Post # 1
Darling Husband & I have both booked our anniversary day off work (a Monday) and we were planning to return to our venue for a meal in the restaurant. Until I remembered it is closed on Mondays 🙁 I still plan to go there on the Sunday but we now have our actual anniversary day free.
I’m hoping to find some ideas or inspiration here – so what did you do or plan to do?
Post # 2
- Wedding: April 2015 - Family Farm
jpbee : Since the 1 wedding anniversary is the paper anniversary Darling Husband and I handmade cards as a gift. They were so sweet! We also took a mini vacation to a nearby music festival. I packed a whole suitcase and cooler with fancy cheese, crackers, jams, cocktail ingredients and all the appropriate hard ware. The marble cheese boards and such. We had a blast.
It was perfect. Just low key and us alone
Whatever you do I suggest going a bit big. Pull out the crystal glasses, table linens and candles. If watching tv, make a psllet on the floor to curl up togerher. Extra touches will make even a day at home special.
Post # 3
jpbee : we were in Italy for 10 nights just prior, and then on the day itself my husband surprised me with a one night stay on the Sunborn Yacht hotel, in London. We had dinner followed by cocktails, and it was lovely.
This year we fly back from Portugal on the day itself, so will likely go for lunch or dinner the following day and exchange cards and gifts then.
Post # 4
We still have seven months until our first anniversary but we have an idea of what we’re doing and I’ve started his gift. He suggested we take the Monday off (our actual anniversary) and we go away for the weekend to where we went when we got engaged. We might take the Tuesday too because then we can celebrate on the Monday night (if not we’ll have a glass of champagne on the Sunday night).
Gifts wise – I’m doing him a little book filled with one thing he’s done every day that made me love him. He knows about it because I’m rubbish at secret keeping but he doesn’t peek (but does remind me sometimes because I shouldn’t have picked something that I had to remember to do every day). I bought this tiny notepad, it’s probably not even three inches tall and on the front it has some wording, something about small things leading to big things. He was hoping to get me a story board of how we met and fell in love but he can’t draw and wants to make his present like I’m making his. Evidently, he’s also rubbish at secret keeping. Etsy has loads of ideas for paper anniversary gifts.
We sound really pathetic that we have this much planned out and still have seven months to go…
Post # 5
Aw I am sorry to hear they are closed Monday nights! That was such a great idea. You’ll have to do that for your 2nd anniversary.
Since it is Monday, maybe you could make it a mini vacation with your 3 day weekend. Go stay in a hotel in a nearby city and order room service, or stay in a little cabin by a lake. Then come home and have a nice dinner at your favorite restaurant?
Darling Husband is a teacher so our intention was to get married in the summer so that we can always celebrate our anniversary with a cool vacation. We are thinking we will keep it as cheap as possible and plan a week long roadtrip.
Post # 6
Our 1st anniversary was on a Sunday. Saturday we went to the same hotel where we got married, we had a lovely meal, a few drinks, and we spent the nigth there. On Sunday we went to my parents – Darling Husband parents live abroad – and we treated them to a meal in a restaurant near their house.
He got me a half anniversary band (white sapphire). I got him a card and scratch cards and he got lucky and won 1000 € !!! 🙂
Post # 7
Our first anniversary is on a Sunday (in about 2 months) so we are going away for the weekend to Niagara Falls. I booked a really nice hotel room, with a whirlpool tub and we’ll do some sightseeing, go to the casino and have a nice dinner. We have a 6 month old daughter so our anniversary was a great excuse to have my mom babysit for a night and Darling Husband and I to have some quality alone time 🙂 in really looking forward to it!
Post # 8
Olgarie : Your gift idea was lovely and what you did for your anniversary sounds perfect! Thanks for sharing : )
barbie86 : That sounds awesome! If only we lived nearer London – we are in the North. We will be going to Italy 5 days after our anniversary so in theory will have plenty of opportunity to celebrate then, but still need to think of something for the day itself.
loz24 : Wow thats super organised! Ah so I’m not the only one with a Monday first wedding anniversary…its annoying as I’d assumed it would fall on a Sunday but had forgotten to consider the leap year! That’s a lovely idea to return to where you got engaged! We got engaged in Algarve so can’t return there as easilly – I do hope to go back to the same place one day though. Oh wow that is such a beautiful idea for the gift! I don’t think it is sad at all that you are planning already. I am (usually) a very organised person and plan things as early as possible!
lovelyruby : I am quite tempted to go away somewhere. We actually have a 5 day weekend as we’ve booked the Thursday & Friday off too as we have a wedding to attend on the Thursday. It will be nice being at the wedding knowing we we were getting married ourselves (approximately) a year ago. That’s a good point about timing your wedding so you can both have time off to celebrate your anniversary each year!
saioasan : I really wish ours had fallen on a Sunday. It would have done if it wasn’t for this year being a leap year! That’s awsome that your Darling Husband won on the scratch card!!
FutureMrs.Cammack : Oh how wonderful! We both really hope to go to Niagara one day, but it would need to be a 3 week break for us rather than a weekend! I hope you have an amazing time!
Post # 9
Congratulations on your first year! Our anniversary is also on a Monday. We are going to a B&B out in New Husband. I’m also scrap booking our first year together (as it is paper) and getting him a new cologne. Let us know what you come up with!
Post # 10
I’m pretty sure we just went to dinner at our favorite restaurant.
Post # 11
We had a low key first anniversary as we’d just bought and moved into our new house and olive grove the month before. I bought Darling Husband a gift voucher for a native plant nursery close to our home. He bought me flowers. We had lunch at a local winery (so close we think we share a property boundary!), had a drink with my parents who had made us an album of our wedding photos with scraps of lace from my dress etc and a gorgeous wooden memory chest my dad built.
Back home, i cooked us a nice meal and we shared a bottle of wine.
It was perfect.
Post # 12
Our 1st Anniversary fell on the same day as a college alum football home game, which my parents have season tickets to, and we go with them (DH and I both went there, but we didn’t meet until YEARS later). So, we did the usual tailgating with friends/family before the game and then just went out to eat with my SIL/hubby afterwards.
The next day (a Sunday), we went down to Minneapolis for a Vikings football game, as that was our present to ourselves. Darling Husband LOVES the Vikings, and it’s only a 3.5 drive. So, to use “paper” in the gift, it was our tickets! We stayed at a nice hotel, thanks for my sisters hotel discount, and just went to random bars/restaurants after the game downtown. My sister surprised us with a cake from a local bakery, too.
I also bought a print that had the lyrics to our first song, which is up in our room.
Post # 13
- Wedding: November 2014 - Nazareth Hall
jpbee : We were planning to do the same only to find out they didn’t do brunch on Sunday’s anymore 🙁
So we actually went to an upscale bowling alley in the city and went to this incredible steakhouse for dinner where I consumed the greatest glass of red wine on this planet lol. I also wore my wedding shoes which was fun. Then we went home and cut into the top teir of our wedding cake that we had saved (and yes, it was just as good as it had been the previous year). We plan to do the same for every anniversary for as long as we can, except check out a new bar or cool place prior to dinner. And we still have our cake in the freezer too! We plan to have a bite every year until it goes bad.
Post # 14
Ours is coming up soon and we booked the sweetest little cabin in the Catskills with a deck that backs up to a pretty stream. So we’ll have an outdoorsy weekend of hiking and then that Monday, the actual day, I guess Ill just make him a nice dinner at home and we’ll exchange gifts. He cant take the day off unfortunately.
Post # 15
happybee15 : Thank you! Congratulations to you as well! The scrap book idea is lovely, I might have to steal that one!
starfish0116 : That’s the problem, our favourite local restaurant is at our wedding venue but it is closed on our anniversary day. Although going the day before instead wouldn’t be the end of the world!
Luce587 : That sounds lovely! Sometimes low key celebrations are the best!
Kacie209 : That’s a very sporty anniversary! The first dance song lyrics is a great idea, although we didn’t have a first dance so I can’t steal that one!
HC_IC721 : Haha I love that you wore your wedding shoes! I’ve already sold mine on ebay, I didn’t really like them, a bit too practical for my usual wear. How lovely to be able to enjoy your cake for years to come, ours is long gone!
MrsBuesleBee : That sounds like such a nice weekend away, enjoy!