Wahoo!!! A couple weeks ago Jeremy and I celebrated two years of marriage!!! We have a few traditions we kept to on our anniversaries that you can read about >>HERE<< One of our traditions is to go some place new every year on our anniversary! Even if it’s just a new Airbnb out at the coast! Last year we stayed in a tiny bungalow on the water in the sleepy town of Quilcene, Washington! We loved exploring the Olympic Penisula and NW Washington so much that we decided to stay on one of the Islands in the Puget Sound this time! I’m going to post photos/about our epic Airbnb and all the places we went to and things we did, over on my blog – aujpoj.com – later this week!!!
11 Ways To Celebrate Your Anniversary
- Get away for the weekend or overnight – Even if that means staying at your friends beach house, going camping for the weekend, or finding a cozy Airbnb (get $35 off your Airbnb by signing up >>HERE<<) in a new town, get out of your normal routine and environment to celebrate. We believe that anniversaries are worth committing to celebrating! God delights in your marriage just as much today as he did on the day you said, “I do!” Your marriage is worth celebrating beyond your wedding day! Sure, life circumstances, lack of finances, and kids, may inhibit you from a week long vacay in Hawaii, but even if it’s camping in your backyard for a night with no distractions, commit to setting aside unhindered time each year to celebrate your marriage.
- Reread your wedding vows – Relieve your wedding day by recommitting to the promises you made. Take a moment to reread your wedding vows to each other. If you want to spice things up a bit, try this non-conventional idea on your anniversary night;) >> HERE<<.
- Write each other letters to be read on your next anniversary – On our honeymoon, Jer and I decided to write letters to each other to be read on our one-year anniversary. We wanted to remind ourselves of the emotions, thoughts, and stories that filled out lives at the time. On the last day of our honeymoon we sat on the beach and wrote/wax sealed letters to each other. Reading those letters on our first anniversary was a beautifully unforgettable experience. We were so in awe of our words and thankful that we had taken the time to write them one year ago. It was such a fun, romantic, intimate, and exciting exchange that we decided to continue the tradition of writing letters each year to be read the following year.
- Make love – To the ladies, buy him some new lingerie, or wear the undies you wore on your wedding night! To the men, remember: girls are crockpots, guys are microwaves. Take it slow;)
- Compile photos and artifacts from the year – After our first year of marriage, I wanted to somehow compile all the photos of Jer and I together. So I printed all of our Instagram photos from our first year of marriage using Artifact Uprising – they make this SO easy! Then I found a giant frame and put together a collage of all the photos. Before gifting it to Jer, I spray painted a giant “1” on top of the collage – signifying our first year of marriage. When I surprised Jer with the frame, I told him that I planned to continue doing this every year. Hopefully, we will have a whole hallway or garage or barn full of them someday… 1-70;)
- Watch your wedding video – For those of you not married yet, I HIGHLY recommend this. Even if you have Aunt Sally record the wedding on her iPhone, it’s worth having the day captured through video. I know wedding budgets can get crazy and I have a lot of friends that scratched “videographer” from the budget, but then they end up kicking themselves later… There is something so special about reliving that day, hearing your voices, watching your and your spouse interact, and seeing all people you love dancing their hearts out;) As I child, my siblings and I used to always beg my mom, “Mom can we watch the wedding movie?!” I’ve probably watched my parents’ old school wedding video at least 100 times. If you don’t have a wedding video, go through your wedding photos and play some of the songs that were played on your wedding day!
- Give praise for the year behind and pray for the year ahead – Take a moment to thank God for all that He has graced you with this year – both individually and as a couple. Then spend some time dreaming together and pray for the year ahead! Maybe you even write down some praises and prayers.
- Make a playlist – Create a playlist made up of songs that have had significance or meaning from the retrospective year. Listen to it while you travel to your weekend getaway or overnight spot and throughout your time celebrating. If you can’t getaway, just listen to it while you stay home for the night!
- Wear the perfume or cologne you wore on your wedding day – This is one of my favorite things to do because it triggers all the good feels. I can’t help but wear my wedding perfume more often than just on our anniversary though;)
- Take a selfie – Take a photo or selfie that represents where you were and what you did on that anniversary that year. Jer and I tape that photo to the back of that year’s photo collage frame!
- Exchange gifts – Whether you do this the traditional way (i.e. paper, cotton, wood, etc.) or not, surprise them with a gift! It can be something you made, (photo collage, journal,) a service (massage, deep cleaning their car), or something you saved up to buy! Check out our anniversary gift ideas >>HERE<<
Jer and I wrote a blog about some traditions we have for commemorating our anniversary >>HERE<<