What’s better than a chance to celebrate the embers of love? Anniversaries are a fantastic way to regroup your relationship and reflect on how it has shaped you and your romantic partner. The beauty of anniversaries notwithstanding, there can be pressure to do something perfect, a very overwhelming pursuit. Worry not! Here is a list of dos and don’ts of planning a romantic anniversary that you can use as a rubric. Take a look!
Do: Pick a Destination You Both Love
A romantic anniversary is a perfect opportunity to get away. That means you have to pick a destination, which is always challenging. The most important thing you need to consider is the time of the year your anniversary falls. That way, you can choose a destination with weather good enough to do activities you both love.
Is there a destination you and your partner have on the vision board or bucket list? That would be an ideal destination. It is also possible that there is a destination you had such a lovely time in the past—say the city you fell in love with. You can consider going back to it. Or you can get out of your comfort zone and try somewhere new. Lucky for you, there are several resources to help you save time. For instance, you can check out all-inclusive honeymoon packages.
Don’t: Talk about the Discounts
We get it; everyone wants to save a penny at every chance. So as you plan for your romantic anniversary, you can take advantage of deals. While nothing is wrong with that, that’s information better left unsaid. Telling your partner that you got them a gift at a 70% discount might not help the mood. If you want to talk about it, at least wait until after the anniversary.
Don’t Groom Last Minute
There are high chances that you will get intimate with your partner – it’s your anniversary anyway. So you want you and your partner to feel sexy. For that reason, ensure that you groom ahead of time. If you’re going to surprise your partner with a getaway, do everything you can to ensure they are also groomed. You don’t want them fretting over cracks on their feet or hairy legs.
In the same breath, you can help set the mood by packing romantic gear as you plan to go to an all-inclusive resort. This includes items like unique perfumes, massage oil, and candles. Plus, you can never go wrong with a romantic playlist.
Do: Manage your Expectations
Celebrating your romantic love is no small fete. You spend a lot of time planning to the tiniest detail. Even then, it’s essential to understand that things could go wrong. The flight could get canceled, or your plans could get delayed for various reasons.
No matter what happens, don’t lose sight of the bigger picture. The idea is to celebrate your love. So even when things are not going your way, the most important thing is that you have your partner by your side. However, it helps to leave room for flexibility even as you plan. That reduces the chances of you getting disappointed.
Don’t: Forget a Gift
Can you think of something worse than forgetting to gift your partner on your anniversary? Very few things come close. That means something other than buying the first thing you put your hands on at the gift shop or the item with the biggest discount. When picking a gift, pick something they really like (start taking hints early) and make it as personal as possible. Make sure it aligns with their love language, and remember what we said about keeping discount details to yourself.
Do: Have the Difficult Conversations Ahead of Time
All couples fight. The fact that you are celebrating an anniversary means you have gotten out of several arguments victoriously. It sounds unorthodox to pre-plan difficult discussions, but it is a good idea. If you go on a trip to celebrate, you don’t want to be angry at each other during the trip. Or going for a romantic dinner, yet no one is talking to each other. You can discuss hot topics like the budget for your all-inclusive, technology use, and anything else you think might stir things up.
Do: Things Leading up to the Special Day
You probably have already cleared your work calendar on your anniversary day. However, you don’t have to wait until the big day to make your partner feel special. How about making romantic gestures a couple of days before the special day? For instance, you can help them with tasks you usually wouldn’t do around the house. Help with the cooking, or take care of the kids while they go to the spa. Then sit back and see how that will help with the mood on the big day—no need to mention how a good mood helps in the bedroom.
Celebrate the Best Way you Know-how
No rules are cast in stone when celebrating a romantic anniversary. At the end of the day, do what works for you and your partner. It’s your love story; you can write it however you wish.