One Year Anniversary Ideas — Fun, Creative, & Meaningful

one year anniversary ideas

Are you in search of the perfect way to celebrate your one year wedding anniversary? Get inspired with these creative and fun one year anniversary ideas.

one year anniversary ideas

One Year Anniversary Ideas: Plan a Party

A great way to celebrate your one year anniversary is with an anniversary party with all of your friends and family. You can do a casual barbecue, dinner at your favorite restaurant, or a large bash somewhere special. For anniversary party ideas and tips, take a peek at our Anniversary Party Guide and Budget-Friendly Anniversary Ideas posts.

One Year Anniversary Ideas: Take a Trip

Taking a romantic trip for two is a great way to celebrate your one year anniversary. Consider traveling to a destination you’ve always wanted to see or keep things on the affordable side by taking a camping trip at a nearby nature reserve. Whichever you choose, the trip will give the two of time to relax, reflect on the past year, and work on plans for your future. Take a look at this 6 Romantic US Anniversary Trip Destinations post for traveling tips and inspiration.

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One Year Anniversary Ideas: Exchange Gifts

Show your partner how much they mean to you with a nice anniversary present. You can go the expensive route and shower your significant other with jewelry, electronics, or maybe a nice piece of furniture, or the affordable — yet just as meaningful — route  and make your significant other one of this creative DIY Anniversary Gifts.

One Year Anniversary Ideas: Reminisce

Watch your wedding video, reenact your first date, or review photos from your wedding. These will all be sure to bring back a flood of great memories. You can even create a photo book or scrap book including your favorite photos and memories the two of you have shared. Give the book to your partner as a gift. Tie this one year anniversary idea in with one of the others on this list!

one year anniversary ideas

One Year Anniversary Ideas: Cook Together

This option will not only save you money, but also give the two of you some quality time alone. You can cook an extravagant meal, something you’ve never made before, or a classic dish you’ve cooked a thousand times — it’s up to you! After you’re finished cooking, create a romantic atmosphere with candles, fine china, and a meaningful soundtrack. After dinner, reflect on the past year. You can also use this time to make future goals and plans and discuss where you see yourselves in the future.

One Year Anniversary Ideas: Start a Garden

Fresh cut flowers are nice, but actually planting and taking care of  flowers in a garden is much more rewarding. It can also be a wonderful bonding experience for couples. If you and your partner have a green thumb and the weather is right, consider building a garden together on your one year anniversary.

one year anniversary ideas

One Year Anniversary Ideas: Go Out to Eat

If you can afford it, celebrate your on year anniversary by going out to eat at your favorite expensive restaurant. Get dressed up, so you look and feel great! Let the restaurant know ahead of time that it’s your anniversary, maybe they can arrange something special. Order a bottle of champagne along with something delicious and toast to your first year of marriage.

One Year Anniversary Ideas: Take a Class

Is there something you’ve always wanted to learn how to do? Or maybe there’s something you would like to improve. Whether you want to learn how to tango, speak French, or maybe lose some post-wedding weight, taking a class is a great means of  doing so, and there’s no better time to start than your one year anniversary. You can even purchase the class as a gift to your spouse.

one year anniversary ideas

One Year Anniversary Ideas: Take a Tour

Depending on where you live, chocolate factories, breweries, museums, vineyards, capitol buildings, and even cheese factories can be toured. Ghost tours and city tours can also be fun and a little romantic. Check to see what tours are available in your area and see if there are any that pique you and your spouse’s interests.

One Year Anniversary Ideas: Plan a Picnic

Is there a park, beach, or place that holds a lot of meaning to you and your spouse? Maybe a place you spent a lot of time when you first started seeing each other? If so, prepare a picnic, complete with a sandwiches, wine, and a blanket (a few candles also wouldn’t hurt for atmosphere!), and set up at a meaningful spot. Try setting up at evening so you can watch the sunset and maybe even stay till dark to watch the stars.

Hopefully these one year anniversary ideas have left you feeling inspired! Do you have any fun one year anniversary ideas we failed to mentioned here? Please share them with us via the comment section below! Congratulations and have fun celebrating your one year anniversary!

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