Congratulations, you made it through a whole year! Now that you're celebrating your first anniversary (and hopefully getting married), it's time to have fun. But if you're like me and you don't have tons of extra cash lying around, here are some ideas for how to make the most out of your special day without breaking the bank:
Go to a comedy show.
Comedy shows are a great way to spend time with your partner, whether you're looking for something fun or educational. Comedians are often funny and entertaining but make us think about life differently. They can help us see things in a new light, exactly what you need after celebrating your first anniversary! If you want something lighter than a comedy show (and maybe something more intimate), see some musicians together instead!
Stay up all night and watch the sunrise together.
If you're anything like me, your anniversary is the first time you've had to stay up all night with someone. If this is your first time, it's important to remember that staying up all night isn't just about keeping yourself awake--it's also an opportunity to bond with your partner.
If you want to stay up all night watching the sunrise together, find a place where one can be seen at dawn (or dusk). On our anniversary, my wife and I went camping in Joshua Tree National Park right before sunrise and watched as it rose over Mount San Jacinto. It was beautiful!
Take a road trip.
Take a road trip.
Whether you're going to be driving out of state or just down the street, a road trip is a great way to spend your anniversary. Not only will you get to see new places and things together, but it's also an opportunity for you to bond over something unrelated to work or home life.
The first anniversary is a time to celebrate your love and dedication to each other. It's also a great excuse to go camping, which is fun and romantic! Here are some things you should bring with you:
Tent or hammock for sleeping
Two sleeping bags (you might want one for each person)
Pillows for comfort when sleeping in a tent or hammock
A flashlight so that if it gets dark outside before bedtime, there will be enough light inside the tent/hammock area so that everyone can see what they need without having to turn on any other lights outside of their own spaces
Visit the place where you first met.
Visit the place where you first met.
Take a picture of your two together, and share how you met.
Eat at the restaurant where you first met. It may not be as good then, but it's still worth doing!
Take a walk around where you first met (or look at pictures).
Take a cooking class together.
Cooking is a great way to spend time together, especially if you have kids. You can make them feel like they are helping out, and it's a fun activity for couples who don't have much experience in the kitchen. When you cook together on your anniversary, ensure you have all the ingredients on hand so that nothing gets ruined by running out at the last minute. Also, make sure that if there is a recipe involved (or if there isn't), then both of you are familiar with how long it takes to make whatever dish it may be so that no one gets hungry while waiting for their food!
Go shopping for new furniture and decorations together.
Many people think the only way to celebrate their first anniversary is to go out and buy something expensive. But if you're on a budget, there are plenty of ways to get creative without spending much cash.
You can find great deals at thrift stores, garage sales, and flea markets--and these days, there are more options than ever before as people sell off their old furniture online through sites like Craigslist or Facebook Marketplace. You can even buy used items from people moving out of town! Alternatively, if you have friends who recently moved into new apartments/houses themselves and don't need certain pieces anymore (or even if they do), ask them if they'd be willing to sell them for cheap--they might be happy for the extra money!
No matter what kind of decorating style or aesthetic you prefer together as a couple (or individually), there's no reason why every room shouldn't reflect that sense of individuality within its walls--whether it's through paintings by local artists or handmade sculptures made by some guy named Bob down at the local coffee shop where all those cool kids hang out after school every day after class ends early because they're too smart enough not only understand concepts like calculus but also know exactly how many units per gram each substance weighs when mixed using various ratios so why bother with math class anyway since everything else seems so much easier?
You can have fun on your first anniversary without breaking the bank!
If you're looking for a way to have fun on your first anniversary but don't want to break the bank, there are plenty of ways to make it an unforgettable experience.
Pick a destination that's not too far away from home and plan an overnight trip with all of your friends. This is great because it will be cheaper than flying across the country or internationally! You'll also get some quality time with them before they go back home again.
Go camping! It doesn't matter if it's winter or summer--there are many places near major cities where you can pitch a tent and enjoy nature without worrying about spending money on hotels or cabins (although those might be nice too). Make sure that wherever you go has accessible bathrooms nearby so no one gets stuck out there alone while everyone else enjoys themselves inside their warm homes...
We hope you found some inspiration for your first anniversary! Remember, it's not about spending much money or doing something elaborate. The most important thing is that you spend time together and have fun. If that means staying in bed all day with your partner, then that's what it means. Do what works best for you both as individuals and couples--and don't forget to celebrate all year!