Every anniversary is a milestone you’ve reached as a couple, but with every passing year, it can be hard to think of new ways to make this special day romantic and meaningful. But you don’t need lavish plans in order for your wedding anniversary to be memorable – in fact, it’s sometimes the simplest ideas that are the most charming. Here are some romantic ideas to celebrate this special day in style.
Enrol in a workshop to learn something new
With our busy schedules and responsibilities at home and at work, it can be hard to find the time to do things together. But your anniversary is the ideal time to take time out to make new memories together by enrolling in a class or a workshop to do something you’ve always dreamed of trying. From rock climbing, baking or painting to language classes or dance lessons, there are numerous options available to combine quality time together with learning a new skill that you can then practice and enjoy together in the years to come.
Revisit your wedding with dessert
Recreating your entire wedding day may be a stretch, but why not enjoy a nod to it by enjoying a delicious cake that’s made in the style you had at your wedding? You could take the key elements of your cake, from the flavour of sponge you had on the day to the style of icing or the decoration and colours, and miniaturise them into a smaller version to enjoy together or with family and friends. It makes for a fun, and delicious, way to look back on your wedding memories and is guaranteed to transport you right back to your wedding day.
Write letters for the years ahead
Everyone loves to read over letters and heartfelt messages from their loved ones, so what better time than your anniversary to swap meaningful handwritten letters that you’ve penned for each other? The catch is that you can’t open them until the following year, when you’ll be able to celebrate another year of marriage by reading the sweet notes that you each wrote for one another 12 months before. It can become a lovely tradition and over time, you’ll build up a collection of beautiful letters to treasure and look back on. It’s a particularly fun tradition to start for your first wedding anniversary, since the material that represents your first year of marriage is paper!
Recreate your first date
Whether you’re celebrating your first year of marriage or your 21st, it can be all too easy to lose sight of the early days of your relationship. So why not celebrate your anniversary by recreating your first date? Take a trip down memory lane by revisiting the restaurant you went to or watching the film you both went to see at the cinema. Or, if you’ve since moved or the location doesn’t exist anymore, recreate as many features as you can at home.
Host a wedding movie night at home
Soak up the memories of tying the knot by grabbing some popcorn and hosting a wedding-themed movie night at home. Whether you enjoy some quality time, just the two of you, or you invite your wedding party to celebrate with you, it’s a fun way to get into the spirit of your big day. There are plenty of wedding themed films to choose from, from My Best Friend’s Wedding to Bridesmaids, and if you have footage of your own special day, why not kick off the evening by watching your own wedding video?
Go on a personalised scavenger hunt
Over the time you’ve been together, you’ve no doubt built up a long list of fun memories and activities that you’ve enjoyed as a couple. These can be the ideal basis for a personalised scavenger hunt to take your partner on an adventure through the years of your relationship. From the place where you first met to your first date or the location you got engaged, it will be great fun to reminisce about all the exciting milestones in your relationship, and it’ll be completely tailored to you as a couple.
Renew your vows
If you’ve been together for a long time or you’re approaching a milestone anniversary, such as your 25th or 30th wedding anniversary, why not renew your vows? It’s a wonderful way to reconnect with your partner and is a meaningful way to celebrate with loved ones to show that you’re still as committed to one another as you were all those years ago.
Anniversaries are the perfect time to reminisce and get nostalgic for your relationship, however long you’ve been together. From looking back over the trajectory of your time together or recreating elements of your special day to taking part in a new activity as a couple, there are various ways to enjoy a fun-filled and memorable anniversary to celebrate your wedding day.