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Who’s already thinking about Valentine’s Day plans?! While I love a delicious dinner out, John and I usually opt for something else on February 14th, since restaurants can be crowded and expensive in the evening. If you’d like to do something out of the ordinary, too, we’ve rounded up three of our favorite date ideas with the help of Texas jewelry company Bailey, Banks, and Biddle. (And just saying: if your love language leans toward gifts, you might want to leave this browser open where your significant other can see it… any of these pieces we’re sporting would make an amazing Valentine’s Day present!)

Before we get to the date ideas, though, I want to make SURE you don’t miss the amazing giveaway we’re hosting with Bailey, Banks, and Biddle!! I know, we usually put these at the bottom of the post, but this one is just too good for you to miss…

From left to right: Statement Round Quilted Engament Ring, Intricate Basket Engagement Ring, and Quilted French Pave Princess Cut Engagement Ring, all by A. JAFFE

One lucky person will WIN his or her choice of one of three A. JAFFE engagement ring settings and a .55 carat loose diamond. We saw these rings in person to photograph them, and let me tell you: they are extremely beautiful. Whether you’re engaged or not or already have an engagement ring or not, ENTER below! One of these would make a great right-hand ring, too :)

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Official rules for this giveaway can be found here.

And now, on to the date nights! First up, Kristin and Kyle opted for a mid-morning get-together. Many of y’all already know our Editor-in-Chief’s love language is brunch, so pancakes and swirly coffee were just the tickets for their love day celebration. If you’d like to try a brunch date yourself, head out on the weekend or take a few hours off work mid-week (a sure-fire way to beat the crowds!).

All photos by Blue Ribbon Vendor Jacqui Cole. Kristin’s jewelry includes pearl earrings, a pearl bracelet, and a pearl cuff bracelet. Girl likes her pearls :)

Date Idea No. 2: Marissa and Brandon also chose to forgo dinner, and instead focused on the best part of any meal: sweets! They hit up three different dessert spots for what we like to call a “dessert crawl.” Ideally, your dessert locations would be in walking distance from each other, so you can burn off a few calories in between indulging! “Since I work days, and Brandon works most evenings, the ‘dessert crawl; was such a fun way to celebrate without the time constraint of a dinner reservation,” says Marissa. “We even chose to get our last desert to go, so we could enjoy some time walking and chatting!”

All photos by Blue Ribbon Vendor Jessica Bordner. Marissa’s jewelry includes a diamond station necklace, stackable rings (available in store or via special order), and a custom A.JAFFE map necklace. Brandon is wearing a Jack Mason watch.

Date Idea Number 3: If you don’t want to brave the crowds at all, you can try what John and I did, and order in! We picked up pasta from our favorite local spot, then gathered all of the throw pillows from the rest of our house and cozied up in front of the fireplace. For dessert, we made these molten chocolate lava cakes – YUM!

All photos by Blue Ribbon Vendor Julia Wade.

There you have it! Three easy and fun Valentine’s Day date ideas, and a great source for a Valentine’s Day present, if you’re looking for one :) Don’t forget to enter our engagement ring giveaway at the top of the post, and please tell me: what do you have planned for Valentine’s Day?

This post is brought to you by Bailey, Banks, and Biddle. Thank you so much for your support of the brands who make Southern Weddings possible!

emily Written with love by Emily
  1. avatar Allison reply

    All such fun ideas! I guess I’ll just have to celebrate Valentine’s Day for the new few weeks. :)

  2. avatar Brooke Paris reply

    These are all so cute! I love seeing the real lives of the southern weddings gals!

  3. avatar Bob Weiss reply

    Just love Southern Weddings

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  5. avatar Darrick Barrett reply

    Taking her to a mountain hot springs spa!

  6. avatar luther reeger reply

    very nice thanks for the chance

  7. avatar kristin romine reply

    So elegant and feminine!

  8. avatar Deanna Garrett reply

    That ring is sooo pretty

  9. avatar Bernice Wright reply

    Beautiful ring

  10. avatar Donna DePaolo reply

    How lovely and classic!

  11. avatar Constance Smith reply

    Thank you!

  12. avatar Janice Lee reply

    I and my husband have different schedule for Vday… so i planned to have a post celebration og sunday.. Maybe a dinner date and watch a movie after.. for me true meaning of Valentines day is not how much you spend or buying expensive gifts but to make your special someone feels how you truly love them and valued… I may not have much money even how i wanted to get him a nice stuff but being with him is priceless specially on heart day… Happy Valentines Day to all!! And to all folks behind this… I do really love your rings and hope i could wear one of them oneday…. Goodluck!

  13. avatar Cynthia Rieke reply

    My parents named me thinking I would be a southern belle as my father’s family was from the south. Whenever I visit the south I always feel like it is Deja Vu.
    These rings are beautiful! Recently married, my engagement ring was my husbands grandmother’s over 100 years old. While it has sentimental value, it is showing its age and I would love have my own ring to pass down.
    These rings are gorgeous and thank you so much for making it possible to win one.

  14. avatar Chris Jarboe reply


  15. avatar Ronnie Trompeter reply

    Hope we win

  16. avatar Joseph Fleming reply

    Nice looking diamonds.

  17. avatar pat reply

    beautiful jewelry

  18. avatar Melanie Alioto reply

    My sweetie and I exchanged cards and had a wonderful prime rib seafood dinner on Valentines Day!

  19. avatar Mary Wawrzonkowski reply

    A relaxing night in with my wonderful husband. I’ll make his favorite dinner and dessert and we’ll Netflix binge. Perfect.:)

  20. avatar James Barczak reply

    Nice to win that ring!

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  22. avatar Brenda reply

    Love the rings

  23. avatar Sue Doersam reply

    I would love to win one of these beautiful rings!! My ring size is 7.

  24. avatar Donna Godfrey reply

    Love these rings

  25. avatar marcia hunt reply

    i would love to win this ring its so lovely and would make my wedding the best

  26. avatar Sue Doersam reply


  27. avatar Twilla Hardy reply

    I’ve be.en married for over 30 years , never had a ring like this . Sure would like to win this

  28. avatar oksana ognevchuk reply

    would love to win!!!!

  29. avatar walter tucci reply

    love is not something you find, it is something that finds you.

  30. avatar Jacqueline Charles reply

    That is something that can be handed down through the family.

  31. avatar Deborah Fuller reply


  32. avatar Barb Eck reply

    My wedding & engagement rings were recently either lost or stolen, I would love to have this as my ring for our 45th anniversary which is coming up in April. Thank you for the contest. Barb

  33. avatar joann reply

    I want to win this beautiful ring

  34. avatar Corinne Soper reply

    Love to win one of these rings.

  35. avatar Cecilia Griffin reply

    Hope I win Than k. YouFor letting me enter.

  36. avatar yuri reply

    To tream my lady with a full breakfast in bed ! she just got her sabbatical from school approved !. she need a lot of pampering ….
    Thanks GUYS !

  37. avatar Karen Gallaghef reply

    This would be a wonderful romantic time. We have been married for 15 years. We have not taken another anniversary since our fifth anniversary due to my declining health. My health causes me to walk with a cane or in a wheelchair. This would really be a great time for us!

  38. avatar Karen Gallagher reply

    It would be wonderful to win one of the diamond rings.

  39. avatar Stephanie Anderson reply

    Your diamonds are so beautiful!

  40. avatar Karen Washington reply

    The ring is beautiful I would love to win one

  41. avatar Linda Baillie reply

    Thank. You

  42. avatar Patricia Fugate reply

    I love all kinds of rings.

  43. avatar Paula Deeter reply

    Love them all….

  44. avatar Carson Fallquist reply

    My bride would love this ….

  45. avatar Donna Brever reply


  46. avatar Becki Cannon reply

    Cool ideas

  47. avatar KATIE KICZA reply


  48. avatar Madeline reply

    This could be a great stress relief for my fiance its absolutely gorgeous

  49. avatar Roxanna Kennedy reply

    I would love to win this .

  50. avatar Nancy Price reply

    Been married for 46 years this April, I would love to win a new ring!

  51. avatar Nakishia Stile reply

    Late but spend time with my family.

  52. avatar Linda Meyers-Gabbard reply

    Been so long since we’ve been on a date night….lol love these ideas. Thank you

  53. avatar Lora Huffman reply

    out to eat NO dishes yahoo

  54. avatar Assia Elhiba reply

    Thank you

  55. avatar Teresa Stroup reply

    my fiancé could not afford to purchase a diamond ring for our engagement, so my ring is sterling silver with a CZ. It would be nice to be able to replace it for him.

  56. avatar Cheryl Hill reply

    I love the way the ring looks, it’s elegance and so detailed design with it’s perfection.

  57. avatar Corina reply

    Out to dinner and a movie!

  58. avatar Linda Clark reply

    These rings are so beautiful!!

  59. avatar linda Ingle calloway reply

    i want it

  60. avatar Paula VanSlyke reply

    Would love to have one of these rings!

  61. avatar Alexis Garcia reply

    These rings are beautiful

  62. avatar Michelle Baker reply

    Diamonds are a girls Best Friend?

  63. avatar Debbie Weaver reply

    Lovely gift

  64. avatar Rinda Jarvis reply

    Lovely pictures

  65. avatar Kseniya Krivoruchko reply

    Picnic on a cliff of LA Jolla in California while overlooking the ocean.

  66. avatar Vanessa Royal reply

    Go on a romantic getaway for 4 .

  67. avatar tara mckenzie reply

    Thank you!

  68. avatar Carolyn reply

    A walk in the sea breeze.

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Along with romantic proposals and handwritten vows, few things get our hearts pounding like heirloom engagement rings. Passing down rings (or even just the jewels from them) is especially prevalent in the South, where we cherish heirlooms in all forms, but when there isn’t already a diamond in the family, many engaged gals dream of starting the tradition themselves. We love this idea so much that, with the help of our friends at Jewelers Mutual, we’ve rounded up a few tips for taking the best possible care of your engagement ring, in the hopes that your future daughters and granddaughters can love it as much as you do!Advertisement

Audrey + Ryan | Leslie Hollingsworth

Get your ring insured. This is one of the first things we suggest doing after getting engaged, because if your ring is lost or stolen and you can’t replace it, there won’t be anything to pass down in the first place. A recent survey by Jewelers Mutual found that while 60 percent of people dream of passing down their rings, only 40 percent have their rings insured. As y’all can clearly see, those number don’t add up! Jewelers Mutual was founded by jewelers and remains very involved in the jewelry industry, and with their in-depth knowledge and understanding of the sentiment and importance your ring has to you, they’re a wonderful resource for keeping your ring protected.

Alyson + Brian | Leigh Webber

Visit your jeweler regularly. Since you most likely wear your ring every day, it’s susceptible to quite a bit of wear and tear. At least once (preferably twice) a year, bring your ring in to your jeweler to have it professionally cleaned and inspected. That way, if any of the prongs loosen or become insecure, they can be repaired well before you risk losing any diamonds.

Morgan + Jason | Lang Thomas

Be careful where you wear your ring. Diamonds may be extremely durable, but that doesn’t mean they’re indestructible. Take your ring off to do any kind of hard manual labor and store it in a safe place. We recommend buying a pretty little box or dish to keep your ring in every time you take it off–Paloma’s Nest is one of our favorite sources!

Lori + Ryan | Mark Eric

Keep it clean. Lotions, soaps, and even the oils in your hand can make gemstones look cloudy, so along with professional cleanings, give your ring some TLC every once in awhile. The best at-home cleaning method varies depending on the stone and metal of your ring, so ask your jeweler to make a recommendation.

We’d love to know, do you wear an heirloom ring? Or do you plan on passing yours down?

lisa Written with love by Lisa
  1. avatar Anna reply

    I have an heirloom ring and it’s one of the most special things to me! The diamond was my great grandmother’s whom I never met but was named after and born on her birthday.

    I received her engagement ring for my 21st birthday and wore it as a cocktail ring for a while until I started dating my now fiance and gave it back to my parents for safekeeping when I knew he was the one. We looked at different rings together since I knew that I wanted it reset in white gold. I found the most gorgeous vintage looking setting that he had it the diamond placed in.

    Not only are these heirloom gems special because of where they came from but I personally think they are 10 times as gorgeous since they were hand cut at the time of their production. My ring sparkles unlike any of my friend’s rings and I wouldn’t trade it for the world. It will definitely continue to be passed down!

  2. avatar Robyn McNally reply

    I love wearing my heirloom engagement ring and I can’t wait to wear the matching band on May 24th!!! My ring was my grandmothers from 1950!!!

  3. avatar Molly reply

    Proud owner of an heirloom sapphire engagement ring from the 1920s. I wouldn’t’ trade it for a million bucks!

  4. avatar Danielle reply

    Thank you so much for this article! I got engaged back in December and my ring is my maternal grandmother’s ring, which makes me nervous to wear it, but it’s too beautiful not to!

    I definitely plan on passing my ring down to either a daughter or granddaughter, thank goodness I have a lot of time to enjoy my ring until then :)

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