So you and your significant other have made it to yet another anniversary. Whether you’ve reached the five-year or 20-year mark, congratulations are in order.
Time flies when you are with the right person, and before you know it, you’ve been together for years. If you have been with your partner for more than a few years, then your anniversary celebrations might have gone a bit stale.
Perhaps every year you go out for dinner and drinks, or maybe you go to the same hotel each year? Maybe you rarely celebrate your anniversary because of money – it isn’t exactly, affordable to spend a weekend in a hotel, is it?
Whether a lack of money or creativity is the problem, we have come up with some fantastic ideas for celebrating your anniversary in style. Believe it or not, by celebrating one of our ideas, you can have a romantic and affordable anniversary.
Here is our guide to eight romantic and affordable ideas for celebrating your anniversary in style:
- Go on your first date, again
Instead of just going to any old restaurant, a great way to celebrate your anniversary is by reliving your very first date. Whether you went for a fancy meal, watched a movie, or just went for drinks, recreating your first night together is a great way to celebrate.
If you have moved away from where you used to live, or where you had your first date has closed down, that doesn’t mean that you can’t relive it. Plan a ‘date’ doing exactly, what you did on your first night together – go for a meal, watch a movie – do whatever it was that your first date consisted of.
- Have a moonlight picnic
If you are lucky enough to have a large garden or live near a park, a great way to celebrate your anniversary is with a moonlight picnic. Grab a rug and some blankets, fill a hamper with lots of delicious treats – don’t forget the champagne, and have a picnic under the stars.
To make things even more romantic, why not dot candles around? Or, if you are in a park that doesn’t allow open flames, you could always use battery operated tea lights.
- Take a trip together
I know that I said that trips are far too expensive if you are on a budget, but if you are smart about it, you can plan a romantic getaway on the cheap. Even if you only go away for a couple of nights, it’s nice to get away and spend some quality time together.
The key to planning a short break on a budget is not to book a hotel, instead opt for self-catered accommodation. You will also find that by booking a break during the week, instead of at the weekend, you can save money. If you want to find some affordable accommodation, browse online and look at various discount sites, to find all the best deals.
- Try something new together
If you always do the same thing to celebrate your anniversary, this year agree to do something new. Instead of going out for dinner, perhaps you could plan something entirely different, like going on an experience day?
Over the past few years, experience days have become incredibly popular gifts for men and women, alike. They are fun, exciting, and enjoyable, and best of all, they don’t have to break the bank. While you will find that some experience days are more expensive than others, you can find some amazing deals online. So even if you are on a tight budget, an experience day is still a great way to celebrate your anniversary.
- Have a romantic meal at home
If money is really tight, but you want to find a way to celebrate your special day, why not plan a romantic meal at home? You and your partner could each take on different courses and spend the evening cooking together.
It might not be the same as eating out in a fancy restaurant, but you’ll have a lot more fun cooking together. Open a bottle of wine, pop some tunes on and spend the evening cooking and eating together – this is a lovely way to celebrate.
- Go on a day trip
If you can’t afford to go for a few days away, why not plan a day trip instead? Is there somewhere that you love visiting but never have the time to go to?
Maybe you love the beach but live too far away to visit regularly? Or perhaps you and your partner love visiting old ruins, but don’t live close to any? Whatever types of things you and your partner enjoy doing, why not plan a day trip to do them?
Day trips are a great way to celebrate as they give you the chance to get away and spend some quality time together, without the cost of staying anywhere.
- Just spend the day together
Book the day off of work, turn off your smartphones, and spend the day together, just the two of you. Don’t take phone calls, read emails or go on social media, spend the whole day together, without any distractions.
Take a walk together, relax in bed, watch movies, just be together. We get so tied up with our lives that we rarely get the chance to spend any quality time with our partners. That’s why it’s important to take full advantage of your anniversary and spend some quality time together.
- Have a spa day
Now, you might think that spa days are expensive, but they don’t have to be. If you have a look online, you should be able to find lots of deals and discounts for local spas. Sites like Groupon and Wowcher are amazing for deals, so make sure to check these out.
If you can’t afford to stretch as far as a spa day, you could always have your own spa day at home. All you need is moisturisers, massage oils, candles, and, of course, a bottle of champagne, and you can have an amazing home spa day.
When it comes to celebrating your anniversary, it’s easy to let money or a busy schedule stop you from celebrating in style. However, with these affordable and fun ideas, you can celebrate your anniversary in style, no matter how big your budget is.