There are certain events in life that are incredibly important, one of those is your wedding day. You are marrying the person you love and want to spend the rest of your life with. After that big day, things can become routine and familiar, but it is important to try and keep the romance alive. One way to do that is to celebrate your wedding anniversary with the same love and commitment that you did when you got married. Here are a few ideas for romantic ways you can celebrate your wedding anniversary.
Recreate the Wedding Night Menu
One way that you can be romantic and nostalgic at the same time is to recreate the meal you had at your wedding reception. You probably have a copy of the menu from your wedding somewhere, so go out and buy the ingredients you need. It will be a great surprise if you don’t tell them what you’re doing, just try to do it when they are out at work or with friends. You might have to get your friends to help you out by keeping them busy for a few hours. Try to recreate it as close to the original as you can, complete with wine and dessert. When they get home, they will be thrilled that you have taken the time to do something like that.
Relive Your First Date
Do you remember your first date? They are usually fairly inexpensive dates because you don’t know each other that well. They are usually at a generic restaurant or bar so that there are no problems with the food, and they often don’t involve too much alcohol. It can still be a nice thing to do to try and recreate your first date, particularly if it went well. It can be all the better if the venue is still there and you still live nearby because you can simply step back in time and relive the whole experience again. However, if the restaurant isn’t there anymore, or you live too far away, then don’t worry. All you need to do is find somewhere similar to where you first dated and do the same thing you did then. If you went to the movies, then go see a different movie this time.
Have a Photo Shoot
Do you remember where you had your first kiss? What about where you went on a first date? These places hold special memories for you both, so why not go and visit these places again? You can take a camera with you and take some snaps of the two of you together sitting in the same spot you did years before. It will also be nice to revisit some of these places; you might not have been back to them since that first time. Another nice thing to do is to take a photo of the two of you on your anniversary each year and keep them in a photo album.
Make a Music Playlist
In a relationship, there are often songs that mean something to you both. It might be the first song you danced to or the one you chose for your wedding dance. These songs are part of your life together, and they provoke good memories. To celebrate your anniversary, why not create a playlist of all your favorite songs and sit down to listen to them. You could even make a playlist each and play them for each other. It will be interesting to hear what the other person has chosen. You could play the songs in the car on your way to the restaurant, or perhaps at a hotel, if you are having a weekend away to celebrate. You could even do the same for movies, watch the first movies you saw together each year on your anniversary. It can be little things like these that can maintain happy relationships.
Try to Do Something New
When your anniversary comes around, do you always go to the same restaurant? Perhaps you always go out for a meal and maybe a drink. Although this is a nice thing to do, it can get a little predictable after a while. To combat that, why not consider doing something different next year? Think of something you have both always wanted to do and go for it. Not only will you have the excitement of doing something for the first time, but you will also have the memories of that anniversary for years to come. You could make it a habit that you always do something new on your anniversary.
Do Some Crafting Together
If you both like making things and like art, then maybe you could do something craft based on your anniversary? There are many places now that let you paint plates or vases and then fire them for you. It could be a nice way to celebrate, and you can even involve the kids as they get older. Another craft idea is to go somewhere that makes pottery and see if you can make something together. It doesn’t have to be perfect, as long as you both had fun making it.
Give a Thoughtful Gift
For some, the idea of having to come up with a gift that will be special fills them with dread. However, it doesn’t have to be that way; you can find many ideas of thoughtful gifts that others have done and do a similar thing. One way is to give a gift that matches your anniversary year. For example, one year is paper, so you could give them special stationery or perhaps a customized book signed by their favorite author. It doesn’t have to be expensive or flamboyant; it just has to have thought and love attached.
These are just a few of the ways you can celebrate your wedding anniversary. There are plenty of ideas out there to keep you going for many years, all you need is to plan ahead.