Friday 9 December 2016

The do's and don'ts of romance

Published 17/06/2010 | 05:00

DO make a symbolic romantic gesture like Seal and Heidi Klum, who renew their wedding vows every year.

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The couple, who married five years ago, hold a ceremony every anniversary with the vicar who married them in front of family and friends to focus them on why they got married and to give a good example to their three children.

DON'T make it a permanent gesture by getting a loved-up tattoo like Cheryl 'Mrs C' Cole, Katie 'Pete' Price or Johnny 'Winona Forever' Depp. According to clinics specialising in tattoo removals, a former flame's name is the most frequent regret. Think before putting it in ink.

DO make a public declaration of your love like 'Crazy In Love' singer Beyonce who dedicated her MTV award to new husband Jay Z, thanking him for 'putting a ring on it'.

DON'T look crazy in love on live TV by jumping up and down on a sofa like Tom Cruise did on Oprah after declaring his love for Katie Holmes.

DO follow a great example like Paul Newman, who was described by wife Joanne Woodward as "the most considerate, romantic man" and was married 50 years. Before his death in 2008, he said the secret to a lasting marriage was affection and respect.

DON'T treat weddings as a photo call for a glossy mag.

DO treat your other half to a nice surprise that shows you know them.

David Beckham snapped up a limited-edition of the €750 book Valentino Garavani: First Name in Fashion and had it signed by the designer knowing he's one of his wife's favourites.

DON'T be tight like poor Britney Spears' man Jason Trawick and take your date to a drive-through McDonald's on Valentine's Day.

Although knowing Brit's love of fried food, perhaps this was exactly what she asked for ...

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