I’m not sure how time has passed so quickly, but Travis and I have been married for almost nine months already! It feels like our wedding was just yesterday, but now we’re close to celebrating our one year anniversary.
We all know the classic wedding anniversary tradition: freezing the top tier of your wedding cake and eating it a year after you tie the knot. But if the idea of eating thawed-out cake doesn’t feel like the dreamy celebration you had in mind, there are other fun ways to evoke the romance of your wedding day a year (or five, or ten) after the wedding. Here are a few fun anniversary ideas (including what Trav and I are doing to celebrate):
1. Have wedding guests write a letter. On your wedding day, set a note card and an envelope at each table setting and instruct guests to write you a message— either reminding you about a fun detail of your reception, giving you advice, or simply sending you their love. Number each envelop from 1-50 and have guests seal their letter inside. Each year, on your anniversary, open the corresponding numbered envelope for a sweet reminder of your big day! (I wish we had gotten it together to do this at our wedding— it’s SUCH a neat idea!)
2. Do a photo shoot. You have all those beautiful photos of you and your husband on the day of your wedding, wouldn’t it be fun to take professional photos on your anniversary every year (or every five years)? You could have an anniversary album that grows with your relationship and can be passed down to your kids or grandkids— how romantic!
3. Write each other a letter. It’s super sweet to read a letter from friends or family on your anniversary, but it would be so romantic to write each other letters each year on your anniversary. I’m not talking about signing your name on a Hallmark card. I mean a real, handwritten love letter. Write one to your husband (and have him do the same) each year, and keep them in a special keepsake box. Then, each year, you can read your new letter, but also sift through the old ones. It’s sure to set the tone for a romantic celebration.
4. Take a romantic trip. There’s nothing more dreamy than your wedding day and honeymoon. I often find myself wishing we could transport ourselves back to Maui and re-live the week we spent there post-wedding. So, Travis and I have decided to spend our 1st wedding anniversary in another super-romantic locale: Italy! Escaping the hectic to-do’s of everyday life make it easy to focus on the romance and reminisce on the amazing first year of marriage.
Do you have any other ideas for celebrating an anniversary? Which of these is your favorite? Are you celebrating an anniversary this summer? How will you mark the occasion? Share in the comments!