14 Cheap, Creative Anniversary Date Ideas and Dating Ideas

Whether you’re a couple celebrating your 1 year dating anniversary or a married couple approaching your first wedding anniversary, you can use this list of creative anniversary date ideas to find the perfect way to celebrate your special day. With everything from romantic, outdoor date ideas to creative date ideas to inexpensive date ideas, you’re bound to find the perfect way to commemorate your 1 year anniversary.

After All These Years Anniversary Greeting Card by PurpleTrail.com
After All These Years Anniversary Greeting Card by PurpleTrail.com

Anniversary Date Ideas: Outdoor Date Ideas

1 Year Dating Anniversary Ideas: Outdoor Date Ideas

On your 1 year dating anniversary, celebrate a bountiful year of love, memories, and growth with a romantic day trip and picnic at a nearby orchard. Spend the morning exploring the grounds. At sunset, find a romantic spot with a view to unpack your picnic and toast to 1 year of bliss. If your 1 year dating anniversary takes place in winter, celebrate at a Christmas tree farm instead.

1 Year Dating Anniversary Ideas — Visit An Orchard

If you have a summer, spring or fall 1 year dating anniversary, consider celebrating at a nearby orchard. Whether you visit in the spring when the trees are in full bloom or fall when they’re ready for harvest, you’re bound to have a memorable, romantic experience.

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Couple holding hands in a cherry orchard.

1 Year Dating Anniversary Ideas — Visit A Christmas Tree Farm

Celebrate your 1 year dating anniversary or 1 year wedding anniversary at your local Christmas tree farm. In addition to embracing the spirit of Christmas, beautiful winter weather, and the thrill of hunting for the perfect tree, and cutting it down by hand, the two of you can also enjoy hot beverages, wagon rides, and family-friendly entertainment.

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Couple picking out their Christmas tree in a tree farm.

1 Year Wedding Anniversary Ideas: Outdoor Date Ideas

Commemorate your 1 year wedding anniversary with flocks of flowers, a picnic, and amazing chromatic views at a nearby flower field. Whether it’s a field of tulips or a field of sunflowers, lavender, or poppies, your visit will make for an unforgettable day. For a winter outdoor anniversary date, plan a romantic horse drawn sleigh ride through the snow. Learn more about these outdoor date ideas below.

1 Year Wedding Anniversary Date Ideas — Horse Drawn Sleigh Ride

Bundle up with warm winter gear and commemorate your 1 year wedding anniversary with a private horse-drawn sleigh ride. Enjoy complimentary hot cocoa and quilts and cozy-up to your spouse as the two of you glide through rustic winter scenery. Check with farms, orchards, and other businesses in your area for more on this romantic outdoor anniversary date idea.

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Couple on a horse-drawn sleigh.

1 Year Wedding Anniversary Date Ideas — Visit A Flower Field

Romance your spouse with a visit to one of the many flower farms scattered across America and bask in the beauty of acres upon acres of fragrant blossoms on your 1 year wedding anniversary. If you’re short on cash, track down a field of wild flowers to enjoy instead. Check out this list of America’s 10 Best Spots for Seeing Wildflowers for ideas on where to go.

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Colorful field of tulips.

Anniversary Date Ideas: Creative Date Ideas

1 Year Dating Anniversary Ideas: Creative Date Ideas

Celebrate your 1 year dating anniversary at a cool hotel, lodge, or inn. Instead of staying somewhere mundane, plan a creative anniversary date at one of the lodging suggestions below. If that’s not for you, embrace your 1 year dating anniversary with a picnic beneath the night sky watching a meteor shower. Learn more about these creative date ideas below.

1 Year Dating Anniversary Idea — Stay Somewhere Romantic

Rent a room at a bed and breakfast, historic hotel, or boutique hotel for a pleasant, romantic 1 year anniversary date. For a more unique experience, stay at a haunted hotel, tree house haven, or train-station-turned inn instead. Learn more about each by following the links provided. Check online for more unique places to spend your 1 year dating anniversary.

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Stanley Hotel.

1 Year Dating Anniversary Idea — Meteor Shower, Night Picnic

For a creative summer anniversary date, find a list of upcoming meteor showers online. Then plan a night picnic, complete with snacks, wine, blankets, and binoculars, and celebrate your 1 year dating anniversary watching meteors collide with Earth’s atmosphere. Visit JPL.nasa.gov for tips viewing meteor showers.

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2012 Perseids Meteor Shower. Star Trails Over Bunny Flat, California.

1 Year Wedding Anniversary Ideas: Creative Date Ideas

Fine dining, gifts, and flowers are nice, but the creative date ideas below will knock your spouse of their feet.

1 Year Wedding Anniversary Date Ideas — Travel By Boat or Train

A great way to put a creative twist on an ordinary trip is to travel by train or boat. Whether you take a modest ferry ride to a neighboring island or plan a train trip to a neighboring state, the experience is bound to make for a romantic, unforgettable trip. You and your spouse will be exposed to beautiful views you couldn’t see traveling any other way. Plus, the two of you can relax and enjoy each other’s company throughout your leisurely journey.

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Glacier Express.

1 Year Wedding Anniversary Date Ideas — Attend A Unique Festival

Celebrate your 1 year wedding anniversary by attending a renowned festival. From the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta to the Chicago Blues Festival and Comic Con International, there are a lot of great mass-celebrations to choose from. Find one that’s happening near your 1 year wedding anniversary on Fest300.com.

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Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta. Photo Courtesy of Michael E Halstead via Shutterstock.com.

Anniversary Date Ideas: Inexpensive Date Ideas

1 Year Dating Anniversary Ideas: Inexpensive Date Ideas

Celebrating a 1 year dating anniversary at a national park is the perfect inexpensive date idea for nature-loving couples. Beyond granting access to spectacular views, historical landmarks, and endless natural beauty, they are also very affordable, costing only $25 to enter in the summer and $15 in the winter.

Volunteering at a music festival is another cheap 1 year dating anniversary idea that will make your special day unforgettable. Check online for a list of festivals in your area that need volunteers. Make sure to do so as early as possible, because spots fill up fast.  Learn more about each of these cheap 1 year dating anniversary ideas below.

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Couple sitting on top of a mountain over Jordan Pond lake in Acadia National Park.

1 Year Dating Anniversary Idea — Visit A National Park

From hiking and camping to sightseeing and stargazing, there’s plenty of fun for cheap at any of America’s 58 national parks — click on the link provided for a complete list. Find one near you and celebrate your 1 year dating anniversary enveloped in spectacular natural vistas. Check out this list of 7 U.S. National Parks You Didn’t Know You Needed To See for more inspiration on where to go.

1 Year Dating Anniversary Idea — Volunteer At A Music Festival

This may not sound like the most exciting way to celebrate your 1 year dating anniversary, but volunteering is rewarding in many ways. It’s helpful to others and can make for an unforgettable experience. Plus, sometimes it grants you access to events, food, or things you’d otherwise have to pay for.

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Farmer’s market.

If the two of you love music, consider volunteering at a music festival like Bumper Shoot, Bonnaroo, Byron Bay Blues Festival, or even Coachella. If you don’t live near any of these, travel to one on the cheap by bus and campout once you get there. A trip and weekend-long stay will make for an unforgettable 1 year dating anniversary. Find more music festivals you can volunteer at in this Volunteer At Coachella 2015 (And Other Festivals That Trade Tickets For Help) post.

In addition to music festivals, you can also turn a volunteer opportunity at a farmers market, national park, or even humane society into a free anniversary date.

1 Year Wedding Anniversary Ideas: Inexpensive Date Ideas

Although your 1 year wedding anniversary is an exciting landmark, you don’t have to break the bank celebrating it. Rather than throwing money away on dinner, drinks, and gifts, make your 1 year wedding anniversary memorable by participating in a marathon or 5K. For a less sporty anniversary date, hold a potluck and celebrate with friends.

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Unidentified marathon athletes competing in fitness and healthy active lifestyle feet on road.

1 Year Wedding Anniversary Date Ideas — Run A Marathon, 5K Together

The two of you have been learning to support and encourage each other over the past year, so why not put what you’ve learned to use training for and participating in a marathon in honor of your 1 year anniversary. This inexpensive anniversary date idea is a great way for couples to improve  health and their relationship, since they can bond over this new experience and spend more together training. Search online for marathons you and your spouse can register for several months before your anniversary — so you both have time to train.

1 Year Wedding Anniversary Date Ideas — Hold A Potluck

Celebrate your 1 year wedding anniversary with good food and good people by holding a potluck at home. Gather guests with cheap, customizable anniversary invitations from PurpleTrail.com. Ask friends and family to bring a dish to pass. Keep decorations and entertainment to a minimum. And, use these Budget-Friendly Anniversary Party Ideas to plan an affordable, fun potluck celebration in honor of your 1 year wedding anniversary.

Hopefully you found these 1 year dating anniversary ideas and 1 year wedding anniversary date ideas inspiring! For custom anniversary cards check out our collection at PurpleTrail.com.

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