Romantic Anniversary Ideas

The right romantic anniversary ideas can turn a regular day into an extraordinary event. While not all couples celebrate every milestone in their relationship (first date, first kiss, first getaway together, etc.), most people celebrate their wedding anniversary (or their relationship anniversary if they aren’t married)… and you could get in big trouble if you forget!

Whether you have been together for a year or 5 decades, it’s still very important to respect that milestone and take the time to thank your partner for sticking with you through all the good and bad. An anniversary is the perfect occasion to reminisce on the good and great times you’ve had since you first met.

Romantic Ideas for Anniversaries

In order to come up with the perfect romantic idea for your next anniversary, you should remember how it all started between you and your partner. You could choose to re-create an event in your past. Here are a few options:

  • Relive your first date. It will be a LOT better now without the added stress of meeting someone for the first time! If possible, go to the exact same restaurant, coffee shop, movie theater, etc. and recreate the event down to the very last detail. This blast from the past will be a welcomed surprise!
  • If you are celebrating an important milestone (25-year wedding anniversary for example), consider re-writing your romantic wedding vows. You can even go as far as re-creating your wedding ceremony if you want!
I’ve met a lot of gorgeous women in my life,

But it was you who touched my heart.

On May 4, 1991 I asked you to be my wife,

And I’m so grateful you took the part.

Your love makes me eager to live.

Every second and every minute for you I will give.

Today I stand here asking for your hand once more,

Please spend the next twenty years with me mi amor.

  • Why not take a holiday and have a second honeymoon? Pick the same destination and repeat it all over again! Alternatively, you could pick a totally different destination and create new memories. Imagine the look on your partner’s face when you give her/him an envelope with two plane tickets and a hotel voucher for your second honeymoon!

Romantic Gifts for Guys and Gals

You can choose to stick to the traditional anniversary presents or make up your own romantic gifts to celebrate your next wedding anniversary. According to the traditional list, the first anniversary gift should be “paper”. You could extend the definition of paper to a scrapbook filled with pictures. The modern list states ” Clocks”, which aren’t really romantic… unless you give her an engraved watch.

A romantic first anniversary gift could also be lingerie. You don’t have to limit yourself to the official list when coming up with your own romantic anniversary ideas! Here are the official traditional and modern lists for anniversaries:

Year Traditional Modern
1 Paper Clocks
2 Cotton China
3 Leather Crystal or Glass
4 Fruit or Flowers Appliances
5 Wood Silver or Silverware
6 Candy or Iron Wood
7 Wood or Copper Desk sets
8 Bronze or Pottery Lace or Linen
9 Pottery or Willow Leather
10 Tin or Aluminum Diamond Jewelry
11 Steel Fashion Jewelry
12 Silk or Linen Pearls
13 Lace Textiles or Furs
14 Ivory Gold Jewelry
15 Crystal Watches
20 China Platinum
25 Silver Silver
30 Pearl Diamonds or Pearls
35 Coral Jade
40 Ruby Ruby
45 Sapphire Sapphire
50 Gold Gold
55 Emerald Emerald
60 Diamond Diamond

More Romantic Anniversary Ideas

If you are looking for more romantic anniversary ideas, I recommend buying a set of champagne flutes with your names and wedding dates engraved on them. Take them out on your anniversary date and drink from them every year.