The first date can set the tone for the rest of the relationship. Some people go all out when they want to impress a new prospective partner, whereas others might corner you into an awkward money situation when they “forget” their wallet.
Despite those moments, it seems most people try to up the ante as a report published in the Daily Mail noted that the average man spends $245 on a first date. However, some people spend significantly more to wow a potential sweetheart — even though they should probably stop dropping so much money.
Click through to see the splurges of the filthy rich on these lavish first dates.
Romantic Restaurant Dinner
- Cost: $200+
Going out to dinner is a classic date idea that even celebrities love, but the cost for a romantic dinner out doesn’t come cheap. Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez had their first date at the upscale Hotel Bel-Air, Vanity Fair reported. Though Vanity Fair didn’t specify the couple’s exact meal, it was no doubt a pricey one. The bar menu served at Wolfgang Puck at Hotel Bel-Air includes a $265 caviar appetizer and a $118 porterhouse steak.
Hot Air Balloon Ride
- Cost: $478
There’s nothing like an unforgettable view on a romantic date — and a hot air balloon ride is one way to see views you can’t get anywhere else, all while you enjoy a thrilling adventure with your potential sweetheart. Many hot air balloon companies offer first-date-worthy packages, like Napa Valley Balloons’ classic balloon flight package. It includes a 45-minute to one-hour balloon flight, as well as a post-flight breakfast and sparkling wine. The per-person cost of the package is $239, so it would cost nearly $500 in total for a couple.
Private Helicopter Tour
- Cost: $1,995
A staple date on “The Bachelor,” a private helicopter tour is a romantic date idea to see the city from new perspectives. A 30-minute private helicopter tour of New York City will set you back about $2,000, but you can customize your flight to see the sights you want to see most, including the Statue of Liberty, the Brooklyn Bridge and notable Manhattan skyscrapers.
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- Cost: $260+
If you’re out of local date night ideas, consider planning a whirlwind trip to a different city. Kristin Cavallari and Jay Cutler took a 24-hour trip to Nashville as one of their first dates, and she said it was one of her best dates ever, People reported. The average per-person cost to visit Nashville is $130, according to Budget Your Trip, so the couple likely spent upward of $260 before accounting for flights.
Luxury Spa Day
- Cost: $950
One way to win over your love interest is through a luxurious day of pampering and self-care. The top-rated Spa Montage Beverly Hills offers an “ultimate escape” package that includes a 60-minute L.RAPHAEL “Secrets Of The Cote D’azur” customized facial, as well as a 60-minute Beverly Body Bliss or Beverly Body Rescue massage for $475 per person.
Private Yacht Charter
- Cost: $1,350 for four hours
As long as your date isn’t prone to seasickness, a day on a yacht can make for a truly decadent first date. Yacht Charters in Miami offers a four-hour, half-day package for $1,350 on a 37-foot yacht, which has plenty of space for entertaining and relaxing.
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Personal Chef Cooking Class
- Cost: $350
“One of my favorite first-date ideas is to meet for an activity like painting or cooking,” Esther Boykin, licensed marriage and family therapist, told The Knot when sharing her best first-date advice.
Instead of taking a group cooking class, up the intimacy by hiring a private chef to teach a cooking class in your home. New York-based chef Maria of Bella Cucina Maria offers private lessons catered to what you want to cook for $175 per person, and the cost includes planning, recipes, set up and clean up.
- Cost: $400+
Take a first-date tip from one of the hottest celebrity power couples: George Clooney invited his now-wife Amal Clooney to visit him in London for their first date as he was there supervising the recording for the “Monuments Men” score, The Hollywood Reporter reported. Regardless of who picked up the tab for transportation, it definitely cost at least hundreds. A round-trip ticket from New York to London costs upward of $400, and the future Mrs. Clooney likely flew first-class or private, which could exponentially increase the cost.
Private Wine Tasting Tour
- Cost: $150
Boykin told The Knot that she recommends wine tasting at a vineyard or winery as something to do on a date. “If you’re often nervous making small talk, an activity gives you built-in conversation topics,” she said.
The Wolffer Estate Vineyard in Long Island, N.Y., offers private wine tasting tours for $75 per person, which includes a tour of the grounds and the wine cellar, plus complimentary charcuterie and cheese pairings.
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Root for the Home Team VIP Style
- Cost: $9,500
Going to a sporting event can make for a fun first date, but to take the experience up a notch, rent out a private suite to view the game in style. The Suite Experience Group rents out VIP suites on a per-game basis, and suites typically include VIP parking passes and catering. A suite rental for a December New York Jets game is being sold for $9,500 on the site.
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