It seems to me that anniversary celebration ideas take a bit more effort than expected. At least for me. I love memories and all things sentimental, so just exchanging gifts doesn’t quite seem romantic enough. After all, its not like a birthday when you celebrate one’s birth. When it comes to your anniversary, you are celebrating your marriage, your relationship, your vows to each other, and your commitment before God. Maybe I just have high expectations because this is my first year being married…or I truly am a die-hard romantic!
Here are 8 romantic anniversary traditions:
1. Spend the night at your wedding venue. If that’s not possible, find a new favorite place nearby to stay and make it a new tradition. This is what Seth and I did this year. Our wedding venue was a bit pricey, so we found a little cozy cabin inn nearby which was much more reasonable.We absolutely loved it and might make it our anniversary tradition!
2. Pull out your old love letters and reread them together.
How cute would this be! After a few years of marriage it seems the love letters fade out a bit. Rereading the loving words shared back in the dating days would be a sweet reminder of why you fell in love. While we were dating, Seth and I wrote extensive letters back and forth because we had a long-distance relationship. I treasure those letter so much! Its so cool to see how far our relationship has come since the awkward “getting to know each other” season!
3. Bake a mini, simplified version of your wedding cake. Since this was our first anniversary, Seth and I pulled out the top of our wedding cake (which thankfully survived the freezer) and decided to make a tradition of “cutting the cake” together, just like we did at the reception! It was a great reminder that marriage takes teamwork.
4. Watch your wedding video and look through the wedding pictures. Oh how the sweet (and maybe nervous) memories come back when you are able to “relive” your wedding day. This time you can laugh at your shaky voices as you said your vows, but also see the love in your spouses eyes. Seth and I had a sparkler exit after our ceremony and we absolutely love watching that clip again and again!
5. Remember and list the reasons why you married your spouse and what you love most about them.
After living life with your spouse for years, you may begin to take for granted all the little things your spouse does and who they are. The special character they possess becomes an everyday quality. Recognizing the things you love most about your husband/wife and letting him/her know you appreciate them for who they are means so much. Let your spouse know that they still have your heart!
6. Recreate your wedding reception meal with a evening of cooking together.
I think this is a fantastic idea! During your reception usually you’re so caught up in dancing, trying to talk with people, and in the emotion of just getting married that you’re not even able to eat! Let alone savor the food! What a fun way to celebrate your anniversary by spending some time in the kitchen together. You could go all out with it too: pull up the playlist you made for the reception, incorporate your wedding colors in the table setting, use the fancy dishes you received as wedding gifts…!
7. Create a Yearly Love Journal. Throughout the year write down memories, funny happenings, day to day life… On your anniversary, read through the journal to remember your year together. I would absolutely love to do this! Time flies by so fast and so many little details of married life is forgotten. How amazing would it be to have years worth of love notes, little memories, and candid photos after years of being married?!
8. Visit the place where you got engaged, married, went on your first date or made a special memory. Take a trip down memory lane to the place that holds a special spot in your heart. For Seth and I we love hiking to an outlook where we had a picnic the day after we got engaged. We call it our spot and hiking there brings back so many wonderful memories!
I would love to hear your thoughts! What special way do you celebrate your anniversary? What traditions have you made over the years?