The years can roll by very quickly in a fun marriage. At some point, before you even realize it, the demands of life can begin to crowd out every celebration. When you begin to notice your anniversary only a day before, each year, you'll have no choice but to decide to go out to dinner yet again. Not making a fuss may even seem to be the responsible thing to do as you're on a tight budget and you can't think of anything that will be memorable and still not burn a hole in your pocket. If the idea of yet another boring gift or celebration of your fun wedding seems completely unacceptable, here is affordable inspiration that you can try.
Re-create the wedding menu
From renewing your vows to watching your wedding video together, you can probably think of many ways to relive your wedding day. Doing it through its tastes and smells, though, is one of the best ideas to try if you want to summon up detailed, long-lost memories. Think of some of the best dishes on the menu that were served at you wedding dinner, and get them again. You can either make them at home or order them.
Get arty together
When the romantic fantasy film Ghost came out in 1990, people couldn't stop talking for years about the passionate pottery making scene with The Unchained Melody playing in the background. There really is something about shared arts and crafts that's wonderfully romantic. Whatever art you'd like to share together — pruning a bonsai, learning to dance together or making music together — a one-day lesson can be wonderful.
Find traditional little gifts to give each other
If you can't think of a gift, go traditional — convention and custom have done the homework for you, with set gifts for each anniversary. Something made of paper is the traditional gift for the first anniversary — a book, custom stationery and so on. Cotton for the second, leather for the third, flowers or fruit the fourth, wood for the fifth, candy for the sixth, copper for the seventh, pottery for the eighth, willow for the ninth and aluminum for the tenth are all ideas used over the years. Getting crafty gifts made of these materials is a great way to go. For instance, pretty little wedding Christmas ornaments made of cotton, paper, wood or metal can be perfect.
Devote a day each to the other
Most days, when you need to pamper each other, you need to take time out from your busy day to do it. It can be different when you're able to completely give a day over to the aim of pampering each other silly. You'll have nothing else to think of, and you can take the opportunity to show each other how far you're willing to go.
Finally, if your spouse loves politics, consider applying to the White House for an official wedding anniversary greeting card from the President. It could make their day.
Jane Washington is an experienced event planner of almost a decade. Whenever she has some spare time, she likes to share her insights by posting online. Her articles appear on many family, lifestyle and crafting websites and blogs.