First Anniversary Ideas: 7 Unique & Romantic Ways to Celebrate

Looking for ways to celebrate your first 365 days of wedded bliss?

Updated 10/30/19

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It may seem like just yesterday when you said "I do," but a whole year has passed—and now you're looking for first anniversary ideas to celebrate the special occasion. Traditionally, your one year wedding anniversary is the "paper" anniversary, meaning you're supposed to celebrate by giving each other paper-based gifts. While we love this notion, we also think there's nothing wrong with breaking with tradition by celebrating your first anniversary with a memorable experience instead.

Read on for seven ideas for what to do on your very first wedding anniversary—or any anniversary, for that matter (except for maybe that cake idea).

1. Go Back in Time

Ever wish you could relive your wedding day? (Only every day, right?) You can. Sort of. Go back in time and revisit the place where you said your vows. If you got married at a hotel, book a room for the evening. You can even ask for the bridal suite if there are no weddings booked. If you got married at a restaurant, go back for dinner and possibly even order items that were served at your wedding. Be sure to indulge in dessert, too, or head back home to have the top tier of your wedding cake if you've saved it.

2. Eat Your Wedding Cake in the Most Romantic Spot You Can Think Of

It's tradition to eat the top layer of your wedding cake on your first anniversary. Take that custom to the next level by finding the most romantic local spot you can think of to have your cake. Whether it's a moonlit beach or the park where you met, make it extra special by finding a place that means something to you.

3. Take a Second Honeymoon

Time flies when you're having fun. But if the rest, relaxation, and bliss of your honeymoon feel oh-so far away—get out of town. Literally. It doesn't have to be as grandiose as your honeymoon (but it totally can be); it just has to be time spent together and away, making memories as you kick off your second year of marriage and the rest of your lives together.

4. Get Glam and Have a Night Out on the Town

Chances are the last time you had your hair or makeup professionally done was your wedding day. (If not, we're jealous.) So, treat yourself and glam it up for the night. Make reservations at a fancy restaurant or buy tickets to a show for the perfect excuse (not that you need one) to look your best for a night on the town.

5. The Ultimate Night In

We're not talking the usual Friday night in with popcorn and wine. Think more along the lines of a luxurious and relaxing in-home massage treatment (services like Zeel will bring the spa to you), sexy lingerie, candles, music, and more. Ditch your usual takeout options and cook up your favorite meal together, or order in from your favorite upscale restaurant. You won't need to leave the house (or the bedroom) for an anniversary to remember.

6. Treat Yourself

Once your wallets have recovered from all the costs associated with wedding planning, treat yourselves to something special to help commemorate your anniversary. It can be a right-hand ring for you and the latest tech gadget for him, or something you can purchase together that will last forever, like a piece of art or an antique. This just might be the first time since you got married that you treat yourselves so relish the experience and know that you're worth it.

7. Get a Set of Couples Tattoos

Have you been considering getting couples tattoos? Your first anniversary is the perfect occasion to get matching ink. Choose tattoos of anything that means something special to the two of you.

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