I still find it quite difficult to get my head around but next year we will be celebrating our 10 year wedding anniversary. So much has happened in the last decade and yet it feels like only yesterday that we were planning out table decorations, choosing flower arrangements and trying to manage the building excitement of a wedding!
Obviously 10 years is something of a milestone so we have been thinking about ways that we could mark the occasion. It also happens to be my 30th birthday next year but I might save my celebration plans for that for another time!
Take A Trip Away
This is probably top of our list at the moment and will more than likely also form part of the birthday celebrations. It has been a long time since James and I have taken a trip together just as a couple and although there are literally hundreds of places I would love to visit, I think for this particular trip we would love to go to Tuscany. Not only is it wine country (need I say more?!) but it's also supposed to be a beautifully picturesque place and one we could escape to for a short time for a relaxing break together.
I'm not a huge wearer of jewellery but I think if we were to give each other a special piece, perhaps some vintage jewellery then I'd make an exception! I know that jewellery is often a favourite choice for anniversary gifts and I would certainly appreciate anything that James had taken the time to choose for me; I think after 10 years he knows my tastes pretty well and would do a good job of selecting something I'd want to wear.
Have a celebration
We ummed and ahhed about having a celebration party where friends and family could come together but with two family weddings next year I don't think it will be possible. It's a great idea though for anyone celebrating a milestone anniversary as, if you are anything like us, there are friends and family spread far and wide whom we just don't get to see as much as we would like to and this would be a great opportunity to gather everyone we love together for a good old knees up.
Try something new
It can be so easy to fall back on the typical 'anniversary' style options such as going to a restaurant, buying flowers etc and whilst there is nothing wrong with that, sometimes it is also nice to shake things up a bit. I think a great idea is to try something which neither of you have done before, whether that's a dance class, a cookery course or a hot air balloon ride...as long as it's unique to the two of you then it's going to be a fun experience!
If all else fails, then I don't think that we need expensive gifts, trips abroad or parties. Simply carving out some time when it could just be the two of us would be perfect enough. Perhaps we could watch a favourite movie or cook a favourite meal...even just sitting and talking about our hopes and dreams for the next 10 years would be great!
How would you celebrate your anniversary?
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