A card and a box of chocolates is the go-to Valentine’s Day go-to for many couples , but that is simply not enough if your partner is used to the finer things in life.
Society bible Tatler has shared its pick of the ultimate status symbols that you’ll need if you’re trying to woo a well-heeled man or woman this weekend.
From a £3,000 bouquet to a candlelit dinner of ‘everything pink’, these lavish gestures are sure to impress even the most discerning dates… if you can afford them.
Society bible Tatler has shared its pick of the ultimate status symbols that you’ll need if you’re trying to woo a well-heeled man or woman this weekend. Stock image
A hand-painted chocolate truffle portrait
Chocolate is a crowd-pleaser, no matter how big your bank account, but high net-worth Romeos cannot get away with picking up a Cadbury Milk Tray at the supermarket on their way home.
Instead they must show an extraordinary level of thought and forward-planning… in the form of a hand-painted truffle portrait of that special someone.
Tatler suggests commissioning a master chocolatier to reimagine their beloved in an edible creation. If wooing a health-conscious Valentine, consider making the gift a little less indulgent by plumping for a portrait in 90 per cent dark chocolate..
A song or a poem
From the romantic mix-tape to the carefully curated Spotify playlist, music has long been a popular choice for couples looking for a gift with a personal touch.
But why not upgrade this year’s present by giving your partner an eponymous song instead.
A £3,000 bouquet
Just as the humble box of chocolates should be left to ‘ordinary’ couples, so too should the standard bouquet of supermarket flowers.
Tatler’s pick of the bunch is society florist Pulbrook & Gould, nestled in London’s Mayfair, which is famed for its exquisite creations.
An arrangement of the finest roses would be entirely acceptable, but the company’s ‘Everlasting Valentine Heart’ of preserved roses is the real showstopper – at the cost of £3,000.
Tatler advises getting in touch with a musician to commission a new song all about your beloved, with extra points if you have the budget to pay one of their favourite artists.
‘Everything is pink’ supper
Dinner is dead and supper is king if you are a member of Britain’s upper class. And on Valentine’s Day there is only one colour that your special someone wants to see on the table: pink.
Live by the maxim ‘more is more’ and create an ‘all pink’ meal for two, ensuring everything from the food to the tableware is in a shade of rose, berry or bubblegum.
Salmon, lobster and strawberries are all sensible menu choices – washed down with sparkling rosé, of course.
An engagement ring
Rich or poor, a marriage proposal is the ultimate show of romance on Valentine’s Day. But Tatler explains there is a certain etiquette that must be observed. Stock image
Rich or poor, a marriage proposal is the ultimate show of romance on Valentine’s Day.
If your future fiancé has exacting standards, then a large sparkler is a must. But Tatler explains there is a certain etiquette that must be observed.
‘[A proposal is permitted] so long as it is not, firstly, live in a restaurant, and secondly, the ring is not buried within a mound of heart-shaped chocolates. Should that be on the cards, it is worth finding out which landmarks would be available for private hire to make it ultra special.’
However there are a number of society weddings already on the cards this year – including Princess Beatrice’s and James Middleton’s – so you’ll have to act quickly if you want to bag a desirable date.