Celebrating your 1st Year Wedding Anniversary + Challenge

Well time sure does fly…

Over the weekend we celebrated our anniversary.  It’s already been a year since we were married and it’s so much fun to look back on all of the adventures my husband and I have had in the past year of marriage.  Even though we have actually been together for almost 8 years, marriage is where you really start counting your years together, apparently.  We are now husband and wife – legally and spiritually, promised to each other.  You can read about our wedding day here!

In one year we became a family, started new career paths and businesses, travelled, sold a house, had lots of amazing memories with friends and family, hosted many parties and I changed my name. We are very blessed and thankful for all of our experiences. I think an anniversary should be a time to share with you and your spouse, to take the time to show gratitude toward one another.

Of course, after a fun filled day, we shared champagne in our backyard!

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Isn’t he cute!?

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It’s easy to get into the habit of going to dinner and exchanging gifts to celebrate your anniversary.  Don’t get me wrong, who doesn’t love a good fine dining with a Pinot, followed by a piece of jewellery?  But traditionally speaking, the first year anniversary is about exchanging “paper”.  I would like to take this traditional take on gifts and challenge brides and grooms to give each other the gift of paper with a twist of gratitude.  Why not write a letter to your loved one, whom you share everything in life with,  a list of items that you are grateful for in the other person? Elaborated or point form:

Dear _____________
I am grateful that you are always putting others before yourself.
I am grateful that you have eyes I can get lost in, for the rest of my life.
I am grateful that you will be an amazing parent to our children.
I am grateful that you always take the time to tell me you love me.
I am grateful that I get to grow old with you.

And then on your anniversary celebration, read it to each other.

It’s easy to take the road of flowers, dinner and gifts (but for obvious reasons it’s always encouraged!), however taking the extra step toward showing gratitude for being in the lives of one another… now that takes time and effort.  Effort…. Effort,is so underrated when it comes to showing gratitude and love.  Which is why I am challenging couples who are celebrating anniversaries to make the effort to show gratitude toward the person you love.

To the brides reading this who are planning their weddings, this means you too!  Get back to the root of why you are choosing to walk down the aisle.  Have your husband-to-be and yourself write letters.  Exchange them on your wedding day, to be opened right before you walk down the aisle.  Keep that love and gratefulness in your hearts, which can easily be clouded from all of the stress and planning that happens leading up to your day.  Be reminded of why you are there in the first place.

As the sun sets everyday, there is one thing that I can always be sure of.  He will always be my groom and I will always be his bride.  I am thankful for him and our lives that we are creating together.  To me, that’s what our first year wedding anniversary celebration is about.

What are you doing for your anniversary?

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