When it comes to your wedding anniversary, it’s important to celebrate the love and connection that you and your partner share. You should celebrate the years you have been together and look forward to more. From the simple to the grand, here are five romantic ways to celebrate your anniversary.
1. Go on a picnic.
Pack a blanket, some snacks, and your favorite bottle of wine or champagne, and head to a nearby park or beach for a relaxing picnic. This is a great way to spend some quality time together and enjoy each other’s company. Additionally, you can do this right at the end of the day. Watching the sunset together is incredibly romantic, and the lighting is amazing during the golden hour. You can even take it one step further and stick around for an hour of stargazing — reminiscing and telling stories under the stars is as intimate as it gets. Find a spot away from city lights, lie down on a blanket, and enjoy the show.
2. Make dinner at home.
If you want a personal touch on your anniversary, you might like the idea of having a home-cooked meal. Whether you choose to cook your favorite dish from when you first met or try something new, cooking together is a great way to bond and can be much cheaper than going out to eat. You know your partner best, so consider which one they’ll enjoy more: a surprise dinner, or preparing a meal together. Add some candles and soft music to set the mood. Plus, you can enjoy a glass of wine or some champagne while you cook!
3. Take a walk down memory lane.
Pull out old photos and home videos or take a look through your social media posts from previous anniversaries. Reminisce about all the happy times you’ve had. Take out all the memorabilia and souvenirs from your wedding, and tell each other stories — who knows, maybe you have an amusing story about a relative at your wedding that your partner never heard about. You can even go on a short walk or drive to revisit the spots where you and your partner shared special moments.
4. Have another wedding ceremony.
For this one, instead of taking a walk down memory lane, you go one step further and paint it red. Recreating your wedding is a grand gesture that will remind you how brightly your passion flared for each other. Apart from that, having your children, extended family, and friends around will make it more special. While planning another ceremony may be somewhat hard, it’s not like you haven’t done it before — it’ll be easier the second time around. You can opt to do it in the same venue and style, or if you got married a couple of decades back, you can try a new theme that wasn’t trendy when you first got married. You have to admit, a rustic wedding on a farm sounds more magical than a period-accurate, traditional 70s wedding.
This option is usually reserved for milestones such as your ten-year anniversary, 25-year anniversary, and so on, but who says you can’t do it anyway?
5. Go on a vacation.
Going on a romantic getaway is a great way to rekindle the love in your long-term relationship. It can help you forget about the stresses of daily life and reconnect with your partner. Whether you go to a quiet, secluded spot or visit a new city, going on an adventure together can liven up your relationship.
Just like the previous tip, you can choose to recreate your honeymoon or go to places you have never been before. Each one has its own advantages; recreating your honeymoon will hit you with a gigantic wave of nostalgia, while going to a new destination will make you feel like you are starting a new chapter in life together. You can even use this as an excuse to finally go to that place you two have been talking about going to for a long time but never really went. Regardless of which one you choose, you should first consult with your partner before going. This will be a somewhat big expense, so they have to be onboard. You’ll need to do quite a bit of planning, too!
Anniversary celebrations come in all shapes and sizes, but they all have one common goal: to remind you of how much you love and appreciate your partner. Whether you choose to do something simple like going for a walk or something more extravagant such as recreating your wedding ceremony, make sure it reflects your personality and the relationship you’ve built together over time. We hope our list of ideas has inspired you to plan an anniversary celebration that will make both of you happy!