There’s no way I’d be where I am today if it wasn’t for my loving, supportive husband, Tom. Today is our seventh wedding anniversary. In light of this, I’m sharing 7 low key and low cost ways to celebrate your wedding anniversary. When my husband and I get each other gifts we tend to go big. However, we don’t celebrate all occasions with gifts. Most of our wedding anniversaries have been spent apart due to work so we focus more on acknowledging our anniversary through small things.
1. Make a Nice Dinner on the Weekend
Weeknights are insane for us. We don’t have time for a weeknight date so plan to prepare a nice dinner on the closest Saturday or Sunday. Yesterday we enjoyed a nice BBQ’d meal with our daughter. The dinner was ribs, corn on the cob, asparagus, and french bread. The meal is far from fancy, but we both love ribs and rarely find the time to make them.
2. Go for an Evening Stroll
You can do this with your spouse or bring the kids along for a walk in your neighbourhood. You can get your kids’ scooters, bikes, strollers, and all head out for an evening stroll.
3. Enjoy a Dessert Together
I’m guilty of falling into the sofa with an ice cream bar and watching one of our Netflix shows. Instead of putting on the television, enjoy your dessert just the two of you. We have a small front porch and summer evenings are the perfect time for us to sit on it and catch up on each others day. Tonight you’ll find us sitting on the patio indulging in ice cream and sharing a laugh.
4. Swap Household Chores
While this doesn’t scream romance, it does show that you care. My husband always cleans the kitchen while I go and water the plants and run a load of laundry. Switching up the housework, which needs to get done, anniversary or not, can be a small, subtle act of kindness.
5. Cut Back & Relax
My husband and I are normally busy doing yardwork or more stringent house cleaning while our daughter naps on weekends. Give yourself permission to cut back on the bigger tasks. Number 4 above reflects on the housework that can’t be skipped, but this is the stuff that is nice to do, but not necessary to be done (e.g., dusting the blinds, scrubbing the shower tiles, weeding the back garden that nobody can see). On Sunday we napped while the toddler napped and my body is thanking me for that extra bit of sleep.
6. Send a Thoughtful Text
I’m sure you’re texting your spouse throughout the day, but this text should be one that’s more thoughtful. Think of something small that your spouse did and send them a text thanking them. Or sneak a chocolate bar into their lunch bag and text them to see if they found it yet.
7. Renew Your Vows… while folding socks
I’m not a sappy person so a vow renewal has almost zero chance in my future. That said, I believe in my wedding vows and take care in honouring them. Reflect on your vows and how you chose a vow and not a promise that can be easily broken. You can do this without putting on your wedding gown and inviting people over to witness it. Tonight we’ll renew our vows as we fold the never ending pile of laundry.