The wedding day can be a blur of activity, family, friends, photographs, food and fun. In comparison, the first anniversary is a day all for you and your partner, and it can be as active or as relaxing as you like.
Here are five ideas for celebrating your first wedding anniversary that are as romantic as they are adorable.
1. Go back to where it all began
What did you do on your first date? Was it dinner and a movie? Drinks? A picnic on the beach?
Relive that moment when the sparks first began and you both first felt the inkling that this person might be something quite special. Extra points if either of you can remember what you were first wearing and somehow wear a similar outfit.
It will be a great moment to remind yourselves of how far you’ve come, and how much excitement and happiness you have ahead of you.
2. A honeymoon at home
Take a look at your home city and imagine it from a honeymooner’s eyes – where is a romantic place to stay? What are the most romantic activities you can find?
Treat the anniversary like a second honeymoon and stay in the honeymoon suite at a popular hotel, take walks on the beach, do a wine tasting tour or hot air balloon ride - anything romantic counts! It’s a great way to keep that honeymoon period alive and will let you see another side of your home city.
3. Return to your venue
A meal, a stroll or a picnic at the venue where you got married will instantly bring back all the memories from that special day.
Be sure to double check that there isn’t another wedding party booked for the location before you go!
4. An exchange of gifts
The traditional first anniversary gift is one of paper. This can be anything - tickets to an event, airplane tickets, a favourite book (especially signed or rare copies), a beautiful love letter, printed vows, art prints or even a photo album of the memories from your first year.
That said, an anniversary gift is what you make it. There’s no reason you can’t buy your loved one a new mobile phone, a gorgeous watch or diamond necklace, or a piece of sporting equipment. Alternatively, you can decide together to buy something you can both enjoy, such as a new DVD player or even a puppy!
5. Cook your wedding meal together
Cooking is a gorgeous way to bond and a great activity to work together. It gets you away from the TV and puts you in close quarters, too!
Put on some of your favourite music, plan out your menu and spend the evening cooking it together to enjoy with a glass or two of your wedding champagne as you rewatch your wedding video. Just don’t forget to have a box of tissues on hand as well.