The word anniversary means the date on which an event took place or an institution was founded in a previous year. Everybody recognises that a wedding anniversary is just that. Should couples who have never been through a wedding ceremony celebrate a wedding anniversary?
Of course not, because a wedding never took place. However according to the meaning of the word anniversary a couple should celebrate their anniversary, because the event took place.
No one has the right to tell you what you can and cannot celebrate and a successful relationship is always something to celebrate. Simply by living together a couple has made a commitment to their relationship and they will still have a certain date that is significant to them. This doesn’t mean you have to decide on that date to be your anniversary so the question then becomes what should the date be? The answer to that can only be made by the couple concerned.
Which Date To Celebrate?
How do you decide which is your anniversary date – some might say “whatever date she chooses, that’s the one!” others decide that the day they met is their anniversary date and others on the day they moved in together.
There are a myriad of ideas but the fact is that unmarried couples have a world of freedom to choose their very own date, but the decision of when that date should be is personal to them alone and should be made together.
There are some married couples who celebrate an anniversary of when they met and then their actual wedding anniversary; there are even those who say the anniversary of when they met is the most important, that’s romantic. Regardless of the type of relationship, anniversaries are a celebration of the love you have for one another.
Go For It
I think the only response to “not married should I celebrate” is a resounding yes. Organise those anniversary celebrations however you wish, quietly rekindling the romance or throwing a big party, select your gifts with care to reflect the feeling for your partner and most importantly enjoy your day.