You’ve seen it circled on your kitchen calendar for weeks now. Your significant other has dropped little hints about it for some time now as well. Your anniversary is fast approaching, and you just don’t know if it’s worth doing something fancy again this year. Here are some reasons to go all out for your wedding anniversary—whether you’ve been married for five or 50 years.
You’ve Shared Your Lives Together
I don’t mean to sound like a nag, but you have shared at least an entire year of your lives together. You should do something big just being they’ve tolerated you for that long and likely longer. You’ve witnessed each other change over time, go through difficulties and successes, and you’ve shared their burdens and blessings with them. Celebrate that and the fact that two people who have spent so much time together want to keep it up into the future.
You’re Probably Itching for Some Time Together
Assuming your parents didn’t pressure you to marry the wealthy neighbor’s son whom you despise, it’s possible you’re in love with your spouse and want more time together. Making a big deal out of your wedding anniversary gives you license to have one-on-one time. You may as well put effort into it, too. Snag a new outfit, go to that restaurant you both love, and make a special effort to remember your past year together.
A Gesture Can Help Build Bridges
If you and your spouse aren’t on the best terms when your anniversary comes around, this reminder of a heartwarming day can help heal some wounds between the two of you. Make sure to show them that your love and intentionality doesn’t stop when you don’t feel as warm toward them. Surprise them with a meaningful day to illustrate that your love is a commitment and not just feelings based.
It’s a Chance to Make More Memories
Your anniversary doesn’t need to rehash the past year. The chance to make new memories is another reason to go all out for your wedding anniversary. Rather than making one of several possible gift mistakes, give them the gift of an adventurous new experience you have been talking about for a while. Getting out and breaking the mold of a typical night out distinguishes this occasion and makes it more likely you’ll remember it for more years to come.