In honor of our fifth wedding anniversary last weekend, I thought it would be fun to share five of our anniversary traditions – things we have done each year in celebration. We didn’t necessarily intend for these to be repeated every year but they’re so easy and enjoyable – why not!?
We find value in each of these simple anniversary traditions – I hope you will too!
If only for a couple hours, make some special time for each other. We look forward to this every year. We’ve been lucky enough to be able to spend at least a night away, just the two of us. The first year was the only year we didn’t have kids so we went to Mexico and stayed at an amazing, romantic resort for a week (those were the days, right!?). For our second anniversary, when Ellie was only 2 months old, we spent a few hours at a hotel spa which was heavenly, especially at that time! For the third, fourth and now fifth, we’ve done an overnight at local San Diego hotels – Rancho Bernardo Inn, La Costa and this last weekend at The Lakehouse. Focusing on each other, outside of the normal environment, is so crucial for reconnecting and strengthening the relationship. We’re huge fans!
Every year, we pull out our wedding book and go through it together. Usually this is at the hotel over champagne of course. We also love to watch our wedding videos – both the one our videographer made and also the 30 minute version my sister put together for us of the entire week, mostly of hilarious drunk shenanigans (we got married at an all inclusive resort in Mexico with 54 of our closest friends and immediate family). It never gets old!
Presents aren’t always exchanged, and really, they are not always necessary. But we make sure to give one another a heart-felt, long-winded, mushy card each year. There’s something about a hand written declaration of love and appreciation that makes me feel so special. I know Chris adores me but when he takes the time to put it into meaningful, written words, it just reaches me on a different level.
You know how much I love my progression pics (see these and these) so of course we have to document each year with a photo of us, and now with our kids, and the number of which anniversary it is. Dorky, yes, but I imagine it will be so fun to look back on how our lives are growing and changing over the years.
Over our Anniversary dinner, we reminisce about our top moments of the last year to date. We alternate, taking turns to remember and discuss all the great times we had over the year. This is probably my favorite of our traditions because it helps us be present and grateful for everything we have, and have done the last year. When you start listing all these awesome memories you can’t help but feel like life is good. And it is. It is so good.
Easy enough, right?! What are some anniversary traditions you and your spouse do each year? I can always add more to our list!