Your wedding anniversary is a time to celebrate, to show your beloved how much you appreciate her being in your life and how the love, trust, tenacity, and intimacy that you share has made for a year to look back on with gratitude and look forward in hope and joy. Wedding anniversaries are also a time to thank the many people who have supported you along the way.
There is a list of anniversary themes that have been created for couples who have been together from one year all the way through to 70 years which also covers the less well-known gemstone and flower themes for anniversaries. When you are looking for anniversary presents these are a good reference point if you remain unsure what gift you want to give.
How you celebrate your wedding anniversary really depends on your personalities. For many of your wedding anniversaries, it is likely just to be the two of you celebrating, unless it is one of the milestone anniversaries. Look back at your time together by playing your favorite songs, one of the most powerful stimuli of memories and emotions. Smells also have a potent way of reminding you of places and people; this could be the scent of a particular flower, the spices in your favorite meal or a perfume. You could recreate your first date or watch your wedding video. A trip to a much-loved beach can provide all that you need to create the happiest of anniversaries.
You want your gift to show your lady just how much you love her, but you may not share the same “love language” when it comes to the giving and receiving of love, which affects what presents she appreciates the most. Find out her love language. It could simply be that words of affirmation like “I love you” and other compliments are what she values most. She may be most affected by you making an effort to spend quality time with her, giving her your undivided attention. For others, what makes them feel most loved is to receive a tangible gift, not because they are materialistic, but because a meaningful or thoughtful present makes them feel appreciated. Recognizing when to help, showing your appreciation by doing them a favor is another of the love languages that show how much you value her being in your life. Maybe she’s a lady who feels loved through daily physical connections, not only in the bedroom but with handholding and kissing, without necessarily being someone who enjoys excessive public displays of affection. While she may favor a particular love language, you should not stop using any of the others since we all enjoy traits of the others as well.
Celebrate in Style
Make your wedding anniversary a memorable one by celebrating with an experience. The list of traditional and modern suggestions for anniversary gifts by year is a great place to start when looking for ideas. On your first anniversary, paper can be a ticket to see your favorite show and tenth anniversary, tin or aluminum, may see you on a plane to a cherished destination. If money is tight, you can still make an anniversary special. For example, the paper anniversary can be a love letter that can be treasured forever.
If you are celebrating an anniversary that spans several years, you may want to have a family party either at home or in a hired venue. Whatever happens, always be sure to make time to celebrate your anniversary and exchange a gift with each other.