Happy Valentine’s Day! Whether you choose to celebrate or not, Feb. 14 is a hard date to ignore. Love is all around, at D.C. area restaurants, cinemas, and even at the zoo. Here’s a handy guide to everything you need to know today:

Get that loving feeling:

Weddings have skyrocketed in the last year in Anne Arundel County. Couples share their love stories.

Last-minute date ideas:

Check out these lists of D.C.’s most romantic places, 10 dates under $20 and dozens of Metro-accessible dates. If all else fails, a new smartphone app can help you find a crazy blind date.

Your D.C. Valentines:

See readers’ Washington-themed love notes — and add your own clever valentine. Then take this test to find out: how deep is your love?

Love at the movies:

“Safe Haven,” “Beautiful Creatures” and “A Good Day to Die Hard” all hit theaters today. If these flicks don’t appeal, there’s always the low-key option to stream movies at home.

And in the animal kingdom:

Feb. 14 is a day of love. Or, in the case of animals at the National Zoo, lust.

An alternative to roses:

What to do if you’re fed up with stale, overpriced buds on Valentine’s Day.

Grammatical pick-up lines:

A grammatically correct guide to scoring the single guy or gal of your dreams.

Love messages from D.C.’s top athletes:

Wizards and Capitals players say “Happy Valentine’s Day,” each in their native language.