A day that is almost as exciting as someone’s wedding day is their wedding anniversary.
Celebrating a wedding anniversary is a tradition that dates back to medieval times.
There are certain gifts given on specific anniversaries. For example, on a fourth anniversary it is customary to give fruit or flowers, an eighth is linens and lace, a 10th is tin or aluminum, 25th is silver and 50th is gold. Although these gifts have adapted to modern times, the tradition still exists to celebrate the symbol behind marriage and the years spent together with your spouse.
Your wedding anniversary is a day for you and your spouse, so plan a special way to enjoy the celebration.
Remember to take some time for each other. Take time to think about your marriage and reflect on the good memories, share how the hard times made you stronger, play music that reminds you of your wedding and look through pictures from your wedding day.
If you are looking to spend more intimate time with your spouse, plan a trip to one of your favorite destinations, plan a special night doing your favorite things (favorite movie, favorite restaurant, favorite ice cream shop), or go on a day trip to your favorite hiking spot. If as a couple you like to give back to others, plan a day to volunteer at your favorite charity and then enjoy a nice dinner for yourselves.
Another way to celebrate a wedding anniversary is by renewing your vows. A renewal ceremony, also called a reaffirmation ceremony, can be celebrated by anyone. If you weren’t able to afford your dream wedding, if you and your spouse have gone through some hard times, or if you just want to celebrate a big anniversary, you could consider renewing your vows.
A reaffirmation ceremony is your own; there are no rules. Plan the ceremony as a replica of your first wedding or start from scratch and create a new ceremony. Hold the service at a venue that has meaning to you, such as a church, a beach, a park or your backyard — the possibilities are endless.
If you and your spouse have children, consider involving them in the service. There are many ways for them to assist in the ceremony: They can be the hosts, read lessons or even officiate at the service. Since a reaffirmation ceremony is not a legally binding ceremony, anyone can officiate.
You and your spouse can use your own original vows at the service. Once your vows are renewed, feel free to celebrate with family and friends! Parties can be planned with cakes and dancing. Small family dinners can also be used to celebrate. The goal of a reaffirmation ceremony is to make sure that you are celebrating your spouse and the marriage you both have together.
However you decide to celebrate your wedding anniversary, make sure to celebrate with your family in a way that is meaningful to them.