Completing an entire year of marriage with the love of your life is special. There are a number of things you can do to celebrate this important milestone in your marriage but to make the occasion memorable, you will have to go off the beaten path. Here are 5 first anniversary ideas that will make this event one to remember:
1. Enjoy a Staycation
If you and your spouse are too busy or prefer a small and peaceful celebration with just the two of you, arrange a romantic staycation at a luxury hotel or better yet, a resort. Consider this as a second honeymoon to make the occasion extra magical.
Take a flight to another state if you have to, switch off all of your mobile devices and cut yourself off from the world. Enjoy each other’s company and re-forge your love for one another on your very first wedding anniversary.
2. Go On an Indoor or Outdoor Picnic
If the weather on your wedding anniversary is nice, take a picnic basket out to the beach, the park or better yet, a secluded section of a (safe) forest to make the experience magical. While you can do this in the morning, gazing lovingly into each other’s eyes with onlookers can be awkward and will ruin the occasion.
Avoid the crowd with a midnight picnic out on the beach where you can lie on a blanket and stargaze till the sun comes up. The sunrise over the water will be a fitting end to an anniversary night filled with intimacy and shared secrets that you may not have had the time to disclose because of your busy schedule.
If it is too cold out on the other hand, open up a bottle of wine and snack from an assortment of chocolates while curling up in front of a roaring fire.
3. Relive your first date
Not just any date. Pick the place the two of you first met and relive the moment. If the place was a restaurant or an amusement park that has closed down, make reservations at a fancy restaurant and go all out with the glam.
Wear that sexy black dress that you shoved at the back of your closet and get your suit dry cleaned before the big night. Pretend you are meeting each other for the first time and get to know each other all over again.
4. Make a Romantic Dinner Together
No one wants to spend his or her anniversary slaving away in the kitchen. Pull your spouse in with you and cook something that both of you can really appreciate. Try something simple (such as a salad and salmon dish or even spaghetti and meatballs) that won’t weigh you down if you have an intimate night ahead of you.
Among easy first anniversary ideas, this will strengthen your relationship and make your spouse appreciate all of the hard work you do in the kitchen every day. It can even encourage your partner to be more helpful around the house in the future which will only make your relationship stronger.
5. Exchange Thoughtful Gifts
Perfumes and ties are so outdated not to mention boring gift ideas. This is your first wedding anniversary we are talking about!
Make it memorable by getting custom gifts for your significant other such as a special edition of their favorite childhood book, a love letter written on scented paper, custom wall art or a collage of pictures that depict special memories you two share.
These first wedding anniversary ideas are not set in stone though. Be creative and come up with special ideas of your own based on what you and your spouse like and appreciate about each other. You are the only ones who can make this special occasion truly memorable.