10 Fun Ideas to Celebrate Your Anniversary
There are so many fun milestones and celebrations in the lead-up to your wedding, but once the big day’s over, daily life takes over. It can be hard to find time to reaffirm your relationship. That’s why anniversaries are so important and taking the time to celebrate your anniversary each year is a must. But how do you keep it fresh? And how do you come up with new and romantic ideas that will fit your budget and lifestyle? The good news is that, with a little thought and creativity, every anniversary can be a unique milestone. To get you started, I’ve put together 10 fun ideas to celebrate your anniversary, whether it’s paper or pearl!
- Go back to your wedding venue. The place where you exchanged vows is always going to be special to the two of you. If it’s a hotel or restaurant, book a special meal or private dining experience. Or, if you had a destination wedding, plan a getaway in the same location.
- Book a spa day. Chances are that you both could use a day off and a bit of pampering! Book a couple’s package at a local spa and take the time to unwind and recharge together. You’ll leave feeling refreshed – and a little closer, too.
- Get the adrenaline pumping. If adventure is more your style (or even if it usually isn’t), a shared adrenaline-fueled activity is a great bonding experience. For example, sky diving, ziplining, hot air ballooning, kayaking, or even a rollercoaster ride.
- Take a road trip. Getting out of town together is always a good idea to celebrate your anniversary, but you don’t have to go far. Even a road trip to a nearby town or city can be a fun shared experience. To make it extra spontaneous, hit the road without a plan in mind. But don’t forget the snacks!
- Rewatch your wedding video. Make it a movie night but with your wedding video as the main feature. This can be especially fun if you have kids and want to include them in your anniversary celebration, as they may not have seen the video before. Make it extra fun with movie snacks and be sure to recollect and share a few stories of the day that may not be on film.
- Write each other a love letter. If you wrote your own vows, you’ll know how special it is to spend some time focusing on exactly why you love your partner and how you see your future together. So why not do the same for your anniversary? Instead of writing vows, put your thoughts and love into a hand-written letter and read them to one another. It can be fun to combine this with quiet time together like taking a hike or watching the sunrise/sunset.
- Book a photo shoot. Many couples will only have professional photographs taken for their engagement and wedding day. But an anniversary is a great excuse to get some updated snaps of the two of you that aren’t selfies. Choose a favorite spot, dress up a little, and then just relax and let your photographer capture your natural dynamic.
- Catch a concert or show. If there’s a type of music you both enjoy, whether it’s rock, jazz, or classical – book a concert to attend together. Extra points if the band or ensemble will be playing a song from your wedding playlist! The theatre is another option, or how about a comedy show?
- Host a party. We tend to save anniversary parties for major milestone years. But if the pandemic has taught us anything, it’s to celebrate every moment while you can! So why not gather family and friends in your home or a local venue for a cocktail or dinner party? You can make it small and simple or more elaborate, with a theme, décor, etc.
- Unplug. Whatever you do to celebrate your anniversary, the most important thing is to be in the moment together. So switch off all those devices and spend a day in bed, go camping in the wilderness, or lay out a stargazing picnic in your back garden.