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12 Imaginative Ways To Renew Your Wedding Vows

Vows Reneal

People often choose to renew their wedding vows on anniversaries or other special occasions. It does not have to be a costly event. You can do this on your own with just the two of you or involve loved ones in the ceremony, whichever feels right for you.

Here are some ideas for making your renewal meaningful and memorable:

Hold a private ceremony.

Now you’re a seasoned wedding planner! It’s time to think about what kind of ceremony would be right for you. You could have a small ceremony at home with just your closest family and friends, or maybe something more public like on the beach or in a park. Some couples choose to renew their vows in an idyllic garden setting where they can take in nature while they celebrate their love together.

Whatever venue or theme suits your fancy, remember that this is all about celebrating what makes your relationship special and unique–so don’t let anyone else tell you how things should go!

Wedding celebrations

Release butterflies.

  • Release butterflies at the end of your ceremony.
  • Use a net to catch and release them into the wild (butterflies are not naturally able to fly far enough away from their home area).
  • Visit a butterfly farm, where you can purchase large quantities of butterflies for this purpose.

Have a symbolic ceremony.

One of the most meaningful ways to renew your vows is through a symbolic ceremony. This can be more meaningful than a traditional wedding because it’s more personal, and will allow you to reflect on your relationship together.

If you’re thinking about having a symbolic ceremony, here are some tips:

  • Choose something that represents who you are as individuals and as a couple. It could be anything from an object or location (like your first date spot) or an activity (like going rock climbing).
  • Make sure it fits with the theme of your day–if it doesn’t seem like it fits in with everything else going on, then maybe don’t do it!
Rock climbing and vow renewal, who knew it was a thing.

Involve the children.

If you have them, out them to work! One of the most memorable ways to involve your kids in your renewal ceremony is by having them write vows for their parents. This can be done in a number of ways, such as having each child write one or more paragraphs about their parents and then read them aloud during the ceremony. It’s also possible for each child to draw a picture representing something they love about their parent(s), which would be displayed as part of an art display at the reception site or on tables around town leading up to the event. Another idea is for children who are old enough (and have been invited) to participate in planning some aspects of festivities leading up to this day–like creating decorations or helping with food preparation–so that they feel like part of what’s happening!

Include family in the ceremony and festivities.

If you are planning a renewal ceremony that includes immediate family members, make sure they feel included in the ceremony and festivities. If your parents or siblings are available to be part of a posse or provide readings during the service, consider including them! It will mean so much to them–and will give them an opportunity to feel like they’re contributing in some way.

Prepare you renewal Vows

The most important part of a vow renewal ceremony is the vows themselves. You can write your own, but if you’re looking for inspiration, here are some ideas:

  • Make them personal and meaningful. Don’t just say “I promise”–write in something specific to the two of you that will make the moment memorable for both of you. For example, if one partner has been diagnosed with a chronic illness and has faced challenges together as a couple but also individually, they could say something like “I promise to love and support my partner through sickness as well as health.” Or maybe there’s something else in their life right now that’s making them feel especially thankful or grateful; this would be an excellent opportunity to include those sentiments in their vows!
  • Be ready for anything! We’ve seen some pretty funny moments during our ceremonies; one couple even had their dog run out onto stage during their vows (and then promptly pee on it). If this happens at yours too…well…we’ll hope all goes well!

Have a party and play games with family or friends.

Games are a great way to bring people together. They can also be used to reinforce the theme of the ceremony and help bring a sense of fun. Games are an excellent way to break the ice with new guests, especially if you have invited some who may not know each other well or at all.

Themes: simple and easy-to-create themes such as “red” or “green” for Christmas; team colors for sports fans; or even just “tacky hats.” You can make your own game cards using construction paper and markers, or buy them from craft stores like Michaels (they usually have them in stock).

If you’re having people over for dinner beforehand, consider doing something similar where everyone brings an ingredient needed for dinner–like pizza toppings! Then let everyone try their hand at making their own personal pizzas while they play some games together before heading into town later on.

Vows Renewal Food

Share your vows and recommit yourself to your partner in front of family or friends during the party.

Your vows are the most important part of your renewal ceremony. You can write them in advance, or on the day of your party. If you choose to write them together, it’s nice to have a place where everyone can see them as they are read aloud by one or both partners (a chalkboard works well). You can also choose to share them individually with each guest as they arrive at the party so that they know what is going on when it comes time for sharing your new promises with everyone else in attendance.

More Ideas to renew your Vows.

  • Write a poem or song for your partner.
  • Write a letter of love to your partner.
  • Write a story about your relationship; include memories, adventures, and challenges you’ve faced together in the past year since you married. If possible, include this with the other ideas on this list as well as make it into its own separate piece of art that you can hang up in your home as part of an ongoing art project perhaps.
  • Create an illustrated list of things you love about each other, such as “I love how funny he is” or “I admire how hardworking she is.” This could also be done digitally by creating an iTunes playlist titled with each person’s name!

There are many ways to renew your vows, although some are more meaningful than others

Renewing your vows is a great way to celebrate the love you share with your partner and make it official, but there are many ways to do so. You can choose from a variety of options that range from simple and personal to elaborate and extravagant. Whatever style you choose, however, keep in mind that the most important thing about renewing your vows is that it be meaningful for both of you–so don’t overthink it!

If you’re looking for an idea that’s both unique and easy on the budget, consider doing something simple like writing letters expressing how much each other means to each other or sharing favourite memories together as part of your ceremony (or even after). Or just have fun doing something silly like dressing up like characters from one of your favourite shows or movies together–the sillier the better!

Final Thoughts

We hope that you have found some inspiration for renewing your vows in this article. If you are looking for something more traditional, we recommend holding a small ceremony with family and friends at home or in a church. If you want something more casual, then consider having a party where everyone can share their vows with each other while drinking champagne or eating cake! Whatever route takes your fancy, remember that it’s the sentiment behind the words that matters most – so go ahead and do what feels right for both of you

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16 Inspiring Lines For A Couple’s First Anniversary Card

Sometimes it can be difficult to find the right words to convey what you would like to say when sending a first anniversary card to a couple. Hopefully, the following will help you write your card to make the most of your anniversary wishes. Following on from our post about what to write in your 1st anniversary card we share below what to write to a couple you may know.

1 year is a long time. You can write about how you feel about the couple and how they feel about the anniversary. Don’t forget to mention the couple’s name and the date of their anniversary in your card!

First Anniversary Card messages to a couple

  1. Congratulations on your first anniversary as a married couple! When we think of friends who make marriage look easy, we think of you guys, who always have fun together. Here’s to many more years of laughter and fun adventures as husband and wife!
  2. I can’t believe it’s been a whole year since your big day. How does it feel to be Mr. & Mrs.?
  3. So glad you found each other and taking this wonderful step together. Wishing you all the love, joy and happiness that marriage promises. Happy first anniversary!
  4. Well, after a year of marriage, you are definitely living proof that some people are lucky enough to find the love of their life, and still enjoy being with them. Happy anniversary to both of you!
  5. … That’s what makes this card so special–it reminds us how good it feels when two people really love each other enough to stay committed through anything else that comes their way!
  6. 1 Year down…forever to go! Wishing you all the happiness in the world on your 1st Anniversary as husband and wife!
  7. Happy 1st wedding anniversary to my favourite couple! May the Lord continue to bless and strengthen your marriage for years to come.
  8. Congratulations on your first anniversary as a married couple! When we think of friends who make marriage look easy, we think of you guys, who always have fun together. Here’s to many more years of laughter and fun adventures as husband and wife!
  9. Happy first anniversary to a wonderful couple! You both make such a beautiful pair and I’m so happy to have been a part of your special day. Wishing you many more years of love and happiness together.
  10.  Happy first anniversary to a truly special couple! Your love and commitment to each other shines so brightly, and it’s an inspiration to all of us. Wishing you a lifetime of happiness together.
  11.  Happy first anniversary to a lovely couple! It’s been a pleasure to watch your love grow and flourish over the past year. Wishing you many more years of love, laughter and happiness together.
  12.  Happy first anniversary! I’m so grateful to know a couple as loving and devoted as you two. Wishing you many more years of happiness and love together.
  13.  Happy first anniversary to a beautiful couple! Your love and commitment to each other is an inspiration, and I’m so happy to have been a part of your special day. Wishing you many more years of happiness together.
  14.  Happy first anniversary to a truly amazing couple! Watching the two of you grow together in love and commitment has been such a joy. Wishing you many more years of love and happiness together.
  15.  Happy first anniversary! I’m so happy to know a couple as loving and devoted as you two. Wishing you many more years of happiness and love together.
  16.  Happy first anniversary! You two make such a beautiful pair and I’m so happy to have been a part of your special day. Wishing you many more years of love and happiness together.

You should also write something that is heartfelt and specific to what you want to say

When writing a first anniversary card, it’s important to remember that you should also write something that is heartfelt and specific to what you want to say. You don’t just want to write “Happy Anniversary!” or “Love you!” because if your message is generic, then it will not be received as well as one where you have taken the time to address your recipients by name.

Final Thoughts

As always, it’s best to make the message personal and heartfelt, so you can add some personal touches to the messages or make your own message that expresses how you truly feel about the couple.

I hope this little guide has helped you get started, but remember that the best anniversary card is one that comes from the heart.

Our ideas come with a personal touch to make your anniversary special. Many of our gifts are based on the theme lists for the year. They vary from traditional to modern and gemstones. We have gifts for every type of couple, whether you’re looking for a gold themed gift for the golden years; or some woodsy inspired presents for an outdoor couple our website has it all! Check out our website at

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11 Salutations for your 1st Anniversary Card

Love quotes

Congratulations, you’ve made it to the first year of your marriage! In just 365 days, you’ve learned a lot about each other — and about yourself. As you look back over the past year, the memories you shared are a great way to prompt you on what to write on your anniversary card.

The best thing about marriage is that it’s never the same day twice. You’re always learning something new about your partner, and you can’t help but grow as a person along with them, too. It’s like one of those old clichés, but it’s true: Marriage isn’t easy—it takes effort every single day—but when you realise how much better life can be when two people are committed to each other through thick and thin, there’s no better feeling in the world! The following are some ideas and prompts for what to say.

Engagement & Wedding Rings

“Happy first anniversary! It’s hard to believe that it’s already been a year since we became husband and wife. I’m so lucky to have you in my life and I look forward to spending many more years together.”

— Time Flies

If I could go back to the day we met, I’d choose you all over again.

The first time you met, both of your hearts were beating fast. You were nervous and excited at the same time. You remember what you were wearing that day, but not much else–all because your mind was focused on one thing: connecting with this person who seemed so different from anyone else around them.

You looked into their eyes for just long enough to see their smile before turning away again; it was only when they reached out to touch your arm that everything changed in an instant. The touch was electric–it sent shivers down both of our spines as we stood there together face-to-face for the very first time (and not just because it was winter).

“Happy first anniversary! Time flies when you’re having fun, and I can’t believe it’s already been a year. I’m so grateful to have you by my side and I can’t wait to see what the future holds for us. I love you.”

— First Year Together

That first kiss is one of my favourite memories ever.

I’ll never forget the first time we kissed. It was magical, like something out of a movie. I remember how nervous I was and how much my hands shook when I held yours for the first time. The way our eyes met across the room at that party was just like something out of an indie film–it was so real that it almost didn’t seem real! And then when we went on our first date? That night changed everything for me–I knew right then that this person would become my best friend forever.

We’ve been through so much together since then: trips to Paris and New York; holding hands while walking through the Park on warm summer nights; telling each other “I love you” (and meaning it). Our love story is one full of memories worth cherishing forever…and now there’s another anniversary coming up soon!

“Happy first anniversary! I’m so grateful for the love, laughter, and memories we’ve shared in the past year. I look forward to many more years of happiness together.”

— Love and Laughter

I’m so proud of us and all we’ve accomplished together.

The first year of marriage is full of challenges and opportunities to grow as a couple. You’ve set goals for yourselves, worked hard to achieve them, and learned how to navigate life together with grace. I’m so proud of us and all we’ve accomplished together.

Congratulations on your first wedding anniversary!

“Happy first anniversary! I’m so lucky to have a partner who is my best friend, my confidant, and my love. I’m excited for the many more years to come.”

— Best Friend

When I think about all that’s happened to us in this past year, I feel like the luckiest person in the world.

When I think about all that’s happened to us in this past year, I feel like the luckiest person in the world.

I’m so grateful that you’re my partner and best friend. You’ve always been there for me no matter what came our way–whether it was a tough day at work or an argument with friends or family members. You’ve helped me become a better person by showing me what matters most: love, kindness and compassion towards others (and yourself!).

I love you more than anything in this world; I can’t wait for what our next year together has in store!

“Happy first anniversary! I’m grateful for the love and support you’ve given me throughout the past year. I look forward to growing old together, happy first anniversary my love.”

— Love and Support

Remember how nervous I was? Thank you for calming me down that day. I love you more now than ever.

Remember how nervous I was? Thank you for calming me down that day. I love you more now than ever before.

You were there with me, holding my hand and telling me everything would be okay. But what really helped was how calm and confident you seemed in spite of all the chaos around us on our wedding day–and even though it had been a while since we’d seen each other before then, I could tell from the look on your face that everything was going to go perfectly according to plan.

“Happy first anniversary! I’m so grateful to have you as my partner in life, and I’m excited to see what the future holds for us. I love you.”

— Life Partner

There was no doubt in my mind that you were the one for me from the moment we shook hands.

When we met, I knew you were the one for me. There was no doubt in my mind that you were the one for me from the moment we shook hands.

Shaking hands is a sign of respect, trust and friendship between two people who are entering into an agreement together or just want to show each other that they care about each other’s well-being. It also shows love and commitment between two people who want to be together forever–just like us!

“Happy first anniversary! I’m so grateful for the love and support you’ve given me throughout the past year. I’m excited to spend many more years together and grow old with you.”

— … with you

Waking up next to you every morning is a dream come true.

Waking up next to your soul mate every morning is a dream come true.

You have spent so much time together, and it’s hard not to feel sentimental about what a beautiful journey has been traveled thus far. Waking up next to each other is such a special moment in your lives and can only get better from here!

“Happy first anniversary! Time flies when you’re having fun and I can’t believe it’s already been a year. I’m so grateful to have you by my side and I can’t wait to see what the future holds for us. I love you.”

— what the future holds

We may not always agree about everything, but there’s no doubt in my mind that we make a great team together.

It’s not always easy to be a team, but we’re in this together. I know that when we disagree or have disagreements, it doesn’t mean the end of the world–it means there’s something to learn from one another. We can always talk things out instead of letting them fester in our minds until they become a bigger problem than they need to be. You’ve shown me how important communication is in any relationship, and I think that’s one of your best qualities as my partner: you’re always willing to talk through whatever issue comes up between us without ever making me feel bad about myself or bringing up old wounds (which would only make things worse).

I also appreciate how much effort you put into learning new things and trying new experiences with me; sometimes I worry that our relationship might get boring if we don’t continue finding ways for ourselves as individuals outside our marriage/partnership together over time!

“Happy first anniversary! I’m grateful for the love and support you’ve given me throughout the past year. I look forward to spending many more years together and growing old with you.”

— growing old with you

When we got married, it was like our lives starting making sense at last.

When we got married, it was like our lives starting making sense at last. I know that sounds dramatic, but it’s true! When you’re single and dating, there are always things to worry about: Who should I go out with tonight? Am I too picky? What if no one likes me? But when you get married and start living together as a couple–well, then those worries disappear. Suddenly everything feels secure and safe. You don’t have to worry so much about what other people think anymore because they already know how much they love each other (and vice versa). And even though life will keep happening and changing all around us throughout our first year of marriage (and beyond), being together has given us something solid and unwavering at our core that makes everything else seem less scary somehow!

And now here we are on our first anniversary–the day where all those feelings come full circle again 🙂

“I hope you never forget how much I love you, because I don’t think I could ever stop.”

— I love you

Our life together has been better than anything else I could imagine doing with you by my side.

Our life together has been better than anything else I could imagine doing with you by my side.

You’ve been a constant source of inspiration and encouragement, even when I feel like giving up. Your kindness knows no bounds, and your love has shown me what it means to be truly happy in this world. You are so special to me that I can’t even begin to describe how lucky I feel right now because we get to spend our lives together!

“Happy Anniversary! I hope this year is as wonderful as the last. I’m so lucky to have you in my life, and I can’t wait to see what the future holds for us. You are truly the best thing that has ever happened to me.”

— A Wonderful Year

It feels like we’ve known each other forever, and yet, I’m still discovering new things about you everyday. What an incredible year it’s been!

It feels like we’ve known each other forever, and yet, I’m still discovering new things about you everyday. What an incredible year it’s been!

Marriage is a journey that leads to a partnership that is not always easy but worth it. You will learn new things about your spouse every day and have disagreements, but you can work through them together as long as there is love in your heart for each other.

“Happy Anniversary! I am so thankful to have spent this last year with you. You’ve made a difference in my life, and I am so grateful for the love and support you’ve shown me. I can’t wait to see what the next year brings us!”

— This last Year

Marriage takes effort every day, but it’s also incredibly rewarding if you take the time to appreciate it

You’re celebrating your first wedding anniversary, so it’s only natural that you start to reflect on what has made this relationship so special.

As with any partnership, marriage takes effort every day. But if you want it to work, then both partners need to be committed and willing to make sacrifices for each other. This can sometimes be hard when life gets busy or stressful (especially if there are kids involved), but staying positive about your partner will help keep things going in the right direction!

Marriage is also a privilege: not everyone gets married; some people choose not to get married at all! So appreciate this opportunity while it lasts because there are plenty of couples who would love what you have right now–even if they don’t realise it yet!

Final Thoughts

It’s always best to make first anniversary greeting card messages personal and heartfelt, so you can add some personal touches to the messages or make your own message that expresses how you truly feel.

I hope you enjoyed reading these salutations as much as I enjoyed writing them. They’re all about celebrating your first wedding anniversary as a couple, so they’re perfect for sending to someone special on their special day!

If you’re looking for other wedding anniversaries please check our our resources on our Anniversary Ideas web site for all anniversary years from early ones to Diamond and beyond!

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10 Unique Ways To Celebrate Your First Wedding Anniversary

Celebrating the 1st Anniversary

It’s your first wedding anniversary! You’re probably wondering, “What can we do to celebrate?” Well, you’ve come to the right place. We’ve got some great ideas for how to make this year’s anniversary extra special.

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1. Recreate Your Wedding Day

A popular ways to celebrate your first wedding anniversary is by re-creating your wedding day. If you’re feeling up to it, go all out and recreate every detail of that special day. Dress up in your wedding attire and take a photo shoot with your groom. Have each member of the bridal party there (and if they couldn’t make it on that day, have them show up now). Serve cake at midnight just like you did on yours! Throw an after party for guests who missed it last time around—maybe even hire a band for some dancing!

Romantic walk along a beach at sunset

2. Take a Romantic Getaway

  • Get away for the weekend. If you have the time and resources, it’s worth taking a mini-vacation. The best part about this option is that you can make it as romantic as you want. For example:
  • Stay at a nice hotel with spa services
  • Have dinner at one of those restaurants where they sing to you
  • Go dancing at the club downtown (or look up some nearby swing dance lessons)
  • Do something new and exciting together—maybe try parasailing or skydiving! Or go on a hiking adventure through nature trails that have never been explored before. If neither of those ideas sound appealing but there’s still some excitement left in the relationship after a year together, then perhaps consider taking up biking. There are plenty of beautiful bike trails around the UK where couples can spend hours riding happily next to each other while they enjoy nature’s beauty around them without having to worry about traffic jams or pedestrian crossings getting in their way (because let’s face it—those things are stressful!). Lastly, why not visit some tourist attractions? There are plenty out there that would be fun on any first wedding anniversary trip.

3. Give a Paper Gift

Paper is the traditional gift theme for the first anniversary so make sure you give some thought as to what gift you can give. There are plenty of gift ideas for the first wedding anniversary but if you want to give something unique, why not make your own gift? You could write a poem or song and present it to your partner on their special day.

Giving a paper gift to your spouse is a great way to show them how much you love them and how grateful you are for their presence in your life. Paper gifts can be inexpensive, easy to make, and can be made from recycled materials. You can also make paper gifts in advance and store them for use on other occasions in the future.

Paper is one of the most versatile materials in existence, so it’s no wonder that it’s been used as an element of celebration throughout history (think wedding invitations).

Special Dinner Dates together

4. Plan a Special Dinner

Once you get to the restaurant, make sure to order something special. If you’ve never been there before and want to splurge on a nice meal, it’s a great time to ask the chef or waiter if they can make something special. You could also ask that your wine be served in an interesting glass or decanter.

A romantic restaurant is key for an anniversary dinner; choose one with dim lighting and soft music playing in the background. Make sure your table is private (so no one else can hear what you’re saying). If possible, bring flowers or a gift for your spouse!

5. Renew Your Vows

Renewing your vows is a great way to commemorate your first wedding anniversary. This can be as low-key or elaborate as you like—it all depends on what works best for you and your partner.

If planning a wedding isn’t in the cards this year, but revisiting the special day is something that appeals to both of you, consider renewing your vows at a beach, park or other location that holds memories for both of you. It could be something as simple as renewing on a beach where one of you proposed or at a park where special moments were had. For us? We chose our favourite restaurant from our original honeymoon —and it was perfect!

6. Make a Memory Book

This is a great way to keep all of your wedding memories together in one place, and it can be personalized with photos or memorabilia from the day. You could also create a scrapbook of the first year of your marriage so that you can look back on everything that happened during that time.

This project is fun as well as meaningful, as it gives you a chance to look back on how far you’ve come in life together. If you don’t have any creative skills, there are plenty of online guides – or even kits – that will help get started!

Share a Spa day together

7. Spend a Day at the Spa or Salon Together

A spa or salon day is a great way to relax and unwind, as well as bond with each other. You can spend time together in a peaceful, serene environment. A spa day can be a great way to show your spouse how much you appreciate them and want to share this special moment with them.

8. Take a Dance Class

You’ll experience the satisfaction of learning a new skill, develop a sense of accomplishment and enjoy the chance to bond with your partner.

If you don’t have time for lessons but still want to take up dancing, there are many apps and online videos that will teach you how to dance in your own home without any prior knowledge or experience. You can choose from social dances including salsa, swing and waltz, or even ballroom styles like tango and foxtrot.

Dancing is one of the most fun ways to get fit! It improves flexibility as well as balance and coordination, making it ideal for those who want an alternative form of exercise that doesn’t involve hitting the gym or working out at home with weights.

9. Volunteer Together

You can do it on your own or with a group of friends. You don’t have to spend a lot of money to make an impact.

Volunteering together is one of the best ways to celebrate your first wedding anniversary. You’ll not only be helping others, but you’ll also strengthen your relationship by doing something fun and meaningful together. If you don’t know where to start check out the governments page on volunteering.

10. Surprise Them With a Party

When you plan a party for your spouse, it’s important to make sure they don’t find out. The best way is to use your network of friends and family to help you keep it secret. There are several ways that you can do this:

  • Have a party for the whole family—if everyone gets together at once, no one will be paying attention when the big moment arrives!
  • Host a gathering for your parents and siblings—they’ll all be too busy laughing at each other’s jokes or talking about old times to notice anything else going on in the room.
  • Surprise them with a small gathering of just their closest friends who won’t say anything because they’re too busy being grateful that they were invited! Or, if you want something more extravagant…

You can celebrate your first wedding anniversary in ways that are meaningful and memorable.

When it comes to celebrating your first wedding anniversary, you can approach the occasion in a variety of ways. You can celebrate your first wedding anniversary in ways that are meaningful and memorable.

You can celebrate your first wedding anniversary in ways that are meaningful and memorable.

Final Thoughts

If you’re like us, you can use a little help when it comes to planning the perfect anniversary celebration. And while we hope these ideas have helped inspire you, we know that they may not be enough. After all, there are so many different ways to celebrate your wedding anniversary!

The key is to keep things simple and fun—because most importantly, this day should be about celebrating you as a couple (and how much fun is that?). Happy Anniversary xx

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Creative Ways To Celebrate Your 1st Wedding Anniversary

Newly married couple dancing on the beach

Wedding anniversaries are like a bridge between two years of marriage. They’re the yearly celebration of how far you’ve come with your partner. what’s more they’re a way to look back on all the ways in which you’ve grown together as a couple. It’s also an opportunity to celebrate your love, which is why we’ve put together this web site for 1st wedding anniversary ideas!

First Anniversary Gifts

If you’re here, chances are …

If you’re here, chances are you’re looking for gift ideas, want to know what to do on this special day, or perhaps wondering how to celebrate.

The answer is simple: with the perfect gift. And what better way to celebrate a couple’s love for each other than by giving them something that will last forever? We’ve got you covered with our list of the best gifts for your first wedding anniversary. And if you’re looking for a few more ideas, check out our ultimate guide to anniversary gifts!

What to do on your First Anniversary?

This is a great question, especially if you’re not sure what to do for your first anniversary.

Traditionally the first anniversary is celebrated and commemorated. A gift to mark the first year and give thanks to your spouse for being with you through think and thin over the past year. Lots of wedding anniversaries have gift themes, the First is no different. It has the traditional theme of Paper. There are other lists which also suggest a theme, the modern alternative suggests Clocks as the theme and the Gemstone list suggests Freshwater Pearls.

The best way to celebrate this special day is by spending time together as a couple, which could mean anything from going on a vacation or taking a romantic weekend getaway. Or perhaps you want to enjoy something simple and low-key like dinner at your favourite restaurant or going on an afternoon picnic. Either way, these ideas will help you decide what to do for your first anniversary!

How to celebrate your 1st-anniversary?

Together, is the simple answer! There are lots of ways to celebrate your first anniversary. You can go on a romantic getaway, take a trip to the beach or enjoy an afternoon picnic in the park. It’s important to make it special by choosing something that will allow you and your spouse to spend quality time together.

Here are some ideas for your first anniversary celebration:

  • Take a trip together. Near or Far, your choice it’s the company that counts!
  • Go on a romantic getaway.
  • Spend the weekend at home. (tell people you’re away so you don’t get disturbed!)
First Anniversary Spa day anyone?

… starting your first year as a married couple has been a (mostly) wonderful experience.

You’re still in the honeymoon phase. Perhaps you’re still learning about each other. Even getting used to being around each other 24/7 and figuring out how to make this thing work. You’re also still getting used to the new normal of married life: having someone else around all the time; making major decisions together; splitting up chores and responsibilities between two people (and maybe more); spending lots of quality time together when you’d rather be doing something else; sleeping with someone who makes farting noises at night (or snores).

So far, so good! And there’s no reason why it won’t continue as long as both of you are willing and able to put in some effort.

You made it!

Congratulations! You made it through your wedding, and now you’re here in the first year of marriage. Congratulations as well on a whole year of having to deal with each other’s quirks and habits. Did he forget to take out the trash again? Did she drink all the milk straight from the carton like an asshole? You get through it because you love one another, but that doesn’t mean that your relationship doesn’t have its ups and downs.

Celebrate your success!

But then again, even if you don’t always get along perfectly, there are still things that are just so important to be grateful for:

  • You got married in front of all your family and friends
  • Your parents didn’t disown either one of you after seeing how much money they sunk into this event (hopefully!)


Congratulations on making it to the end of your first year as a married couple. Here’s to many more years together!

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Paper Anniversary Gift Ideas, What to get your spouse on the first anniversary?

paper anniversary gifts

The first anniversary is a special time, and finding the perfect gift can be a challenge. Did you know that the first anniversary is symbolised by paper? Paper is innocent and fragile just like the first year in marriage, and it’s been a year of adjustments and new beginnings. Paper represents a journey together at the very start; it’s still being written. Each piece is a blank page for people to fill in. Paper comes from trees and stems from little seeds that naturally grow yearly, just like a marriage. Although paper is fragile, if it’s looked after and nurtured it can be strong–but woe betides if it’s neglected! It can rip or tear apart.

Here are our top ten gift ideas for this wonderful anniversary:

1. Paper Charts

Your wedding chart is made of paper, but you can keep it safe by putting it in a laminated pouch. Or get one with leather binding if you want something more permanent.

2. Anniversary books or journals

A great gift for you to fill with photos and notes of your anniversaries together. This keepsake can be enjoyed every year as a reminder of the wonderful times that you’ve shared.

3. Photo Frames

You could write your wedding vows or a lovely poem and place them in a photo frame. Or you could insert one picture of the two of you into the frame, with words describing how much love there is between you (or something else heart warming).

We have an excellent choice of photo frames. Also, have a look at our personalised frames. You could even put one of our paper charts in a frame.

4. Gift Experiences

A good way to give a paper gift is to give a voucher with an experience to share–it could be a lovely getaway in a hotel with a romantic meal for two; tea for two with prosecco; or even ride in hot air balloon! You could also buy plane tickets to go somewhere special to you both or tickets to theatre or concert. There are plenty of options available!

5. Flowers

According to our research, the Pansy is the flower that symbolises the first anniversary, not the carnation that a lot of sites suggest. Carnations are more profoundly used as they are seasonal and are readily cut for bouquets. The pansy is more seasonal and better for planting in the garden.

Unlike other plants, the pansy’s delicate nature resembles the beginning of a marriage–when it is most vulnerable. However, if nurtured properly and treated with care, this tiny flower will flourish into something beautiful.

The purple pansy represents the joy of spending time together, while the white one symbolizes love. Your loved ones think about you often.

6. Jewellery

The gemstone traditionally associated with the first wedding anniversary is freshwater pearls. These come from mussels living in freshwater lakes, rivers or ponds—whereas cultured pearls are created by oysters inhabiting saltwater environments.

You can get beautiful jewellery made with freshwater pearls. Have a look at our necklaces, bracelets and rings.

7. Humorous gifts

If the couple has a good sense of humour, they might enjoy one of our mug sets: Mr Right/ Mrs Always Right or The Boss /The Real Boss.

8. Celebrating.

Keeping with the paper theme how about a romantic picnic using paper plates and cups or if you want to celebrate with family and friends you could have a BBQ. Just don’t forget the champagne.

9. Modern 1st Anniversary Gift theme

The modern first-anniversary gift is a clock. Clocks represent all the years you and your partner have ahead of you as time never ends; it’s a fitting present for the occasion!

10. Have a Spa Day

Relax and rejuvenate with a spa day together. Taking time out to relax and become one again is a great way to celebrate your first anniversary. If you’re looking for something special, treat yourselves to a couples massage. These days there are many different types of massages available—including Thai, Swedish and Shiatsu massage.

Bonus Idea: First Dance Lyrics Print

A framed print of a song lyrics or poem that holds special significance for your relationship such as your fist dance. This is a great keepsake of your first dance, and will be something that you can treasure for years to come. It’s a thoughtful gift that will surely bring back memories of those special moments.

Final Thoughts

Hopefully, you will find a gift that suits you and your partner. If you’re looking for a more affordable option, go with the mug sets. If money is no object and you want something more unusual, then perhaps one of our other ideas would be more suitable. We’ve many, many more gift ideas on our Anniversary Ideas site if you want further inspiration.