Five ways to revisit your wedding day on your anniversary

21 Aug 2019

With so many special memories of your wedding day, you'll want to remember and celebrate it for years to come

Image: Juliet Furst Ysdum via Unsplash

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The culmination of months if not years of meticulous planning, your wedding day will be the biggest event you've ever organised. Yet when the day is over and the thank you cards sent out, you'll be left with just the memories to look back on.

That's why it's important that your special day is remembered at any given opportunity, and your anniversary is the perfect chance to celebrate. While it's customary to go for dinner at a fancy restaurant and give gifts which mark the anniversary milestone, there are several ways your wedding can be incorporated into the proceedings. Here are five ways you can reflect on your wedding day each year. 

1. Pay a visit to your wedding venue

One of the most popular ways to revisit your wedding day is to book a night's stay or go for dinner at your wedding venue. Many wedding venues even offer their couples celebrating their first anniversary a discount on their stay. If staying overnight, request to stay in the bridal suite or the room you stayed on your wedding night and allow all the happy memories to come flooding back. 

However, for some couples this might not be possible as Francesca Cribb, marketing & communications manager for Bijou Wedding Venues, explains: "If you chose to get married at an exclusive-use wedding venue, chances are you won’t be able to re-visit on your first anniversary or in the future, as couples would also have booked the venue on an exclusive use basis just like you did."

"However, to reminisce, why not celebrate your first wedding anniversary by sitting down with bowl of popcorn or your favourite dessert and watch your wedding video and/or a slideshow of your wedding pictures? All of your wedding memories will come flooding back and you won’t believe how fast the past year would have flown. You never know, you might even want to make this an annual anniversary tradition."

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2. Give your other half a wedding-inspired gift

Gifts are the perfect way to pay homage to your big day and with various options available online and on the high street, you'll be spoilt for choice. Personalisation is key, so consider having your first dance song, ceremony music or reading printed and framed, or a photo album of your wedding day compiled.

You can even use the senses to transport one another back to the day by buying the bride the same bouquet she carried down the aisle, or the same wedding perfume or aftershave he/she wore. 

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3. Eat a slice of wedding cake

The top tier of a wedding cake is traditionally saved for the happy couple's first anniversary, so don't forget to defrost it in time. To prepare yourself, here are some guidelines on how to preserve your wedding cake.

If you didn't save the top tier of your wedding cake, you could ask your wedding cake maker to replicate the top tier with the same design and flavours inside...the perfect way to remember just how delicious your wedding cake really was. 

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Image: Jason Leung via Unsplash

4. Recreate your wedding menu

If you enjoy cooking, why not recreate your wedding breakfast menu for your other half? Ask your venue or caterers for the menu you chose, if you can't remember, along with the wine choices and treat your husband or wife to a culinary feast to reminisce over. 

You could even set up your table at home in the same way as your wedding tables with place cards, a centrepiece, cutlery, glassware and crockery to match. 

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Image: Sam Moqadam via Unsplash

5. Recite or renew your wedding vows

For those celebrating their first few years of anniversaries, you could simply recite your vows to one another and remind yourselves of the promises you made. 

A few years down the line, when your wedding is but a distant memory, consider renewing your vows and reaffirming your love and commitment to one another. You could use the same vows you exchanged on your wedding day and/or the same venue as your wedding ceremony or reception, revisiting treasured moments when you first said "I do". 

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Image: Akemy Mory via Unsplash

Did you find a novel way of revisiting your wedding day on your anniversary? Get in touch; email sarah.harris@archant.co.uk

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