Celebrate love with Bachelor Nation!
Valentine’s Day is coming, and here at Bachelor Nation, we love any excuse to encourage love.
We sat down with Bachelor Nation fan-favorite Brandon Jones from Season 18 of “The Bachelorette” to discuss his dream Valentine’s Day dates.
These aren’t just any dates, though – they are dates at a variety of price points.
Check out Brandon’s exclusive interview below!
Bachelor Nation: What would you do for a date with a budget of $0?
Brandon Jones: With a $0 budget, I woke up early to go for a walk in search of a nearby rose or flowers that I could pick to give to my valentine. I would then pack a little picnic basket for us with some food I have at home, then head to one of my favorite viewpoints nearby. We walked to the viewpoint talking and brain-picking. We would picnic on the hill until we saw the sunset. Then I would hold my valentine looking at the two beautiful sights until one of them set and I ended up with it.
NOT : Oh my, what romantic ideas for a free date! Okay, now what would you do for a date with a budget of $10?
B.J.: With $10, I’d take $8 and split it between me and my valentine. We were heading to the dollar store to go on a scavenger hunt choosing four things that best describe us. I would take the remaining $2 to buy a disposable camera. We walked around the city making memories and I captured every moment with the camera until it was exhausted.
NOT : Such a cute idea! Next, what would you do for a date with a budget of €100?
B.J.: With $100, I would start the day by spending $10 for 2,000 rose petals from Amazon. I would cover the room in rose petals leading to a path that would surprise her with mimosas and breakfast ($20). We would head to a painting on canvas/drinking wine class where we could learn how to paint canvases and then enjoy a bottle of wine ($50). It’s important because the way to my mother’s heart is through painting and since I suck at it, one of us has to be good. I would take the last one ($20) to go to the store so we could bake/make our favorite dessert at home. I was playing music, 2000s R&B of course, cooking, dancing in the living room and enjoying each other’s company until the day was over.
NOT : What an amazing date all day! Finally, what would you do for a date with a budget of $1,000?
B.J.: With $1,000, I would wake my valentine up with kisses and an envelope. This would involve our itinerary for the day and a photo of a beachfront hotel stay for you, me and Mac, my little dog, to stay for the day ($250). First stop on the route, the envelope would include a shopping coupon for my valentine. I would go with her to choose a dress for the night. One that complements her beauty and also gives her peace of mind so she doesn’t have to worry about what to wear before dinner ($200). Then we would stuff the back of my truck with blankets, pillows, games and food before hitting the road ($50). We were enjoying our day on the beach in good weather, playing with my dog, swimming and laying in the bed of the truck talking and taking a good nap before dinner. I’m an old soul, I’m sorry. We then got ready for dinner and headed to this beautiful restaurant by the sea. I would tell the owner who is a friend of mine about a secluded table I had set up along the beach. It would be covered in rose petals, candles, and I would have my Valentine’s favorite flowers laid out for her ($200). The last surprise during dinner, I would have the hotel room set up with a chocolate fountain, desserts, Valentine’s Day roses, balloons, and our favorite wine ($200). But most importantly, I’d have a note I’d give Mac in her mouth for my Valentine’s Day. It would be a note of all the things that make her so special to me, and how that person really completes me. I would then bring out a necklace that connects to a similar necklace I would be wearing. Whether we’re together or apart, you’ll always be my other half and nothing can get in the way ($100).
NOT : Now that’s a perfect date! Happy Valentine’s Day, Brandon!