By Rashim Nabanja
A wedding anniversary is that special day when your wedding took place. Couples around the world tend to celebrate these anniversaries as a way of reminding each other about the day their wedding took place. Aside from this, the aim of an anniversary is to celebrate the love and patience you have managed to have for each other since the day you got married.
Although most couples may choose to celebrate yearly, some decide to celebrate after every five years, 10 years and some even go up to 15 years but the point here is, how special can you make your anniversary?
Unless there are certain circumstances that may get in the way of being together as a couple on this special day, the best way to celebrate an anniversary is in each other’s arms. But does being together mean sitting at home all day doing nothing? Here are fun and exciting activities you can engage in to create a whole memorable day for each other.
This is the most common and easiest thing you can do for your anniversary as a couple. Getting your partner a gift will make them feel special and cared for. What makes it even better is if you choose to just surprise them. Gifts that are not expected are usually very much more appreciated and hit straight to the heart.
In case you are wondering what kind of gift you would give your partner, this should be the least of your worries. The fact that you have been with this person for a year or more, and with the love you share, it can’t be that hard for you to figure out what they would love and what they wouldn’t but in case things get hard, and you can’t figure it out, you can ask them indirectly. Bring it up as an ordinary conversation and ask them what they would love to have someday and then later brush it off.
Remember, it doesn’t have to be something very expensive as long as it makes them feel loved.
According to Alani Racheal, the relations manager at Gift Palace Uganda, one of the things that matter when it comes to these gifts is the time that you have spent together. Due to excitement, most people tend to put in a lot of effort in the first years of the anniversaries compared to when they have spent many years in marriage. However, whatever the case is, the most important thing is that the gift comes with love.
“The goal is to get your partner something you know she/he will treasure,” says Alani.
Dinner for two
Who would underestimate the power of a candlelight dinner at a beautiful restaurant, hotel or maybe even in the comfort of your home? You can decide to book a reservation for two at his or her favourite restaurant, ask him or her to dress up smartly and head out for a meal and intimate conversation. You can also decide to have it at the same place you first had your date just to spark up your romance.
In case you decide on pulling off the dinner at home, you can still make it lovely by preparing his/her favourite meal, making a beautiful setup with candles and flowers just to enjoy the moment together.
The effort and time put into it alone can be overwhelming for your lover.
Book a photoshoot
Photoshoots have become a trend now. People do pre-wedding shoots, after wedding shoots, birthday shoots so why not do it for your anniversary.
According to Alani, couples most times do photoshoots accompanying them to gift revealing, “Most people usually book a shoot if they are going to give their partner a special gift, and they would need to capture the moment and have a physical memory.”
In case you are planning to give your partner big things like a car, house, or any other thing that may be worth capturing on camera, book a professional photographer and live in the moment.
The reaction of your partner as you hand over a gift can be priceless and you wouldn’t want to miss out on capturing it.
Being that this is the day you need to treat yourself as a couple, you can decide to plan something extra special and escape town for a while. Shanita Namulindwa, a hairstylist by profession says she and her husband took a weekend vacation to Jinja for their 2 year wedding anniversary, “We didn’t celebrate the first anniversary so when we got the chance, we decided to plan something out of the ordinary.”
Namulindwa says they had first planned on going to Kenya but time couldn’t allow so they settled for Jinja, “We, however, didn’t regret, Jinja has amazing places worth visiting and its environment is just so relaxing, it makes you want to fall in love again.”
A road trip or vacation doesn’t mean you have to go somewhere very expensive. You can still stay in the country and just choose somewhere special, somewhere you have never been before. The other good thing about this is that you can decide on it earlier and make savings for it to happen.
Make the day memorable from home
Enjoying your anniversary doesn’t necessarily mean you have to get out of the house. You can decide to stay in and find ways of having a fun day with your partner. Starting with breakfast in bed isn’t a bad idea, it is actually the first step of sparking up the romance for the day. You can also spend the day taking a look at wedding pictures, watching wedding videos, reminiscing about old times, preparing lunch together, all these things may sound simple but they count.
Try to also get creative and put up a romantic setting and in case you have children, you can send them off for a sleepover to a friend’s house or a relative’s house that you trust so that you can have some alone time. You can also decide to have them around and celebrate the joyful day with the fruits resulting from your love.
There are however cases when your anniversary can happen and you either have a tight schedule to celebrate it, or you are miles apart. This doesn’t mean you should skip it for another year. You can postpone it and choose a moment when you will both be available for each other. A moment that happens once in a while isn’t worth skipping.