5 ways to celebrate your anniversary without it feeling fake

It’s very easy to forget to celebrate your anniversary, isn’t it? Even easier to just do the bare minimum. The problem with the bunch of last-minute flowers and the grabbed card you write on the train ride home is none of it feels sincere. Here are our top 5 tips to celebrate your anniversary without it feeling fake.

Mr & Mrs Romance - celebrate your anniversary without it feeling fake

Today Mrs Romance and I are celebrating our wedding anniversary – our 8th year together as husband and wife. Goodness knows how she’s put up with me for so long.

We love a good excuse to celebrate being together – and for us an anniversary is exactly that. I also think it’s a show of respect too. It’s recognition of the other person and your relationship, which I think is incredibly important.

For us, an anniversary doesn’t have to be anything huge. In fact we generally don’t go for the big gestures for times like Valentine’s Day or our anniversary. However, if we’re doing something really cool near or around a special date, we often attribute it.

We were away on a travel assignment to Japan recently, so we counted that as an anniversary present to each other – even though it was for work.

For me our wedding anniversary is a celebration of the legally binding contract I have that makes it as difficult as possible for Mrs Romance to get rid of me. I have no idea why she’s celebrating.

But whether you and your partner lavish gifts and surprises on each other to celebrate your anniversary or you just prefer some quiet time together, giving recognition to your relationship is so important.

Here are our 5 ideas for celebrating your anniversary in a genuine way. They also shouldn’t have to cost the earth, take weeks of planning or require too much preparation beforehand.

5 ways to celebrate your anniversary without it feeling fake

Mr & Mrs Romance - The Morrison, Sydney - champagne and oysters

1. Cook your partner’s favourite meal

This is one of my favourite ideas and one our friends Sharon and Paul love doing. They take it in turns to cook a full 3-course dinner for one other each year, which takes it that one step further.

If you’re not much of a cook, you can always bring home takeaway instead. Absolutely no shame in that.

Here are more tips on how to plan a romantic dinner at home.

2. Pop a bottle of bubbly

As I said, we don’t often go for the big gestures – it can even boil down to sharing a bottle of champagne or cracking that special bottle of wine you’ve been saving. Most of us have that bottle in the back of the cupboard and an anniversary is always a good excuse to bring it out.

If you’re not sure what champagne to buy, here are our top tips.

And if you’re feeling like a one-two combo (that’s cooking a meal and breaking open the bubbles), here are some great tips on how to pair champagne with food!

Mr & Mrs Romance - celebrate your anniversary - us at sunset in Okinawa

3. Recreate your first date

For us this one’s a bit tricky as our first date included a chaperone who now lives in Canada. Mrs Romance’s mate Leonie decided she’d come with us for dinner that night, but we’ve been back to the restaurant in Paddington since – just the two of us.

4. Take a staycation

Going on holiday in your hometown is awesome. We love exploring our city as tourists, and it can be a really romantic way to spend a night away. We’ve written about staycations a lot, but here’s our latest guide to creating the perfect romantic getaway.

For last-minute hotels in your city, make sure you check out Hotel Tonight, which is only available via the mobile app or if you’re specifically in the States, try the Priceline site for great deals on hotels.

How to have the perfect romantic staycation

5. Share the love – take your bridal party out for dinner

It’s important to remember how your wedding happened, and if you’re not really after the romantic dinner for two, why not spread the romantic net a bit further.

Your wedding party – your best man, maid of honour and all the bride’s maids and groomsmen – were the real bricks and mortar of your wedding. Take them all out for dinner somewhere to say thanks – or even get them all together round yours for a meal at home.

Extra tip:

Of course you can also go with tradition and buy a gift along the lines of what each year prescribes. Thinking outside these constructs can actually be quite fun, so get creative.

Here’s the list of traditional (USA and UK) and modern gift guidelines for each year up to 10 and some others:

1st anniversary
Paper or cotton – modern idea is: clocks

2nd anniversary
Cotton or paper – modern idea is: china

3rd anniversary
Leather – modern idea is: crystal or glass

4th anniversary
Silk or fruit – modern idea is: electrical appliances

5th anniversary
Wood – modern idea is: silverware

6th anniversary
Iron or sugar – modern idea is: wooden objects

7th anniversary
Copper or wool – modern idea is: desk sets and stationery

8th anniversary
Bronze or salt – modern idea is: linens and lace

9th anniversary
Pottery or copper – modern idea is: leather goods

10th anniversary
Aluminium or tin – modern idea is: diamond jewellery

15th anniversary
Crystal – modern idea is: watches

20th anniversary
China – modern idea is: platinum

25th anniversary

30th anniversary
Pearl – modern idea is: diamonds

40th anniversary

50th anniversary

Mr & Mrs Romance - celebrate your anniversary without it feeling fake

Do you have a favourite way of celebrating your anniversary? Are there any other tips you’d like to add to ours? Tell us in the comments!

Images by Mrs Romance.


  • Reply March 11, 2017

    Lydia C. Lee

    Cute ideas. The reason the 20th anniversary gift is china is because all your dinner sets given at your wedding a chipped and look terrible. Ours are…HA!

    • Reply March 12, 2017

      Mr Romance

      Ha ha! That’s an excellent point, Lydia! And makes perfect sense actually. Jx

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