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10 Ways to Celebrate Your First Wedding Anniversary

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Your first wedding anniversary is worth celebrating because it means you got through one of the most difficult years of marriage. It's also a chance to look back at your wedding day and assess how far you've come as a couple -- and where you're going. There are numerous ways to celebrate and commemorate your first wedding anniversary. Here are 10 suggestions:

1. Exchange gifts with your spouse.

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Many couples forgo anniversary gifts. But you should consider making an exception and giving each other at least a small token on your first wedding anniversary. You don’t have to buy something extravagant. The traditional first wedding anniversary gift is paper – and you have lots of options, such as writing a poem on paper, which won’t cost you anything but time and creativity.

2. Have your cake and eat it, too.

Many couples freeze the top of their wedding cake and eat it on their first wedding anniversary. To preserve the cake’s taste a year later, you should wrap it in vapor- and moisture-proof freezer bags after you’ve frozen it for a couple of hours to set the icing and then wrapped it in plastic, according to whatscookingamerica.net. If you didn’t freeze your cake, you could make a cake with the same flavors as your wedding cake and decorate it similarly, replete with your cake topper or the kinds of flowers you featured at your wedding.

3. Share your first dance all over again.

Put on your finest duds, play your song, and take each other for a spin across your living room floor or garden (weather permitting, of course). If you took lessons or did a choreographed dance, you can see if you both still have the moves you had a year earlier at your wedding.

4. View your wedding video and photo albums.

Remember the big day by viewing it through your videos and wedding albums. You could make popcorn, snuggle on the couch, and reminisce about your wedding while watching the video of it and going through your albums.

5. Have dinner at your reception site.

Go back to your reception site and order something that was on your wedding menu. If you can’t make it to the site, cook something from your wedding day menu at home.

6. Take a second honeymoon.

Return to your original honeymoon destination – or pick a new romantic getaway. There’s no lovelier way to celebrate your anniversary than by de-stressing in a beautiful place with nothing to do but spend time with one another.

7. Throw a party for your closest family and friends.

Having an anniversary party might seem like the least romantic idea, but it’s an especially great one for couples who never had a reception or eloped. Celebrating with close family and friends is a way for you to thank them for their help and support during your first year as husband and wife.

8. Toast one another.

Buy your favorite brand of champagne or make the signature cocktail you served at your wedding, and toast one another. It’s a great way to share the feelings you have for one another a year after you committed to spending your lives together.

9. Renew your vows.

You can renew your vows formally with a pastor, priest, or other officiant. Guests can attend as they would a wedding. Or you could do something more private for just the two of you and your closest friends and family. The two of you alone could even renew your vows at home by reciting the promises you made to one another a year earlier. It’s up to you.

10. Relive the wedding night with great sex.

The wedding night is the time where the bride and groom can finally unwind, be alone, and consummate their marriage. It should be the sweetest time of the day for the couple, and recreating the wedding night is a great way to kick off your second year and honor your first as husband and wife. Cover the bed in rose petals, light the candles, put on your sexiest lingerie, and enjoy one another.
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