When it's time to celebrate an anniversary, trying to choose the right restaurant, staying on a budget or being creative can be tough and even stressful. An anniversary doesn't have to be like planning a wedding all over again. Bringing that romance to just one day can be easy on the wallet and your sanity.
Ideas on a Budget
If funds are limited but you want a romantic anniversary, try getting creative. Depending on what season your anniversary falls in, being outdoors and indoors can be romantic. For spring anniversaries, surprise your significant other with breakfast in bed or make a picnic breakfast and watch the sunrise. It's a great way to start the day right. For summer, grab a tent, a grill and some marshmallows and go camping. Spending that time together with just the two of you and nothing else but nature can be very romantic. If winter is your anniversary time, fireplaces bring romance. Fix dinner, wine and have some soft music playing while you burn a bright fire and cozy up next to your loved one.
Consider dinner at a nice restaurant that your significant other has always wanted to try, or somewhere that's only for special occasions because it's normally out of your price range. Have the waiter bring you a special bottle of wine and order whatever food you prefer, not just what's cheapest. Horseback rides have become a popular date idea. Whether on a farm, through the countryside or on the beach, it's a great way to create a romantic feel. Prices vary depending on the area but can range from $75 to $110 an hour.
Staying at Home
Sometimes just getting cozy together at home can be just as romantic as a night on the town. Get creative with how you make it romantic. Pull out the old wedding video and re-live that special day. Drink a bottle of the same champagne, eat the top of the cake you have had frozen for a year, or make the same food you ate that day and remind yourselves what it was like to exchange vows all over again. Jacuzzis can be romantic, but even better is a candlelit bath for two. Use some aromatherapy candles, get some bubbles or scented bath salts and pop open a bottle of your favorite wine and relax while giving each other a back massage.
If money isn't an issue for your anniversary, book a vacation. Go somewhere romantic such as the beach, mountains, or your honeymoon destination. It gives you both a chance to get away from daily life and spend romantic time together. Many vacation sites have resorts that are adult-only, such as Beaches or Sandals. Both include resorts in Jamaica, the Bahamas, Mexico or other Caribbean islands. They also have romance packages that the couple can customize to spend time doing the things that are most important to them.
Creative and Memorable
It's the small things that count, especially to couples who have shared some very special moments together. Doing those things over again can spark old memories and be very romantic all over again. For example, go back to the spot of your first date. Have dinner at the first restaurant you shared a meal at or go for a walk in the park where you had your first picnic. Also, if you're giving anniversary gifts, sometimes a gift that's more heartfelt goes a long way. Decide to give gifts to each other that mean something special to your relationship or give gifts to each other that emphasize what made you fall in love with each other. A lot of times, handmade gifts are perfect because of the thought and effort involved.
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