Your anniversary is a special day to commemorate the love you share with your partner. It can be extra special if you put a little effort into making it memorable. Here are 10 ways to make your anniversary more memorable.
Plan a weekend getaway.
Treat yourselves to a relaxing night or two away from home for your anniversary. Spend some time on yourselves without the kids or work responsibilities. A night or two away from home will rejuvenate you and give you a chance to reconnect.
Whether it’s at the hotel down the street, an Airbnb, or a local B&B, just the act of making that special reservation for your anniversary will give you something to look forward to.
From a weekend afternoon to an extended holiday, an anniversary allows you to take some time off for yourselves. Book a romantic hotel and enjoy each other’s company. It will be a unique experience.
Plan a new activity.
Whether it’s taking an archery class or going on a wine-tasting tour, you can do something different for your anniversary this year.
Experiencing something new together is a great way to build memories and strengthen your bond as spouses. You can make plans for something you’ve always wanted to try or go somewhere new in your area. Just make sure you don’t do anything that could end in injury or embarrassment!
Make a list of things you’ve never done together and create a challenge for yourselves. Learn a new skill, make a gingerbread house from scratch, or go on a road trip with no destination in mind.
This year, why not try to eat at every restaurant within a three-mile radius or spend the weekend volunteering at an animal shelter? The idea is to have fun, so get creative and plan something you’ve always wanted to do.
Having a good time on your anniversary should be easy since that’s the whole point. Instead of the same old dinner and a movie, this year, do something different. You’ll be glad you did.
Go back in time.
Do you remember the first time you met? The first date? How about your very first kiss? You can commemorate that memory by recreating your first date on your anniversary.
If you want to go old school, recreate that first date by taking yourselves on a picnic in the park, dressing up in your fanciest outfits, or taking a stroll down memory lane at the place you shared your first kiss.
Recreating that special date will help you both feel like teenagers again. You might even feel nervous; remember what it’s like to get butterflies in your stomach.
Celebrate your 10th, 20th, or 50th wedding anniversary by reminiscing on the past with something that has special meaning to both of you. You can also dress up in your wedding clothes, similarly decorate the house, or have dinner at the restaurant where you had your first date together.
Start an anniversary tradition.
You can also strengthen your bond with each other by turning one of your favorite activities into an anniversary tradition.
It could be something as simple as making s’mores over your backyard fire pit every year on your anniversary to something more elaborate like attending the opera together once a year on your anniversary.
The important thing is to find something you both look forward to each year and make a plan to do it.
Plan something that will make your life together better, like upgrading the bedroom furniture or getting a new
You can also create an annual tradition by giving each other a new tradition to start every year. For example, your anniversary gift could be something for your backyard garden, or it could be an antique teacup you use for your morning coffee every year.
Make a year-by-year comparison of your lives.
This is a beautiful way to see how far you’ve come throughout the years. Start by looking at your wedding album and small trinkets, like your favorite keepsakes from when you were engaged. Then, compare your life to your life now.
What’s the same? What’s different? You may be surprised by how much you’ve changed throughout the years. Isn’t it amazing how much we change in such a short amount of time?
This is also a great way to talk about all the things you’ve learned and how you both have changed over the years. You can also talk about any milestones in your relationship, such as getting married or having children. What would you change if you could go back in time? This is a great way to learn more about what your partner values and what they would change if they could go back in time.
Take a picture of yourselves each year at the same spot to see how much you’ve changed throughout the years.
You can have a lot of fun with this idea and see how much your kids have grown as well. Depending on where you take the picture, it will be a keepsake that will bring you joy for years to come.
Come up with a list of 10 things you love about one another.
This is not only a fun activity, but it’s also a great one to use as the basis for your next date night.
Come up with 10 things you love about each other and then bring them to life in a creative way. Have fun with it, and see what ideas you can develop based on those 10 things.
For example, if you love that your husband always makes you laugh, plan a night of one-liners and jokes. If you love that your wife always gets excited about your ideas, plan a day of trying out different hobbies together. Or, if you love the way your spouse is always there for you, schedule a day to show your appreciation and spend some time together doing things that matter to you.
Hide a love letter for your spouse to find on the anniversary of your first date.
This is a great way to keep it romantic and exciting throughout the years. Write a love letter to your spouse on the anniversary of your first date, telling them how much you still love them after all that time.
Put the letter in an envelope and then place it somewhere that your spouse will be sure to find it. You can hide it in a book, under their pillow, or even on the windshield of their car.
Tell them how much you love and miss them and how excited you are to celebrate your anniversary with them. Reminding them how much you love them will ignite their passion and once again bring your relationship to a whole new level.
Get a couples massage.
This is a great option any time, but it’s especially nice for your anniversary date night. Not only will the massage relax you, but it will give you a chance to catch up and spend some quality time together. Relaxing together and letting someone else give each of you a message for an hour will bring you even closer.
Getting pampered with manicures/pedicures, facials, or just sharing a dessert at the spa is another great way to relax and have fun on your anniversary date night.
You can also plan your anniversary around the spa to make it even more special. Some spas offer special deals and packages just for anniversaries, or they may give you a romantic spa treatment together.
Regardless of what you choose to do, be sure to listen to one another’s needs and do something that will make your spouse feel loved and appreciated.
Surprise your partner with a special trip.
Be sure to plan a romantic dinner, have a great time together, and enjoy one another’s company. Remember, this vacation is to celebrate your love, and no matter where you go, it will be a special time that will bring you closer together.
If you still think of that place as the romantic getaway you went to on your honeymoon, it will be a wonderful place to go for your anniversary.
If you’ve been too busy lately to go somewhere special, spending a night away from home will be the perfect way to reconnect with one another. If your kids are old enough, plan to leave them with a friend or family member.
Cook a romantic dinner for two.
After all those years together, it’s time to take one another out for a meal. Go out to eat at your favorite restaurant or cook a nice, romantic dinner at home for two.
Take some time out of your busy schedule and cook a special meal just for the two of you. If you’re feeling ambitious, you can even give it a romantic twist. Bake heart-shaped sugar cookies, decorate the table with rose petals and candles, play some soft, romantic music, and make a beautiful meal.
Serve your favorite foods and dress up for the occasion to set the mood. Be sure to take everything nice and slow so you can enjoy each other’s company.
Whether your anniversary includes dinner out or at home, be sure to plan something special, dress up, and take it slow. Relaxing together over a nice meal will help bring back the romance in your marriage.
Sometimes it takes a bit of creativity to make your anniversary feel special. But don’t let the date get lost in the hustle and bustle of everyday life.
Use these anniversary ideas to bring back the romance and excitement you experienced when you first got married. These ideas will help you re-ignite the flame in your relationship so that it can burn brighter than ever.
Make use of this article to make sure you have a great anniversary date!