Wedding anniversaries are a nerve testing experience for newly married couples, especially when it is your first anniversary. The urge to surprise your spouse can often prove to be very exciting, yet a challenging task.
With changing trends, there is a need to come up with unique ideas that will completely baffle your spouse. Unique does not have to be costly. You can plan a great surprise while staying within your budget. Most of these ideas can be easily executed at home. All it requires is a little dedication and some hard work.
Show your spouse the love you hold for them inside your heart. First anniversary is always an exciting event for both partners. While both expect to get the most out of their day, women tend to expect more than the men. It has been a tradition in every marriage, that the man will plan something big for anniversary, while the lady can gift a small item.
I remember from my first anniversary when my husband woke me up with a pair of tickets to the local opera, followed by a dinner at my favorite restaurant. He chose the Opera because we had met in front of the opera for the first time. Below, I have handpicked 5 best ways to celebrate your first wedding anniversary.
A Trip Down Memory Lane
It is important you keep the charm alive in your marriage. Whether it is your first anniversary or the tenth, you have to make your spouse feel loved and exciting at the same time.
For this tip, you can plan a night out to the place where you first met, or reenact the whole first date. In case you had met with friends for the first time, choose the place where you had your first official date. Go to the same restaurant, or do the same activities that you did years back, she is going to love it.
Romantic Backyard Dinner Accompanied by Fireworks
Ladies, you do not have to worry if he can’t take the day off on your first wedding anniversary. Try to make the most out of this situation. Cook a meal for two in your kitchen. Include his favorite dish in the menu, or you can even copy your wedding night menu.
Layout a table with chairs in the backyard and a candle stand in the middle. Once he comes home, help him to take off his suit jacket and guide him to the backyard. Once he is done eating, and complimenting you of course, whisper (happy anniversary) before setting off the fireworks. (Tip: You can also ask someone else to set off fireworks for you).
A Morning Breakfast with Personalized Collage
No woman will ever love anything more than a breakfast in her bed. Prepare a breakfast for her; include the items of her choice in menu. With ready to cook products, making breakfast is as easy as 123.
Next, you need to compile your favorite photographs, and make a collage on the newspaper from your wedding day. The newspaper will serve as the background of your collage. This is a budget friendly idea, yet a strong one.
A Day Off
Take a day off from your work and wake up late. Stay free from stress and turn off your cell phones. Try to spend as much time together as you can. Spend the day helping her with house chores and preparing a meal for her. Take an appointment from a local spa and drop her off. Make her feel pampered; she is going to love it.
Take a Trip to Favorite Resort/Location
Another outstanding idea for the first wedding anniversary is a trip to the favorite resort or location. You can plan in advance about where you want to go. It can be a local resort few kilometers away, a different city, or even a country (provided have the funds and time). Book a beach villa with private pool, instruct the hotel authorities to fill bath tub with rose petals. It is going to feel like Hollywood.
While all these tips can make your maiden anniversary a memorable one, it is important to remember that you need to love each other from heart. Don’t let stress take better of you. While it is important for us to work and earn money, some of us forget the values of other individuals in our life. Love each other like there is no tomorrow.
Sophie Evans lives with her loving husband Rick in Balboa Beach, CA. They are blessed with a daughter and two sons. Stacy works as a freelance writer and while researching and brainstorming for this project, she came across www.paperpotamus.com, and found some inspiration from a number of the anniversary cards featured there.