Monday, July 11, 2016

List: Ten ideas to celebrate your first wedding anniversary.

On July 26th, my husband and I will be celebrating one whole year of marriage.
This date not only reflects one year as husband and wife, but four years together in total.
Someone really needs pinch me because things went so fast that they’re a blur!

My poor husband has been trying to plan this celebration for about 6 months now.
I think he secretly believes that it has to perfect it or else we won’t make it to a second one!
Every week our computer tabs are filled with Google inquiries about perfect anniversary date ideas.
Some of the tabs reference vacation spots and other’s reference romantic gift ideas.
Side note:  How obnoxious is it when people don’t clear out the internet tabs?  It slows things down!

As eager as I am to celebrate, I don’t need perfection or anything over the top.
I’d be happy sitting in front of our fake fire place sipping champagne and eating our wedding cake.
I’ve been anxiously waiting until I can use the bottom shelf of our freezer again!!  That cake is huge!

Ten ideas to celebrate your first wedding anniversary.

1.  Spend the day at a local winery.
Visit a local winery to spend the day with romantic views, deep conversation, and good drinks.
Some wineries have days with live music or other special events.  Do your research!

2.  Reenact your first date.
Try and relive your first date from the clothes you wore to the food you ate.
You may even get those first date jitters or laugh at confessions about the original one!

3.  Enjoy a DIY paint night.
Purchase canvases, acrylic paint, and brushes.  Lay a sheet down to protect the floor and open a bottle of wine.
There are instructional videos on Youtube so forget an expensive class and enjoy the privacy of your home!

4.  Take a long walk around a scenic or historic area.
I’ve always meant to walk across the Brooklyn bridge and then reward myself with a yummy meal.
Make sure you bring the camera because these walks make for the best backgrounds!

5.  Indulge in a local chocolate tour.
Pay for a tour guide or create your own itinerary of stops.  Make sure to try a treat at each stop.
It’s your anniversary so forget about the calories for that one night!  You’re already married, right?!  Hah!

6.  Rock a local amusement park.
Amusement parks are not only romantic, but lots of fun and make for lots of laughs.
What’s more romantic than cuddling on the Ferris wheel and winning your sweetheart a stuffed bear?!

7.  Relive the moment you got engaged.
Enjoy a dinner at Little Italy and then take a stroll around Central Park.
This would have been a dinner cruise around NYC, but we missed the boat.  Sigh…

8.  Recreate your favorite movie scene.
Rent a dance studio for an hour and mouth the words to Lover Boy while pretending to be in Dirty Dancing.
The rest of the hour you can try to perfect that impossible lift Baby was trying to nail the entire movie!

9.  Party like you first met.
Rock the club scene by ordering your favorite drinks and dancing until you can’t feel your feet.
End the night with a 2AM trip to the local diner for breakfast and then be prepared to sleep in!

10.  Pretend you’re on your dream vacation.
Visit Parisian inspired local gardens or art exhibits.  End the evening at a French bistro with a delicious meal. 
Spending time in France is my fav dream.  Finances may delay the real thing but I can play pretend for now!

What are your ideas for a first year anniversary celebration?


  1. time really passed quickly, I personally remember when you were still single :)

  2. WOW one year already? Time sure does fly. Congrats! I love all of those ideas, especially the chocolate tour.

  3. Time sure flies indeed. Although I'd avoid the winning of the bear. Those things have more bacteria on them than a toilet seat, just saying lol

  4. Happy early Anniversary!!! All of these ideas are a lot of fun. Too bad you can't do all of them in one day. ;)

  5. I don't want to reenact my first date because I'd ordered so much food thinking Angie was hungry, but then it turned out she ate less than a mouse. Guess how I spent my evening? Clue: it involved a knife, a spoon and a whole lot of plates.


  6. I don't even remember our first anniversary--probably because we had a newborn to keep us busy. A few weeks ago we celebrated our 13th by running a 5K.

  7. I had mine about about two months ago. It was simple


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