38 Thoughtful Ways to Celebrate Your Wedding Anniversary

If there is one day you don’t want to forget when you’re married, it’s your wedding anniversary.

It’s the day that you joined your life with someone else, and it deserves to be remembered and celebrated.

A card can sum up your feelings but there are other, more meaningful ways that will show your partner what they mean to you. 

If you need some fresh ideas for how to make your wedding anniversary special, here are a few ways you can make the day memorable. 

1. Visit an open house in your dream neighborhood

Almost everyone has a neighborhood that they dream of living in. It might be outside of your budget, but it doesn’t cost anything to look. As you wander through your dream home, spend time talking about how you’d decorate it. You can also pretend to plan the parties you’d throw to show the home off. You’ll get to spend time together and maybe learn something new about each other’s likes and dislikes. After the tour, why not get lunch or dinner at a nearby restaurant? Now, you really can feel like a member of your dream neighborhood.

2. Have a special evening at home

You don’t have to go out on your anniversary: you can celebrate it at home. This is the perfect time to get out your wedding china. Use it for breakfast, lunch and dinner to make the entire day feel special. If you are wondering what to do for entertainment, you can always watch your wedding video or a romantic movie with a bottle of wine.

3. Visit a winery

There is something romantic about wandering through vineyards, and if you’re lucky enough to live close to a winery, it can be an ideal place to commemorate your wedding day. Enjoy the wine tastings that typically come with a tour. Some wineries even have on-site restaurants where you can enjoy a leisurely meal with your partner.

4. Revisit tour honeymoon destination

What could be more romantic than revisiting the place where you spent your honeymoon? Chances are it will take some planning, especially if your honeymoon was at a resort. However, returning to that special place can remind both of you of your love and devotion to each other.

5. Plan a surprise trip

If you’re an adventurous couple, this idea might suit you perfectly. Instead of planning a trip in advance,  look for the cheapest plane tickets the day before your anniversary. Pick a destination based on the lowest-priced fares and enjoy a couple of days at an unexpected location with your significant other.

6. Take a road trip

You don’t have to go far from home, just take a drive outside your city or neighborhood. Make time for plenty of stops and document your short trip on your social media platform. You get to spend time with your partner and share your day with your followers. Since it’s documented online, you never have to worry about losing the pictures from your anniversary trip.

7. Hire a personal chef

Make your anniversary dinner even more special by hiring a personal chef to come to your home. You can enjoy a romantic dinner and you won’t have to worry about cleaning up afterward.

8. Have an evening picnic

There is nothing more romantic than having a picnic under the stars. You don’t even need to leave your home. Set up a blanket in the backyard, and enjoy a romantic dinner for two. If the romance leads somewhere, you’re already home.

9. Give a personal gift

Instead of buying a gift, make one. It’ll have more meaning and can bring back memories of your life together. It can be anything from having your wedding invitation framed to a heartfelt love letter. You can also make an old fashioned mixtape of songs that are special to both of you.

10. Book a table at your favorite restaurant

If you have a favorite restaurant, book a table there. Even better if it’s one where your rehearsal dinner was held. This will bring back memories from your special day, while also helping you create new ones. If your rehearsal dinner was catered, you can always reorder and have it catered in.

11. Revisit favorite date places

Every relationship has a story, and it often includes specific locations. Plan a day to revisit some of the ones that have a significant role in your relationship. It can be where you first kissed or proposed. It’s almost like a walk back in time when you revisit the places where a meaningful event in your relationship occurred.

12. Take a carriage ride

This may not be possible for every couple, but if you live in a city that has carriage rides, it can be a romantic way to celebrate your anniversary. You can cuddle together in the carriage while seeing your city from a new vantage point. Some carriage rides will even drop you off at a restaurant where you can continue to celebrate your anniversary together.

13. Make a reservation at an upscale hotel

You don’t have to leave the city to have an adventure – you can book a suite at a local hotel. Enjoy room service and all of the other amenities during your short stay. Get a couple’s massage or spend time relaxing by the pool. The important thing is that you are celebrating your wedding anniversary together.

14. Recreate your wedding night menu

Can you recreate the first married meal you had with your spouse? Then you should do that. Work together to select the recipes, shop for the ingredients, and cook as a team. To make it more fun, you can also recreate your wedding cake. If you happen to be still dating, and you’re celebrating your dating anniversary, you can cook the meal you first ate on your first date. Generally, cooking is an extremely cheap dating and fun idea that should always be put into consideration. If cooking isn’t your thing, but you want to enjoy a night at home together, order dinner from your favorite restaurant. Then end the evening snuggling on the couch, watching the first movie you saw together.

15. Relive your first date

Even if you’re miles away from where you had your first date, you could go to a similar place and recreate the experience. Maybe even wear the outfits you wore that day. Play the songs that played in the car. Try recapture it all, and experience it again.

16. Have a photo shoot

Make a list of some of your most loved places around town, load up your camera and go on a photoshoot! Go to places that mean something special to you and your spouse. Better still, you can go to the place you had your first kiss or to the church where you got married. Let someone take you a couple of shots. Another idea is to take a photo of you together on your anniversary. Keep an anniversary album for these special memories.

17. Make an anniversary mix CD

Make a playlist of all the songs that are meaningful to you and your partner, go someplace special, relax and listen to it. Share lovely memories and mix them up with music. Another idea is for each person to make a CD and share with the other. Then, stay home and dance!

18. Do something new

Why not mix things up this year? Go ice skating, take a hot balloon ride. Is there a romantic, cheap, or weekend gateway package that you and your spouse have always looked forward to exploring but have never gotten around to doing? You should also find a unique gift and stay within budget.

19. Get crafty

If you’re having an artsy vibe, then you should decorate some pottery for each other. Most towns have a pottery studio or two. Also, you can make something together, like a photo album or a scrapbook of the past year’s events.

20. Watch your wedding video

Have you watched your wedding video? If not, what’s the point of having a video made if you don’t watch it? Your anniversary is an amazing opportunity to remember that special day in your lives. So dust your wedding DVD off and watch the highlights together. If you don’t have one, then perhaps you have a video of a vacation you took together or another memorable occasion. If not, look through your wedding album or pictures that you have taken throughout your years together.

21. Give thoughtful gifts

For every year of your anniversary, there are gifts that you can give. The gift doesn’t have to be expensive; they just have to be thoughtful.

22. Match your gift with your anniversary year

We’ve come to understand that every year has a special gift. For instance, on a fifth anniversary, you can give five roses. In a seventh anniversary, give a seven-minute massage. Make sure the gift is fun and thoughtful at the same time. You can  who can come up with the most creative number themed gift.

23. Just be together

It’s your anniversary, so you need to take the day off. Aside from taking the day off, you should turn off your cell phone – no checking your emails today – and spend quality time together. Keep it simple and get rid of every busy activity. Celebrate your life together because that is what your anniversary should be about.

24. Serve up breakfast in bed

What better way to start the day than to lay together and cuddle in bed, and then enjoy delicious breakfast. You can add some of your spouses’ most loved things and don’t get shy with indulging. This is the day to go all out and spoil yourselves.

25. Include some surprises

Make sure you shower your spouse with love on your anniversary by surprising them in many ways. You can even sneak a gift under your spouse’s pillow, place little love notes everywhere in the house, or even blindfold your spouse and take them to a special place. The element of surprise will create an exciting atmosphere for your special day.

26. Express yourself through touch

Being close physically to your spouse is always the best way to express your feelings. Whether you decide to do this by being intimate, giving massages, or just cuddling up together while you watch moves, or touch and kiss as much as you can on this day. Be touchy and let them know how much they mean to you.

27. Spend the day together

You can start the celebration as early as the night before the big day. Prepare a delicious breakfast in advance, perhaps with some fruit with champagne and pastries. Then get up together early and enjoy that special day together. Start by viewing the sunrise before you enjoy a romantic early morning meal as a couple.

28. Spend the day in bed

If waking up early does not work for you, then you can spend the whole day in bed instead. Spend this special time together, chilling out, relaxing, and taking time talking and enjoying each other’s company. Alternatively, you can treat your loved one to an amazing breakfast in bed, pamper them and let them sleep in. This is a wonderful and thoughtful surprise for a partner who always has to be up early for work or to care for children.

29. Have a home picnic

Enjoy a beautiful sunset together to give that romantic end of the day feeling. Get your foods and drinks, and go to that part of your home where you enjoy and appreciate nature.

30. Have an at-home massage

You can turn your home into a DIY massage parlor. The ideal location for this is your bedroom. In essence, light some scented candles and dim the lights, then turn on some relaxing music and get some luxurious massage oils to treat your partner to the gift of a sensual and pampering spa treatment in the comfort of your own home.

31. Have a romantic shower together

How about you take a romantic shower together? It’s a sensual feeling, whichever way you choose to do it – either by washing each other’s hair, or rubbing shower gel into your partner’s back, or something a little more physical. It’s your wedding anniversary, so do what pleases both of you.

32. Plan another exciting vacation together

In an ideal world, we would pack our things, and take the most amazing, and lavish vacation that we could afford. However, our budgets and jobs don’t always give us the freedom and liberty to go on those vacations. Don’t limit or underrate the value of getting away from your everyday home for a few days. Plan a weekend trip that is inexpensive together – a place you can drive to and will be memorable in its own way.

33. Celebrate with your family and friends

For some couples, anniversary can be personal, but at times, it takes a whole lot of people to support a couple and a growing family. For couples that have a strong relationship with their families and friends, try to include them in the process too. Map out some time for just the two of you, but then let the people close to you know you’d love to celebrate together

34. Create an anniversary scavenger hunt with your family

This family-friendly way to celebrate a wedding anniversary is ideal for couples that have small children. A night away with the sitter watching the kids might be ideal, but maybe the following day, you can create a scavenger hunt for your kids that’s all about your relationship. Make a map and take them to your first date, the place you got engaged, etc. Showing your children how you value your relationship will be an invaluable life lesson.

35. Revisit your first date

This idea is usually perfect for couples that might lost sight of what brought them together in the first place. You can take a trip down memory lane to your first official date. What did you do on that day? If the place is no longer in existence or has moved, you can do something similar to that day. Try to remember the things you talked about, the food you ate, the things that made you fall in love with each other, etc.

36. Do an adrenaline-inducing activity together

If you feel your relationship is a bit stale, then you need something to reignite your bond. How about you do something that will get your adrenaline pumping? This could be as daring or as laidback as you wish, so as long as it’s something you’ve not done together before, do it. Creating new experiences together is an important way to make an anniversary memorable.

37. Recreate an old photo of when you first started dating

Photographs can be quite intimate. Try to recreate your precious moments from the time you were newly dating. If you don’t have those photos, your anniversary is an ideal time to make new ones. If you hate photographs, consider writing each other love letters instead.

38. Do absolutely nothing together

This idea might seem a little silly, but every once in a while, couples need a chance to get unplugged from the outside world and spend quality time together. Turn your phone and your computers off, and spend an entire morning and afternoon together playing games, cooking and watching movie. Keep it light – the more laughter, the better.

Make your anniversary one to remember

Regardless of whether this is your first anniversary or your 60th, each one deserves to be celebrated.

It doesn’t matter where you go or what you do, just make time for each other.

As long as you each feel special on this day, you have successfully celebrated your anniversary and made it one to remember. 

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