Hello! It’s been awhile since we’ve talked about anniversary ideas, and with Alan & I’s first anniversary as a married couple coming up this summer, I need to start some brainstorming!
I’m fascinated by the idea that there are traditional anniversary gift themes. For example, first year anniversary theme is paper, second is cotton, third is leather, fourth is fruit and flowers, fifth is wood, and so on and so forth. I think paper may be my favorite one- there are so many creative ideas you could come up with of ways to create something or give something paper to your spouse. Here are a few paper ideas…
1 – Custom Portrait Print from Rifle Paper Co.. This would make a sweet gift that you could frame and hang somewhere in the house for you both to see everyday.
2 – Buy him or her tickets to something he or she would love to see- a concert, a baseball game. Just make sure it’s something that he or she likes just as much or even more than you do! It’s the thought behind it that counts! image source
3 – Frame your wedding vows. A great way to capture the essence of your marriage and your promises and intentions. You could frame the actual paper you wrote them on, or re-write them. Although I kind of like the original paper look. image source
4 – Feeling creative and have some time on your hands? Fold 1,000 paper cranes and hang them up or give them to your spouse. In Japanese folklore, if you folded 1,000 origami paper cranes, you would receive one wish. It is also common for couples to build 1,000 paper cranes before their wedding to represent understanding, patience, and time (we could all stand for a little more patience and understanding in our marriages I think). How amazing would it be to walk into a room full of paper cranes made just for you! image source
5 – Ultimate romantic gesture? A handwritten love letter. Easy and loved by all, no matter what your handwriting looks like. However if you want to take it an extra step, you can pay a calligrapher to scribe you letter into beautiful work of art. You can find calligraphers that do custom work on Etsy, like this one. image source
Do you have any good first anniversary ideas? I’d LOVE to hear them!