Your one-year anniversary is the first opportunity you have to celebrate your marriage, post wedding. As such, it is a magical time for you as a couple, especially if your marriage is strong. Everyone agrees a marriage is well worth celebrating, which is why you had a wedding extravaganza in the first place. Therefore, just as your original wedding day was worthy of attention and admiration, your anniversaries in the subsequent years should be celebrated that much more. Therefore, the following 15 1 year anniversary ideas should be of interest.
1. REVISIT WHERE IT ALL STARTED
A great 1 year anniversary idea is to revisit the place where your love was awakened. If the place where you met was a workplace or school, which is not a place you want to necessarily go to celebrate, then choose the location of your first date or the place where your man proposed. If you have moved away from those locations or they are out of business, at least eat the same type of food you ordered on the special night you are attempting to recreate.
The idea is to reconstruct the magical moment when your love was birthed. Where and how you choose to do that exactly is inconsequential, but you just might get to have sex on the first date — again!
2. TAKE A HOT AIR BALLOON RIDE
Another great first anniversary idea is a hot-air balloon ride. This is super romantic. The setting allows you and your honey to float through the skies while enjoying the view and each other’s company. You can make it even more special by taking along some wine and cheese. If being up in the air is not your idea of a good time, consider hiring a limo driver or horse drawn carriage to tour a picturesque area instead.
3. GO ON A SHORT VACATION — ROMANTIC B&B
Going on a weekend excursion to a romantic local, such as a Bed & Breakfast, is another great way to celebrate your one year anniversary. Enjoy breakfast in bed before taking in a few fun local attractions and then heading home by Monday. This is the ideal way to celebrate if you don’t have an entire week or two off work. If you can revisit your honeymoon destination, even if it’s only for the weekend, this can make the short trip that much more special.
4. TAKE A DINNER CRUISE
Oftentimes, dinner cruises feature entertainment, such as singing groups. However, during certain times of the year, the dinner cruises are designed for simply enjoying the beautiful scenery. For example, during the fall when the leaves are turning or in the spring when everything is in bloom a scenic boat tour is most applicable. Of course, to enjoy said scenery, you might have to forgo dinner in favor of a lunch cruise in order to have enough daylight to enjoy the view.
5. GO ON A ONCE IN A LIFETIME VACATION
This first anniversary idea is similar to the weekend getaway, but it goes a step further. Instead of simply going away for the weekend, go on a once in a lifetime vacation. After all, your first year of marriage is a wonderful excuse to go on that vacation you have always dreamt about. Consider destinations and adventures, such as a visit to Hawaii or Jamaica or a tour of England or Asia, a cruise to Alaska, a visit to the ancient Egyptian Pyramids or an African Safari, just to name a few.
The idea is to call to mind that place you have always wanted to visit and make it happen. You can bet you’ll have amazing vacation sex, too!
6. DO SOMETHING ADVENTUROUS TOGETHER
Another 1 year anniversary idea is to try something new and adventurous together. For example, go on a white-water rafting trip, a horse-back tour of the Grand Canyon, go sky-diving, deep sea diving, swimming with sharks or sting rays or bungee jumping. If you like caves, you could also try spelunking. Even heading to a strip club can be an adventure!
The important aspect is not what you choose to do but that you choose to do something that challenges your own personal comfort levels, together. This is a great way to reconnect and bond as you will be holding tight to each other as you face a new and somewhat scary adventure. The end result will be a sense of accomplishment that you both with carry with you for years to come.
7. HAVE A ROMANTIC VACATION AT HOME (STAYCATION)
If you and your spouse are homebodies at heart, perhaps the best 1 year anniversary idea for you is a romantic vacation in your own home. After all, it’s nice to sleep in your own bed and enjoy your own personal space. However, if you do go this route, make sure you actually take time off. No taking work phone calls or answering a quick email. Instead, focus completely on each other. Rent some movies, eat popcorn, grill out, or make him his favorite homemade meal, go get ice cream at a local creamery and sleep late. Just enjoy being home and with each other. To make it even more special, surprise your man with some sexy new lingerie during your time off.
8. GO TO A CONCERT
If you and your spouse both like the same music groups, going to a concert is a great first anniversary idea and he’s sure to remember it for a long time. To make the event even more special, consider staying overnight in a hotel near where the concert will be held. You could also have a nice dinner beforehand as an additional way to enjoy the fun activity.
9. GO BOWLING
Bowling is a fun way to spend an evening. As a result, it makes a great activity for an anniversary celebration. It’s relatively low-key, so it’s okay if you’re not amazing at it. In fact, your man might even tease you lovingly for your lack of skill. Men love when women try at sports.
Combine it with a nice dinner or add it as an activity to one of the vacation options listed above to make it even better.
10. TAKE A COOKING CLASS TOGETHER
Everyone likes to eat. Therefore, learning how to cook could only be seen as a positive use of time. Taking a cooking class together; however, makes it even better. Who knows but that one of you might end up being a wonderful chef who has not yet realized their potential.
11. VISIT A LOCAL CARNIVAL OR AMUSEMENT PARK
Another entry in the 1 year anniversary idea column is a visit to your local carnival or amusement park. Give in to your inner child as you enjoy yourself while riding roller coasters and eating cotton candy. If flying through the air and stuffing yourself with sugar is not your forte, you could instead go see a circus or a rodeo.
12. TAKE AN ART CLASS TOGETHER
Another interesting activity to try in honor of your anniversary is taking an art class. Even if you don’t have an ounce of artistic talent in your body, you can still enjoy the experience with the one you love. The best part is most art classes allow you to create a piece of art that you can then keep forever as a memento. Even if you can’t go together, creating artwork makes a great anniversary gift.
13. GO DANCING AND TAKE A CLASS TO LEARN HOW
This is a fun date idea even if it’s not a special occasion. Find a local place to dance, and if you are not sure how, begin taking lessons a few weeks before your anniversary. Taking a dance class is a great investment, because you can use your newly acquired skill again and again at weddings and other similar events.
14. WRITE HIM A LOVE LETTER
Composing a love letter can be a great way to show your guy how much you love him. A great topic choice is reminiscing about your first year of marriage. Talk about how you have grown to love him more and more and at the moment love him more than you ever imagined you could love anyone.
15. RENEW YOUR VOWS/ WATCH YOUR WEDDING VIDEO
The final item on the 1 year anniversary ideas list is renewing your vows. This could be a small ceremony with just a few close friends or it could be a large celebration befitting the occasion. If you aren’t up for a big renewal ceremony, you can simply watch your wedding video once again and enjoy walking down memory lane together.
Your one year anniversary is a special, magical time, to say the least. It’s the culmination of your first year as man and wife. As such, the time should be celebrated and enjoyed by both you and your guy. Therefore, when it comes first anniversary ideas, you shouldn’t hold back. Go on a date, exchange gifts then make love for an unforgettable day! After all, you will never again celebrate being married one year.