Looking to knock it out of the park for this anniversary? Skip the champagne and flowers, although a great idea in a pinch, and plan something spectacular for the love of your life. No matter the budget, there is something in this list sure to take your love and affection to a whole new level as you celebrate your wedding anniversary.
The First Year
It is said that the first few years of wedded bliss are still in the honeymoon phase, so this one doesn’t have to be as elaborate as some of the more impressive milestones down the road. Because standing tradition says you eat the top layer of the wedding cake you froze last year, you could plan a romantic dinner at an upscale dining venue, followed by an evening at home where you eat cake and watch the recording of your wedding ceremony.
15 Years Later…
Though there is a lot of commendation to be given for surviving five and ten years of marriage, the first official anniversary milestone starts 15 years after your wedding. This is one is often represented by crystal, and the traditional gifts include Swarovski figurines representing love. If you are on a budget, try a faux crystal picture frame holding a photo from your wedding. Spend a little more and purchase a gold-labeled bottle of Cristal champagne or a luxury watch with a crystal face.
The 20th Anniversary
Traditionally, 20 years is symbolized by china. While you could invest in another set of china dinnerware, you could be frugal and plan on a night at home with some Chinese takeout and all your favorite movies. For a more clever approach, you could book an art class where you paint a porcelain mug or dish as a gift to your significant other. If you want the wow factor, plan well in advance and splurge on a trip to the Great Wall of China.
Celebrating 25 Years
This anniversary is silver, and the usual gifts are pieces of engraved silver jewelry and cuff links. The budget-friendly idea is a new serving platter, but a creative approach to the special occasion is a trip to the Southwest where you could go and hunt for unique pieces of silver. If your wallet has the room, splurging on a new silver Mustang is a gift that is sure to impress your loved one.
30 Years of Love
Pearls are the gift for this occasion, but you don’t just have to gift jewelry. While the unconventional gift would be a nice seafood dinner with an oyster appetizer, you could take your date out on the open waters with a trip similar to the Tropical Boat charters for this pearl celebration.
50 Golden Years
This is the biggest milestone and is celebrated through golden items. A gold watch or jewelry is tradition, but a gold-dusted custom cake could be the budget-friendly option. A splurge usually includes a big golden jubilee celebration or a special trip to a dream location.
Any year of marriage should be celebrated, but these are some great ways to celebrate the big ones. There are plenty of options for every budget, letting you create a milestone to be remembered.