Anniversaries are an important part of life. Your anniversary is a date where you focus on your beloved. It is a chance to reflect on your relationship and celebrate all that you have achieved and the closeness you feel. The past can help us understand where we are at as we plan for the future. An anniversary is when our relationship with our beloved is prioritized above everything, including other family members, work, career, etc.
Create an anniversary tradition
It should become a tradition at each wedding anniversary to gift each other a material gift that is not only symbolic of the love you share but a gift that can be a reminder of this love throughout the year. The best gifts are like those listed here that are both precious and represent love. Jewelry and other gifts made from precious metals, stones, and gems will show how much you value your relationship.
Traditional gifts list
A clever way to make gift-giving easier throughout the years of your marriage is to use the list of materials that were put together decades ago to represent each year of marriage. There are lists of traditional and modern materials that symbolize the growing strength of a marriage of the years, starting with paper for the first anniversary and going through various materials before reaching the mighty oak for your 80th anniversary. This means that your first-year gift could be a copy of your favorite photograph from the year since your wedding, which you can frame for home decor.
While giving a material gift is important for a wedding anniversary, you have the day to enjoy together, so take some time to share an experience different from your usual routine.
Watch your wedding video
Most weddings will have some event that makes it stand out from the ordinary caught on tape. Whether it was the best man’s speech that had everyone in fits of laughter or your flower girl refusing to move down the aisle, there’s always something to enjoy and reminisce about, even if it is just the fact it snowed in April. This is perfect for a first anniversary which can be a challenging year after the excitement of a wedding. It is also a great anniversary celebration when your kids are old enough to watch it not just as a reminder that their parents were young once but also to spark questions about friends and family who joined in the celebrations.
Pursue a shared interest
Spend time together on a shared interest or activity. Whilst having individual interests and hobbies is important, joining your beloved at a yoga class could introduce you to something you want to continue doing together into the future. Book some time at a spa in a good local hotel and have a couple’s massage together. Take a sauna, have a manicure, and relax in each other’s company whilst the kids are with their grandparents or friends. Book an overnight stay at the hotel to make the day extra special.
Repeat your proposal experience
It is fun to remember the early days of your relationship and the day you became engaged. Visit the place where the proposal happened or somewhere close to this as possible if the original venue is not accessible. You may have been walking on the beach, at a funfair, having a picnic in the park, but whatever it is, do it again.