Whether you’re celebrating your first wedding anniversary together or you’ve spent decades as a married couple, each anniversary is an important milestone. While the wedding is a huge occasion, it can often pass by in a blur and you find yourself forgetting those little details that really made it perfect for you as a couple, so why not bring those memories back to life by reliving that big day with our 7 wedding anniversary ideas.
Weddings are made up of so many different aspects that there is a huge range of things you can do to bring back those moments and wedding anniversary meanings. If you’re looking for ways to give your modern wedding anniversary plans a twist that’s tied to the moment you said, ‘I do’, we’ve got seven great ideas to get you started.
1. Look back through albums and replay the video
One of the easiest ways to bring back the wedding vibes is to look through your album or spend some time together watching the wedding video if you have one. It’ll act as a spark for all those memories that you’d forgotten about while giving you plenty to chat and reminisce about. If you’re feeling creative, you could even try giving the trend for recreating your photos a go. The end results will show how far you’ve come as a couple and you can incorporate children, friends, or pets that have joined the family since. Displayed side by side, they’ll give a quick snapshot of your relationships.
2. Get out the wedding items you’ve kept
From the beautiful wedding dress to the ceremony running order, you’re likely to have a few items from your wedding day stored away somewhere. But they’re probably stuck in a box under the bed or in the loft – they deserve some time out and appreciation. Your anniversary celebrations are the perfect time to recall the true meaning of your wedding anniversary by looking at those pressed flowers you saved from your bouquet, admire the hairpiece that you wore, or look over the reception invite you kept as a reminder.
3. Decorate with details reminiscent of the wedding
Are you planning an anniversary party? Or maybe you just want a quiet evening in as a couple? Either way, the decorations of your wedding can bring back a flood of happy memories. It can be as simple as having flowers from your big day in a vase on the table or a few carefully chosen accents in your colour scheme. Alternatively, if you’re planning a large event, why not go all out and capture your big day with the decorations you chose the first time around.
4. Use the anniversary edition of Recordalove by Recordalife
The anniversary edition of Recordalove was designed for occasions like these. Oral history experts Recordalife will set you on the right path for remembering and talking about your wedding day, with a hardback book and audio file of the interview when completed, it’s something you can return to again and again, including on the many anniversaries you’ll celebrate in the future. You can set the focus of the interview too, whether you just want to focus on the wedding day itself, the lead up to the big event, or the whole of your relationship journey.
5. Put on the tunes you danced the night away to
Music is a powerful reminder. Creating a playlist of the music you danced all night to is a simple way to relive your wedding day. Of course, right at the top of the playlist should be the song you had your first dance to, it’s the perfect way to set the mood and follow-up with the tunes you remember your family and friends hitting the dance floor to. If your anniversary celebrations involve a party or getting loved ones to visit, it’s a great way to liven up the atmosphere.
6. Cook up your wedding dishes
If you’re a couple that loves food – why not cook up the dishes that you enjoyed during your wedding breakfast or evening buffet. Whether you opted for a formal meal or trendy street food, you can have a lot of fun in the kitchen recreating the first meal you had as a couple. If cooking isn’t your thing, try booking a table at a romantic restaurant with the dishes you chose for your wedding day.
7. Ask family and friends for their memories
With so much going on during your wedding day, you’re likely to have missed out on a few of the antics. Get your wedding guests to fill in those gaps by asking them to write down the memories of your day, whether it’s a funny anecdote, their favourite part of the day, or something entirely different. You might even end up with a few stories you’ve never heard before.
Do you have any wedding anniversary ideas, traditions or celebrations that bring back those wedding memories? We’d love to hear about them.