How to Celebrate a Wedding Anniversary

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Celebrate your love for one another and look forward to more happy years.

Things You'll Need

  • Anniversary Greeting Cards
  • Flowers
  • Picnic Basket
  • Picnic Blankets
  • Bracelets
  • Wedding Rings
  • Women's Watches
  • Airline Tickets
  • Bed-and-breakfast
  • Spa Gift Certificates
  • Decide with your spouse whether you want to exchange gifts or buy something together. Consider looking up the traditional gift for your anniversary year and buying something that relates; if you decide to buy something as a couple, exchange small tokens like cards or flowers.

  • Plan a quiet evening or getaway together. Many couples like to observe their anniversary in a private, intimate manner, especially early anniversaries.

  • Arrange a small party for your closer family and friends, if desired. If you decide to have a get-together, begin by inviting the bridal party from the wedding.

  • Plan a large party if celebrating a landmark anniversary, such as the 10th, 25th or 50th. Again, begin by inviting members of the wedding parties.

  • Consider reaffirming your wedding vows if you'd like to recreate your wedding, or have the large wedding you never had.

Tips & Warnings

  • Couples generally prefer that guests not bring gifts to anniversary parties. Politely include this request on a small slip of paper in the invitation rather than printing it on the invitation itself.
  • If you have a friend or loved one whose spouse has passed away, consider observing their anniversary by taking him or her out to dinner or sending a modest floral arrangement with an appropriate note of affection. Avoid mentioning the deceased spouse or the anniversary, and don't send an anniversary card to a widow or widower.
  • Set an e-mail reminder or devise some other method to keep you from forgetting your anniversary.
  • Keep in mind that these are simply guidelines. Celebrate your anniversary any way you want.
  • Don't expect your friends and family to remember your anniversary. In fact, it may be better if they don't.

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