Whether you are celebrating your first anniversary as couple or your tenth anniversary as husband and wife, you should do something special on the date.
For most couples, an anniversary celebration involves dressing up to go for a fancy dinner in a romantic restaurant. For others, it’s staying overnight at a five-star hotel and using the amenities – or going on a romantic weekend getaway.
These are all perfectly nice activities to celebrate the occasion. But what if you don’t have enough funds to blow on hotel accommodations or even a five-course dinner somewhere fancy?
Even if your budget is tight, that does not mean that your anniversary should not be celebrated in an equally romantic fashion. There are plenty of ways for you to celebrate your anniversary as a couple without having to spend too much – which is what we will find more about here.
Top 10 Budget Anniversary Ideas
When celebrating an anniversary, the cost of whatever activity you do, the food that you eat, the wine you drink, or your accommodations should not be an issue at all. What’s important is for the two of you to spend some quality, fun, and romantic time together as a couple.
You can indulge in doing something spontaneous or spur-of-the-moment. Or, you can plan everything but still make sure that your anniversary celebration will not cost that much.
If you’re looking for ideas, take a look at our top ten list for budget anniversary celebrations:
1. Recreate a part of your honeymoon, wedding, or a previous anniversary.
If you and your significant other have been together for a long time now, what’s your favorite anniversary celebration so far?
If it’s dinner and coffee at a quaint Italian restaurant, for example, you can cook at home and recreate the menu. Dim the lights and put on some mood music so that you can recreate the ambiance without having to spend too much.
If you honeymooned in Bali, decorate the kitchen with a beach theme and serve drinks complete with tiny umbrellas that you can sip while having a tropical-themed dinner menu. Anniversaries are the perfect time to reminisce and look back at what you have accomplished so far as a couple.
2. Go on a picnic outdoors.
Scope out a cosy spot at a local park or an open field near where you live. Then, put together a picnic-appropriate meal which you can prepare from your own kitchen or even just pick up at a deli. Make sure to include a picnic basket, a bottle of wine, slices of cheese, and sliced fruit then you’re all set for a romantic picnic date!
3. Look for a free outdoor movie or concert event in your area.
Local communities usually put together free events like outdoor film showings or free concerts at the park. Scope out these events and if they coincide with your anniversary date, go there with your significant other to celebrate the occasion. If the event will be held at a park, you can also pack a picnic blanket, wine and some snacks.
4. Explore the outdoors.
When was the last time that you explored a new place as a couple? Married couples can certainly relate to the busyness of their schedules – especially if they’re both working while raising the kids. For a fun anniversary celebration option, take the time to explore the outdoors. Bring a map, food, and some outdoor essentials.
You can follow a local trail for a daytime hike, or go on a romantic evening stroll. Go online and look for routes available in your area. If you have kids, you can turn the event into a family outing or you can simply ask an in-law to babysit so that you can have some quality time together as a couple for your anniversary.
5. Turn your bedroom into a hotel honeymoon suite.
Even if couples have a perfectly suitable bedroom at home, why do you think they still prefer the ambiance lent by the honeymoons suites at hotels? It could have something to do with the way that the room is cosily decorated, where the sheets are crisp and clean, and even the bathrooms smell divine.
For your anniversary, you can simply turn your bedroom into a hotel honeymoon suite by changing the sheets, maybe lighting up some candles and scattering red rose petals on the bed. Have a bottle of wine or champagne nearby, and toast to your future as a couple to celebrate many more anniversaries to come.
6. Go on a scenic drive.
If you only have budget for gas, why don’t you go on a scenic drive? Check which point in your city or town is the highest and pop a bottle of champagne once you reach that destination. On the way there, make sure that the drive has a scenic view.
If you grew up or fell in love in the same city, you can even make pit stops on the place where you had your first date, first kiss, where you first met, etc.
Again, anniversaries are the perfect time for you to reminisce your early days as a couple. This activity will make your bond as a couple stronger.
7. Be each other’s ‘slave’ for a day.
Another challenge faced by couples who have been together for a long time is a lack of interest or fire in their intimate life. To spice things up, you can be each other’s slave for your anniversary day – it could be in the bedroom or in the household.
For instance, the husband and wife could take turns telling each other what they want in the bedroom. Or, you can give your boyfriend a one-hour massage coupon, after which he should serve as your massage therapist. Be creative in coming up with commands so that you can heat things up in bed during your anniversary night.
8. Come up with creative gifts to match the symbol of your anniversary year.
How many years have you been together as a couple? Depending on the number, you can come up with creative gifts for each other based on the symbol of your anniversary year.
Here are a few examples of the year, the traditional symbol, and the more modern anniversary symbols:
If it’s your third year together, for example, you can go with gifts that have the traditional leather symbolism – or you can go a bit more modern by looking for crystal or glass gifts.
As cliché as it may sound, it is the thought that counts so even if you have a very limited budget for the gift, as long as it has the symbol of your anniversary, your significant other is bound to appreciate it.
9. Have a no-gadgets night.
Yet another challenge that modern couples have to face is being so absorbed with work – and their gadgets – so much so that they forget to spend some real, face-to-face, quality time with each other.
If you don’t have the budget to eat somewhere fancy for your anniversary, you can simply spend a lot of quality time with each other. Make it a no-gadgets night where you would need to really talk and spend time with each other.
If you have kids, you can even let them join in. Pop a movie in the DVD player and watch a romantic comedy flick. Or, you can bring out the board games and cards and have a game night. You can even experiment in the kitchen. Have a competition as to which dish – cooked or baked – tastes the best.
10. Have a cheese fest!
Sure, you can include real cheese along with a bottle of cheap table wine for this – but anniversaries are the perfect excuse for you to go all cheesy and mushy towards each other.
Write each other love letters, compose a poem, or belt a super cheesy love song on the karaoke. Conspire with the kids to come up with questions similar to a dating game and have them act as hosts. Make new vows and new promises for each other, stuff that you can make come true prior to your next anniversary celebration.
There really is no need for you to spend a lot of money celebrating your anniversary as a couple. It is a special occasion but more than what you will spend for the celebration, it’s the spending time with each other that is more important.
Through each year that you celebrate your anniversary, you are making your bond as a couple stronger and before you know it, you would be on your way towards celebrating your silver, gold, or diamond anniversary.
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