Do you feel like you got married just yesterday, but have already reached the one-year milestone of your relationship?
Time moves fast, or so it feels in the first year of marriage, which is filled with freshness, along with several twists and turns suggesting what lies ahead in the coming years. But today is not about the future. It is the day to say cheers and appreciate each other for sticking together through the tough times of the past year. Make your anniversary memorable by commemorating it in a unique way.
We have some inspirational first wedding anniversary ideas you can consider to make your day exceptional. Read on.
25 First Anniversary Ideas
1. Revisit your wedding day
Take your beloved to the church or restaurant or the venue where you said your vows or exchanged rings. Hold each other’s hands again, express your love for each other, and rewind those happy moments of your wedding day. Spend some quality time together with nobody disturbing your conversation or stopping you from the first wedding anniversary kiss.
2. Enjoy a mini staycation
The first wedding anniversary is an excellent time to stay away from the routine hassles of life, to relax, and have fun with your partner. Book a fancy room in a hotel for a couple of days amidst a beautiful scenic view, relish your favorite foods, stay away from social media, and enjoy the sweet time in each other’s company. It could be an exciting idea to take a break from your mundane life, too.
3. Have a romantic movie night
If you and your better half are crazy movie buffs, then you can spend your evening watching a new movie or any classic movie with a big bowl of popcorn. It is an effortless yet cozy way to celebrate the anniversary in each other’s arms, munching on snacks, and popping up a bottle of your favorite champagne.
4. Book a photo shoot session
In case you missed a professional photo shoot during your wedding, then the first anniversary is the right time to do it. Mark your favorite places in the town – a museum, park, or monument. Take your camera or arrange a professional to take some best snaps of you together. Get those worthy photos framed and put them in your bedroom.
5. Head to a wine tasting event
Find a vineyard near you and take your significant other for wine tasting. Explore the countryside sights, take a stroll through the greenery, and enjoy a typical session of tasting different types of wines and knowing more about them. It can be a unique way to celebrate your first wedding anniversary.
6. Pen down your thoughts
Paper is the traditional symbol of the first wedding anniversary. You can write anything that comes to your mind about your spouse and how special they are in your life. It could be a poem, love story, song, or just some expressive thoughts coming directly from your heart about the first marriage milestone. You can write those precious words on a greeting card or a fancy paper and give it to them.
7. Get tattoos
What could be a better time than now to get inked? Choose a design, phrase, or symbol that signifies your unique bond. It could be each other’s initials or something that means a lot to both of you. It could be a quirky way to celebrate your year of togetherness.
8. Plan a picnic or outing
Spend a day or night amidst the natural surroundings, in a park or the woods. Take a carpet, pack tasty snacks, food, and drinks, some board games, and take a long drive. Have a romantic day talking to each other, relishing the food, and spending a beautiful night gazing at the stars and snuggling in each other’s warmth of love. It makes for an unforgettable experience and a cute idea to celebrate the first wedding anniversary.
9. Go to a comedy club
It’s time to laugh out loud with your spouse and bring in some humor in your marital life. Book tickets, buy a couple of beers, and enjoy a comedy event by any of the famous comedians coming to your town. It could be a playful and relaxing experience for a busy couple that does not often have the time to visit a club or bar.
10. Cook dinner together
If you are a food-happy couple who enjoys eating and loves cooking, then how about preparing a lavish dinner? You and your partner can plan out a menu and start the preparation. It would be a fun experience to cook your favorite recipes together for each other while sipping on some wine and listening to your favorite music. Then, enjoy your dinner and raise a toast to your first anniversary celebration.
11. Take a road trip
Sometimes, you need no planning. Go on a spontaneous road trip to anywhere near or a little further for a unique adventure ride. Spend quality time with your beloved in the car, stop by a small restaurant for quick bites, and enjoy the journey. You can even spend a night at a hotel and come back home with a pocketful of lovely memories.
12. Throw a party
In case your family or friends played a role in uniting you with your spouse, then throw a party to celebrate and thank them. It can be a low-key party with only loved ones, a cake plus a feast. Everyone can rewind their memories of your wedding day and share their thoughts with you. It could be a simple yet fantastic way to celebrate your first wedding anniversary.
13. Go for a spa treatment
When was the last time you had relaxing spa therapy? Not in memory? Then book a couple spa retreat in a well-known club or hotel in town and rejuvenate yourselves. You and your spouse deserve some pampering hot massages, followed by a romantic jacuzzi time together. Isn’t it a fabulous and romantic way to make some lovely memories?
14. Sail on a boat or cruise
If you are looking for fancy ideas, then consider spending time with your love on a cruise. You can book a private boat or book a cruise and enjoy a romantic evening above the waters and under the beautiful sky, watching the sun setting. Enjoy a glass of wine, share your first year’s experiences, and create momentous memories for life.
15. Go camping
For a couple who thinks dinners and movies are a passé, camping and spending a day and night amidst the wilderness can be a great idea. You can unplug from the world and detox from social media to enjoy each other’s company in the natural surroundings. Set up your camp, arrange a bonfire, and raise a toast to your first anniversary. That makes for a special date!
16. Get thoughtful gifts
Anniversary gifts don’t have to be modern or expensive. They should be something that directly touches your spouse’s heart. You can make a collage of your special moments throughout the year, create a beautiful handmade gift, or get something for your partner that nobody could have imagined. Sometimes, inexpensive and tiny gifts could melt your partner’s heart. All you have to do is strike the right chord.
17. Arrange a night out
Remember those courtship days when you and your partner spent nights on the phone or through video calls? You can mark those sweet moments of your love life by arranging a cozy night in your bedrooms with LED lights or scented candles, soft music, and flowers. The only difference will be that you and your beloved would be together holding hands and kissing each other.
18. Plan a second honeymoon
You can either go to the same special place where you had your first honeymoon or plan a second honeymoon to a destination where you have never been. It could be a beach or hill station where you can spend time relaxing with your dear spouse and create the best memories for the future. Celebrate any way you want and give a good start to the second year of your marital life.
19. Renew your wedding vows
Renewing your vows can be a vintage idea to commemorate your first wedding anniversary. You can either go to a church or plan a small event at home by inviting your loved ones. Recite those promises again or add a few more and replay those delightful moments of your wedding.
20. Enjoy the slice of your wedding cake
It is a tradition to preserve the top layer or slice of the wedding cake to have it on the first wedding anniversary. Now is the perfect time to relish it. However, if you did not save it, then you can get a cake with the same design or flavors and enjoy it all over again on your special occasion.
21. Make a video
You can create a simple and sweet video in which you and your spouse share your first year’s experience and your expectations from the second year. It can become a tradition for every anniversary celebration to make such lovable tapes for each other. Later on, you can watch them with your children and grandchildren and share your romantic stories.
22. Do an adventure activity together
Add some thrill to your love life by doing an adventurous activity together. It could be skydiving, parachute jumping, paragliding, and scuba diving. Let the rush of adrenaline make your heart beat faster and ignite your love life. It could be an unforgettable experience on the first marriage anniversary.
23. Have a lazy day
If you are busy bees in your routine life, then you can take a day off on your first anniversary and just chill with your spouse. You can start your day with breakfast on bed, take a nap, watch Netflix, order or cook food, and later enjoy a dessert or champagne.
24. Make personalized beer or wine
Are you two connoisseurs of fine wine or beer? Then, get a beer or wine-making kit in advance and get together to make your bottle. Try out your favorite ingredients and experiment as per your style and see what comes out after all the effort. It is a simple way to celebrate your first year of marriage.
25. Go to a food festival
Spending a day at a fair or a food festival can be one of the best things you can do on your first anniversary. Check out what kind of fun food festival or event is happening at your local spot in the city and get two passes for it. Relish the delicacies being served, and have an exciting day with your partner.
You can plan a simple or extravagant day, it’s your call. The motto is to celebrate and do what you and your spouse like the most. We hope our meaningful, memorable ideas will make your first wedding anniversary a delight.