5 Ways to Celebrate Your Wedding Anniversary

Happy Friday! Today is a special day because John and I are celebrating our 5th wedding anniversary! Time sure does fly when you’re having fun. To commemorate 5 years of wedded bliss, I’m sharing 5 ways to celebrate your wedding anniversary!

1. Watch your wedding video and look through your wedding album. Each year on our wedding anniversary we watch our wedding video and reminisce about our wedding week in Mexico. Being able to relive those happy memories and feelings together is a simple way to ignite your love for one another and is a tradition you can share with your kids one day. You can read all about our destination wedding here and watch our video below.

2. Spend the day together and seek new experiences and activities. Try a cooking or painting class, go to a wine tasting or host one at your house, go to a baseball game, a concert or see a comedy show. Another alternative is to pick a sport that one of you loves like horseback riding, golf or baseball and spend the day on a golf course or at the batting cages. One year I surprised John with a private helicopter tour over Chicago on NYE which happened to be our dating anniversary and it was a memorable experience for the both of us. For our second wedding anniversary we treated ourselves to a Spa Day followed by dinner afterward. To keep it exciting, you can alternate who picks the activity each year and this is a fun way to cross things off your bucket list.

3. Take an anniversary trip. John and I have taken many trips together over the years and we both agree that sharing experiences and creating new memories outweigh traditional gifts. Instead of spending money on things, we “gift” each other trips whenever we can for our anniversary or birthdays. For our 1st wedding anniversary we spent a long weekend in San Francisco with a day trip to Napa Valley and last year we traveled to Italy for two weeks (read all about it here). This year we are going to Naples, FL over Memorial Day Weekend. Saving for an anniversary trip each year or every few years for those milestone anniversaries is a great way to start incorporating more travel into your life.

4. If a getaway or vacation isn’t in your budget, opt for a “staycation” in your own city. Go sightseeing during the day, visit a museum, do some shopping and then rent a hotel room for the night. You can order room service and binge watch your favorite movies in your hotel room and the hotel staff is always happy and willing to accommodate any special requests. Just inform them upon your arrival that it’s your anniversary and have a bottle of champagne and strawberries sent up to your room for that extra romantic touch.

5. Organize an anniversary photo shoot together. Hire a professional photographer, get your makeup done and get some professional photos taken for the fun of it. John and I didn’t get an engagement session in before our wedding, but we did a winter photo shoot the following year when we traveled to Park City which happened to be the town our wedding photographer is from. It was a unique experience and we were able to use those photos for our holiday cards later that year.

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