How to Be Romantic Without Being Cheesy

There are several ways to express love without being sentimental or embarrassing.
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  • 1There's a fine line between being a hopeless romantic and just being hopeless.
  • 2These tips will help keep you on this side of cheesy.
  • 3You will need insight into your partner,...
  • 4...cliche avoidance, writing skills and an act of kindness.
  • 5Step one.
  • 6Know your partner's tastes, especially when it comes to public displays of affection.
  • 7What's hopelessly romantic to one person is mortifyingly cheesy to another.
  • 8Step two. Avoid cliches.
  • 9If your romantic gesture is a staple of bodice-ripping novels and bad romcoms,...
  • 10...it's probably more cheesy than romantic.
  • 11Step three.
  • 12Unless you're a professional singer-songwriter, don't write your love a song.
  • 13Insipid lyrics, out of tune singing, one-note guitar strumming?
  • 14They haven't got time for the cheese.
  • 15Step four. Do try your hand at writing your sweetie a love letter on real paper.
  • 16To make it romantic without being cheesy, keep it simple and straightforward.
  • 17Don't compare their lips to rubies or their eyes to diamonds.
  • 18Just tell them honestly why you love them.
  • 19If you write them a love poem, make sure it doesn't rhyme.
  • 20Step five. When it comes to gifts, treat your lover like a grown-up.
  • 21If the present is something a five-year-old would enjoy, it's cheesy, not romantic.
  • 22Step six. Do something nice for them that makes their day a little brighter or their life a little easier.
  • 23Sometimes, just being kind is the most romantic gesture of all.
  • 24Did you know? Honolulu was voted the most romantic city in the United States...
  • 25...and Dallas-Fort Worth was voted the least romantic.