Once you have been together long enough to have an anniversary, you need to start celebrating special occasions. When you are in a relationship of any length, things become routine. Special occasions become a time for you to step outside of your routine and keep your romance alive.
Keep Your Romance Alive
Watch your wedding video or look through your wedding photo album together. It will help to bring back memories of the special day that you had forgotten.
If you are only going to get dressed to the nines and eat at the finest restaurant once a year, make it your anniversary. This emphasizes that your relationship is worth making a big deal out of.
Another idea is to relive your first date. Go to the same restaurant or venue. If the man brought daisies, bring her a bunch again. If a woman wore a red dress, pick out one of a similar color. Try to recapture the excitement of the first time you were together.
If you have the money, have a weekend getaway for your anniversary. Go to a romantic bed and breakfast or just go camping under the stars and zip your sleeping bags together. You can spend money on Dom Pérignon or on weenies and marshmallows. The point is that you are spending some quality time together away from home.
If it is a milestone anniversary, (1st or any that ends in a 5 or 0), plan a party to share your love with all of your friends and family.
Have a Weekly Date Night
When you work, have kids, and have all of the responsibilities that life brings, it’s hard to spend quality time with your spouse. That’s why it is so important to have a weekly date night.
If you can get a relative to sit with the kids for free, that’s ideal. You might also consider swapping date nights with another couple where you watch their kids one Tuesday and they watch yours the next so that you get two free evenings a month.
If you have to pay for a sitter, it is going to cut into the money that you have for a date experience, but there are a number of free or low-cost things you can do together.
Are the kids are at someone else’s house, your date night can be at home.
If you are going to stay home, you can have a movie marathon of movies from the year you met. Watch the movie that won the Best Picture Academy Award and the won that won the Razzies Award for worst picture.
You can play dress up and have a formal dinner at home. Or, read poetry in front of the fire while sipping wine and eating strawberries or cheese.
If your date night takes you out on the town, consider going to the museum on a free night – most museums have at least one free or reduced-price evening a month. Go to the farmer’s market and eat food from vendors there.