Whether it’s your 1st or 76th, an anniversary is always an important and fun day. It marks the day that you and your partner decided to fully commit to one another. This is a milestone that surely should be celebrated when it rolls around annually. But… What should you do to celebrate it?
Many couples will admit that they find it difficult to come up with fun and refreshing ways to celebrate their anniversary. This is especially true for those who have been together for quite a long time. The old ‘fancy dinner at a fancy restaurant’ can be nice, but it might get a bit stale.
So, If it’s almost time to celebrate a new year with your partner, you might want to find some romantic anniversary ideas to celebrate it. Let’s go over just a few!
Plan a ‘StayCation’
You don’t need to drop thousands on a romantic getaway to Fiji if you are looking for a relaxing break from normal life. Chances are you can have a romantic time away from home without even leaving your own city! This may seem a bit odd, but simply booking a weekend at a hotel or B&B in your area can be the perfect recipe for a romantic getaway.
Hotels are almost always relaxing. There’s something comforting about knowing that you are out of your normal routine, and sleeping in a bed that someone else will make for you! But travel can be exhausting, and pricey--as we mentioned. So, simply booking a getaway at a nice place locally is always a fun way to get that hotel getaway experience without going too far out of your way or budget.
Revisit Your Wedding Venue
You have likely heard of the ‘recreating your first date experience. This is a really fun way to spark those old feelings you had when you first met your partner! But, what about taking that experience to the next level?
Revisiting your wedding venue is a pretty surreal experience for those who have been married for a while. It can instantly transport you back to that wonderful day, and all the feelings that came with it. You can explore the venue and recall the memories of the event with your partner as a cute little day trip.
Revisiting your wedding venue is one romantic idea for igniting a spark based on the memories of how you felt the day you spoke your vows. What could be better than that?
See a Comedy Show
Laughter is the best medicine--at least according to world-renown expert Hunter Doherty ‘Patch’ Adams. Whether you are feeling a bit down about life, or simply need a fun evening, getting a good belly laugh going is sure to be a great evening with you and your partner.
Even when it comes to seeing professional shows, comedy events are generally cheaper than concerts or sporting events. But they can be just as fun! Take the time to research what local comedy events are happening near you on your anniversary. You can go see an open mic event or buy tickets to an actual professional show. Either way, you are guaranteed to have a memorable night filled with laughs--or groans!
Visit a Street Festival
Most major metropolitan areas--and even some smaller rural communities--host regular street fairs and festivals. These can be international food festivals, arts & crafts festivals, traveling flea markets, music festivals, you name it. The experience of going to one of these street festivals can be incredibly satisfying!
Getting out and experiencing something a bit more exotic or from a different culture is always a fun date idea. You and your partner can taste new flavors, hear new music styles, or buy some fun homemade items that you can cherish and remember for a lifetime! So, take the chance to spend your anniversary exploring something new with a street festival/fair.
You don’t have to be a survivalist to enjoy the great outdoors. There is a lot to love and experience when you step outside your home and into the wilderness beyond. Whether you are an expert outdoors person, or a newbie to the concept, you can go as ‘crazy’ or as ‘tame’ as you and your partner wish.
Simple outdoor activities can be the perfect break from the hustle and bustle of regular life. It can get you away from cell phones, work emails, and Netflix for a little while. Whether you are going hiking, camping, fishing, or all of the above; you are guaranteed to enjoy the fresh air and the personal time with your partner away from the business of life.
A Coffee/Lunch Date
This may seem overly simple, and even a bit bland, but sometimes that is just what the doctor ordered. For many of us, planning something elaborate or extravagant isn’t in the cards. Whether it be work, time, or financial limitations; not everyone can get away and go ‘big’ on their anniversary.
The most important part of celebrating an anniversary is spending quality time with your partner. That can be done anywhere. For those who are limited on time or funds, simply going out for a nice coffee date or lunch date can be an amazingly charming experience for both of you. Never underestimate the power of simply finding time to talk and enjoy your partner’s company for a while!
Anniversaries are special and should be treated as such. But being special doesn’t mean you have to go crazy with the celebration plans. Oftentimes the most memorable moments with our partners are the simplest ones. Take the time to enjoy your partner’s company this year for your anniversary, no matter which ‘milestone’ you are at in your relationship.