Step by Step Process for Creating a Romantic and Memorable Wedding Anniversary
As today marks the eighth wedding anniversary of my wife and me, I thought it would be appropriate to write a post about what I planned for our fifth anniversary a few years ago. Of course, like birthdays and mother days, anniversaries are a crucial time for a husband to do something “special” and often there’s a lot of pressure to do so.
We didn’t really do anything special for our eighth anniversary except that I bought her a dozen roses and we went out for lunch and watched a movie together in the evening. As I said that wasn’t too special. It was nice. However, if a husband planned that for his and his wife’s first, fifth, or ten anniversary then I could say that she might not find that all to romantic. A dinner and a movie is something more appropriate for a birthday or even an ordinary anniversary.
For our fifth wedding anniversary, I organized a candlelight dinner with background instrumental music in a hotel suite.
So here is a step by step breakdown of what I did:
- I booked a room at a fairly inexpensive but elegant all suites hotel.
- Arranged for my in-laws to baby sit for the night of the anniversary. This is a step that I often overlook when planning an outing with my wife. You really need to make sure that their schedule works for you otherwise; you might have to make your anniversary plans on a different evening.
- I ordered a take out of an assorted platter of sushi. We both really like sushi and it’s not as expensive but still as elegant as fancier meals. This way I could present a nice dinner without having to make it.
- I went to the local grocery store and bought a nice packaged container of sliced fruit for dessert and bottled water (my wife loves water).
- I went to the local pharmacy and purchased three floating candles. Then when I got home, I looked for a nice sized bowl that would hold the candles. Make sure the candles fit in the bowl after its filled with water.
- When I got home, I collected the following and placed it neatly and carefully in a bag:
The price for one of these rooms was around the same price as an average Sheraton or Hilton hotel room in the same vicinity. If I recall, I paid about $212 for the room. Keep in mind, that the room is not the most important part of the experience so even if your budget won’t allow for a room at that rate then by all means find a cheaper rate. However, make sure not to settle for something tacky. If your anniversary falls out on a weekend then make sure to book the room well in advance.
While at the pharmacy, I bought my wife a nice “chick lit” (chick literature – romantic comedy novels i.e. shopoholic series, “Something Blue”). If your wife isn’t in to novels then buy her favorite magazine.
2 cloth placemats
2 cloth napkins and napkin rings
2 sets of cutlery
2 sets of dishes
1 glass bowl for the candles if you haven’t packed it yet
My wife hates alcohol so I left out the champagne and/or wine as well as the glasses. Also, if you are reserving a suite then chances are you wont need all of these items, as they should be included with the room.
I kept everything quiet from my wife and told her to pack for the night. All the items that I had purchased the days before were neatly packed in the trunk of the car. We drove to the hotel, parked the car, and proceeded to the hotel check-in desk. After getting our key card for the room, I told my wife to take a seat in the lobby and handed her the “chick lit” novel for her to read while I prepared the room.
I ran to the car, loaded up the dolly, and headed for the room. The room was perfect. It had everything I needed, except for a working CD player (this is when I called the front desk), to make this evening work. As I waited for the CD player to arrive, I laid out the placemats, dishes, napkins, glasses, and cutlery. I filled up the glass bowl halfway with water, placed the floating candles in the water, and lit them. I placed the food on the counter so as not to interrupt the elegant look of the table all dressed up. When the CD player finally arrived, I inserted the instrumental CD and turned it on. Just before leaving to get my wife, I looked over the room to make sure everything was right. The table was set, the candles were lit, and the music was playing softly. The perfect atmosphere was created.
From the moment my wife entered the suite she was in a state of romantic bliss. All I can say is the evening was a great success.
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