Dating questions answered for Valentine's Day

Washington Post Staff Writer
Friday, February 12, 2010

Sure, Valentine's Day may be the machination of the Love Industrial Complex (you know, the people behind exorbitant engagement rings and "push presents").

But we at Weekend can see through the flowers and heart-shaped candy boxes -- right through to the good intentions. It is, after all, a prime opportunity to appreciate the one we're with, or to dream up ways to take that great first date to the next level. But how?

With Valentine's Day here, we went on the hunt for answers to some of the most frequently asked dating questions -- everything from "Who should pay?" to "Where should we go on a first date?" For answers, we looked to dating coaches, authors and even Dr. Ruth Westheimer (dubbed the city's new "secretary of the Department of Love and Relationships" by the tourism agency Destination DC).

We didn't find consensus, but the discussion is illuminating. And once you're through reading, it's time to get moving, so we've included 15 great date ideas for you to try tonight, on Valentine's Day or anytime in the next few months. Find even more recommendations on the Going Out Gurus blog through Sunday.

To read on, click the links below or in the This Story box, above.

What are good first-date options?

Where can I go on Valentine's Day to avoid couples?

On a date, who pays?

How can we re-kindle romance in a long-term relationship?

After a first date, how long should you wait before making contact?

15 date ideas and more in the Going Gurus blog

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