Celebrating the First Year of Marriage
Celebrating the First Year of Marriage
There are some who say that the first year of marriage is the hardest. Even if you lived together prior to exchanging vows, there is something about that commitment being final that wipes so much of the politeness out of a relationship, leaving you staring down the person you agreed to spend the rest of your life with, wondering if you ever knew them at all.
OK, so it isn’t usually that bad, but there can be some bumps and bruises along the way, and unfortunately… it isn’t all sunshine and roses during that initial honeymoon period. That is why the first wedding anniversary is such an important one. It is a big milestone, proving to yourselves (and the world) that you made it through the tumultuous first year, and there is only smooth sailing ahead.
Fine, I’m lying to you again. Of course there will be more bumps along the way. Marriages take work, after all. But there is a beautiful thing that happens when you put that work in – your relationship thrives and you grow more comfortable in your union year after year. So take a moment to celebrate this first big milestone, because you’ve earned it! Together, you have made it 365 days as a married couple – an event which is worthy of acknowledging and enjoying to the furthest.
Just how do you do that though? What exactly is the best way to celebrate a first wedding anniversary?
Well, a lot of that depends on you and your relationship (what you each enjoy and find romantic), but I’ve got a few generic tips that might just help you on your way:
Some of the best first anniversary stories I have heard involve recreating a romantic moment from your past. That can mean a lot of different things to a lot of different couples. Perhaps it involves going to dinner at the same spot you went for your first date. Maybe it means throwing a Luau for all of your friends and family, because it was at a similar event that you first met. It could even require tossing some clothes into a bag and jetting off for a trip back to your honeymoon location, spending a few days reliving those memories away from home. The goal is to think about a great memory from your relationship, though, and find a way to relive it. Extra points for getting even the smallest of details just right.
You know where I am going with this. Pictures are the best way I know of to document your journey and celebrate your love. So why not sign up for a little first anniversary shoot? Think about it… you wouldn’t hesitate to get first birthday photos for your baby, so why not pay your marriage the same respect? You have been married for a year, you love each other, and having a few new professional photos to commemorate that love might just remind you how lucky you are. Have fun with these shots. Wear clothes that are representative of who you are as a couple, and head to a location that holds meaning to you both. Remember, just because the wedding is over, does not mean the photos have to stop.
Before you start booing, it’s not as bad as it sounds! Really, I swear, I’m on to something here! The traditional first wedding anniversary gift is paper, which sounds really boring at first, but there is a lot of potential in the paper items you already have. Maybe you have been keeping a journal throughout the course of your relationship – think about copying some of the best entries from those journals and gifting them to your spouse as proof of your undying love. Or perhaps you could take some of those old wedding photos and finally have them put into a professional album, just like you always said you would. Think about using that song you once wrote for your love, and having the notes committed to nice stationary and framed. Or find a book that holds special meaning to you both, and write an endearing message inside the cover. You see where I’m going with this? You don’t have to look far for gift ideas that first year. Sticking with the paper theme, there are plenty of romantic ideas already around your house just waiting to be discovered.
No matter what you do, just remember that this is an important celebration which shouldn’t be ignored. Find the time to spend one night together, reflecting on your courtship and falling even more in love. Anniversaries are the perfect excuse to celebrate each other – so enjoy this milestone you have earned as a couple!