By Andrea Boley
A wedding anniversary should not be taken lightly, especially these days when divorce is so common. Each year that comes is another milestone that should be celebrated whole-heartedly. Couples should take the time to truly remember the reasons they love one another and why they got married in the first place. Many couples like to share simple traditions together each year. Some choose to spend large sums of money for an elaborate affair, while others prefer a more intimate get-together. From a weekend cruise to a backyard barbeque, there’s a way for most everyone to commemorate each anniversary and share their joys and triumphs with those closest to the heart.
Make each year a special and memorable occasion between you and your spouse by remembering specifics from when you dated or the early years of marriage. You could visit a park, restaurant, or other spot you had your first date, first kiss, or got engaged. If you gave a specific, inexpensive gift (such as a certain type of flowers or chocolate), give the same thing each year on your anniversary (with or without additional gifts). Take a trip to the same place each year. Really make each year a fun and memorable occasion.
For those large milestone anniversaries (10, 25, 50, etc), consider having a big party with those you care about. Decide on a theme and let your imagination run wild. Some fun ideas include a black and white party, a large backyard barbeque, or a masquerade ball. Hotels, restaurants, country clubs, or large houses all make good venues for anniversary parties. Consider the original wedding or reception venue for the party. Celebrating there will open the flood gates of emotion and bring back tons of fond memories. Be sure to find a menu that fits with the theme of your party. Some venues will provide catering and/or entertainment services, which can make things easier.
Just because you do not have money to spend on a large celebration doesn’t mean you cannot do anything; you must remember that the best things in life are free. Never let money hinder plans to create a memorable anniversary. Share a favorite dinner at home together by candlelight, dance with one another in the living room, or take a bubble bath together. You can also plan a practical get-together for your closest friends and family if you’d like to celebrate with others. If you have the room to host, have it at your house. If not, ask someone if they will be willing to let you use their space. Make the meal potluck style, asking each guest to provide their favorite dish that way you won’t feel financially burdened by the party. If you have some money to spare, invest in a few disposable cameras and ask party guests to take candid pictures throughout. There are plenty of frugal and practical ways to create an unforgettable celebration.
Whatever you decide to do, be sure to remember why you’re celebrating. Show your love and appreciation for one another by giving your time, creativity, imagination, and sincerity. Reconnect with each other and reminisce the years you’ve shared together. It doesn’t matter how grand or simple the celebration may be, so long as it is one that is memorable.
Andrea Boley is a writer and blogger with http://storkie.com. She has been writing articles and blogging for over 10 years and is always happy to share her passion for life and experiences through her work. Her educational backgrounds in psychology and journalism have given her a solid foundation from which to draw experience and expertise in an array of topics.