Your first anniversary is the perfect opportunity to carve out another tradition or two as husband and wife.

I remember not having a clue as to what to do for my own first anniversary, though. While my hubby always means well, he’s very not-into-details and wasn’t exactly born with a romantic side, so the planning was pretty much up to me. Since I was incredibly busy (and so was he), we simply booked a condo for a week at a stateside beach. Little did I know, we were missing out on making great memories together back home!

With memories of your wedding bash still relatively fresh on your mind, anything you do for your first anniversary may seem a little ho-hum. It doesn’t have to be, though. Here are five lovely, simple, and relatively inexpensive ways to celebrate and possibly even start a new tradition for future wedding anniversaries!

Bride cries during speech at wedding, photographed by Katherine Birkbeck Photography. || The Pink Bride

1. Call up your wedding photographer for a photo session.

I’m all about finding a photographer ready and willing to capture your love story even long after the wedding day. With that in mind, what better way to document each year together than with a professional photo session by the photographer who captured the beginning of your lives together? Seriously, it’s worth both the time and money.

This is especially true if you’ve added a new family member to the clan or moved to your first house within the year. Any life change is the perfect opportunity to celebrate with pictures, in my opinion.

Couple laughs while laying in field at sunset, photographed by Katherine Birkbeck Photography. || The Pink Bride

2. Order two servings of the meal you had at your wedding from your caterer for a candlelight dinner at home.

I didn’t even consider this idea until long after my first anniversary, but I adore the possibility. I hardly remember getting to eat at my wedding. My full-time jobs were being hugged and dancing – something many newlyweds can attest to. Being able to savor the exact same meal one year later on the anniversary would be a divine tribute to both the memory of the wedding and the year spent as newlyweds.

Also consider cutting the cake from your top tier for dessert!

Plate of food at wedding, photographed by Katherine Birkbeck Photography. || The Pink Bride

3. Revisit your reception site for a quick encore of your first dance.

This is such a sweet opportunity to consider. Give your venue manager a ring and see if the space will be free for 10 minutes or so during the day. You may even consider taking your photographer along for the ride to snap a few super-cute images.

Afterwards, it’d be fun to watch yourselves perform that first dance via your wedding video.

Couple dances in park setting, photographed by Katherine Birkbeck Photography. || The Pink Bride

4. Book a room at the place you spent your wedding night, and order room service!

Set the tone for romance, reflection, and genuine, undivided attention by secluding yourselves in your wedding night suite for your anniversary. Order room service, and voila! You’ve got an immediately memorable, meaningful occasion that takes very little planning effort.

Wedding dress hanging from balcony at wedding, photographed by Katherine Birkbeck Photography. || The Pink Bride

5. Make a mini time capsule to open on your second anniversary.

You likely know by now that I’m a pretty big fan of creating time capsules. Write about what you loved within the first year, what surprised you, and where you hope to be on that day next year. If he’s not big on writing it, just ask him to talk to you about it all. You can record what he says on a little piece of paper and tuck it away safely for next year. I love the idea of including a bottle of champagne or sparkling cider in a box with the letters so you two can celebrate while you open them!

Bride reads letter from groom at wedding, photographed by Katherine Birkbeck Photography. || The Pink Bride




What sweet ideas do you have for your first wedding anniversary?

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Images courtesy of premier Knoxville wedding photography company, Katherine Birkbeck Photography.