5 Ways to Celebrate Your Wedding Anniversary

Valentine Couple in love showing Heart with their fingers

Valentine Couple in love showing Heart with their fingers


The big day is here. Your anniversary! Whether you have enjoyed a year, five years, or 50 years together, anniversaries are a wonderful reason to celebrate your love and your marriage.

Your anniversary might fall in the middle of the week while you and your spouse are working, or around the holidays. But even if there are other “important” things going on, your relationship deserves special attention and celebration.

Not sure how to make this year stand out from all the years before? We have a few suggestions for ways to celebrate that both of you will love.

Relive Your First Date. Go back to the place that started it all. Relive your first date with your spouse. It’s an amazing way to travel back in time and feel the rush and excitement from when your relationship first began. Get those butterflies going again!

Explore a New Vacation Destination. Anniversaries celebrate a new year of growing and building your relationship. Kick off this milestone with a vacation to a place you and your spouse have never been. Take a cruise to an exciting island. Or drive across the country. If you don’t want to go too far, find a bed and breakfast in a part of the state – or even city! – that you’ve never gotten around to visiting. Maybe you’ll “just” find a new coffee shop or jewelry store. But taking the trip together will help to bolster your connection, expand your horizons, and prepare you for everything that’s ahead in the coming year.

Have a Handmade Gift Exchange. Take this time to create something new for your spouse. Exchange gifts, but with a twist – they have to be handmade. Even if you are not crafty, you can find a way to put your personality and your love into a gift and create something entirely new for a new year with your spouse.

Enjoy the Day with Family. Together, you have created a beautiful home and a loving family. Celebrate your achievements with a family reunion. Your children and grandchildren will be happy to celebrate with you, and you can reflect on all the beautiful memories your marriage has created.

Recap The Past Year. Don’t have time for a big event? Stay in and take the day to reflect. Celebrate the highlights of your past year, the memories you’ve made, and the lessons you’ve learned. Did you find a new restaurant you both love? Find a new movie or TV show to watch over and over? Did any roadblocks, or milestones, teach you about your spouse and your relationship?

In general, this is also a great day to discuss how you and your partner grew over the past year. To keep this tradition going, make goals for your relationship to look at on your next anniversary.

As the years go on, you may feel like you don’t know how to bring new lessons and excitement to your marriage. For building blocks and relationship counseling, consider giving the Delaware Relationship Center a call.

Walt Ciecko, Ph. D., BCB
605 Wynyard Rd
Wilmington, DE 19803