I can't believe I'm saying this, but my first wedding anniversary is in less than two weeks. April 28th is fast approaching and I've been wracking my brain on the best ways to celebrate. I have a bottle of wine in the fridge my sisters gave me at my bridal shower to save for the anniversary date, so we'll be bringing that with us on our weekend trip to Falmouth, MA. I'm so excited for the getaway and to spoil my husband with what I have planned.
A good friend of mine gave me the idea to write about traditional anniversary traditions and how to mix them up a bit. So, thank you, Danielle, for sharing and I hope this gives you ideas for your anniversary in May! (I still can't believe you eloped but I'm also still excited about it.)
I've done a lot of pinning on Pinterest to find my favorite ideas for our first anniversary and I think I found some really cute ideas to share.
It's traditional on the first wedding anniversary to eat the top of your wedding cake. But after keeping it a year in the freezer, I've heard that it's really dry and doesn't taste very good. That, coupled with the fact that we moved cross-country a month after our wedding, made the decision to not save the top of our cake an easy one.
Luckily, you can still have something sweet without saving your cake. Some couples decide to order a small cake in the same flavor as their wedding cake, so it's still close to the tradition but much more fresh and tasty. Or, if you had a less traditional treat on your wedding day, like a donut or cupcake, indulge in them again.
For us, I want to buy a tiny cake like we had on our wedding day. It was marbled cake with white buttercream frosting. It was so dang good. Unfortunately, it was a Publix cake and they definitely don't have any Publix's in the north. So I'm still looking for a great cake place.
Every year of marriage has a "traditional" and "modern" gift to exchange. For the first year, traditional is paper and modern is clocks. Honestly, I don't know how this even started. We had a beautiful clock signed as our guestbook at our wedding, so I'm not going to use the modern gift this year. But for paper, all of my gift ideas are really cheesy and sentimental.
My husband is not a sentimental guy. He's the most loving and caring guy I know, but I've learned that cutesy scrapbooks, pictures, and other traditional paper gifts are just okay for him. He doesn't have a lot of "things," so I don't want to give him something he'd look at for one day and then just put away.
Some paper ideas I've seen that interest me are tickets to a concert or event, exchanging letters or cards, a book they've been wanting, framed sheet music (of your first dance song or maybe something you can play/sing for your partner on your anniversary!), or a handmade coupon book.
Just in case my husband reads this, I'm not going to spoil what I'm leaning towards. But I promise to update you after I give it to him. You can see all of these ideas and more on my Anniversary Pinterest board.
I may not be getting him a cheesy gift, but I will definitely be doing all of the cheesy things for our anniversary weekend. It's part of MY gift. I love the idea of rewatching our wedding video. We haven't watched it together yet. The last time I watched it was for help writing a secret piece I can't talk about yet. (Shh!)
We also have so many beautiful pictures and a wedding album we can peruse, along with letters from his days on a submarine. A year mark is a great place to look back and see how far you've come. There are so many cute worksheet templates to record your year, too. You can write down all of the places you visited, the movies you watched, your favorite dishes you cooked, things like that.
I really want to take stock of the year and relish in our growth. Marriage is an everyday choice and it's important to me that the both of us recognize and celebrate that we said "yes" for 365 days. It's a huge accomplishment.
Making New Memories
Finally, your anniversary is a time to make a new memory. We're going on a trip, but it doesn't have to be that big. It could be a nice dinner, breakfast in bed, a hike on a nearby trail, anything that the two of you can look back and remember happened on your first anniversary.
My friend, Danielle, said she was interested in she and her husband each writing a letter that they wouldn't open until their second anniversary. I think that's a really cute idea.
I've also seen couples commemorate with photos. Whether professional or with your phone camera, post with your partner on the day, maybe with a sign that says "year 1." After enough time has passed, you could have an entire album of just anniversary pictures.
I hope if you have an anniversary coming up that this inspires you. Have something planned that I didn't touch on? Let me know in the comments! Also, please send pictures if you do any of the above. Either comment or email them to me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I can't wait to hear about your marriage journey.