If you would like to celebrate your wedding anniversary in style, and create more wonderful memories, you have to start planning every small detail carefully. Whether you want to recreate the day, or celebrate with your friends and family members, remembering those who are no longer with you, it is important that you focus on creating memories that will last you for another few decades, and strengthen your relationship even further. Below you will find a few tips on how to make your wedding anniversary unique and special, just like the day you tied the knot.
- Go On a Cruise
To celebrate in style, and focus on each other again, you might want to go on a cruise around tropical islands, or even the world. Take a break from family commitments and work, and have a few romantic days or weeks discovering different parts of the world you always wanted to visit together. If you book a luxury cruise holiday, you can have a romantic dinner planned by the staff, to make you feel extra special, and help you bond and reflect on your lives.
2. Family Vacation
To thank your partner for everything you created together, and the family happiness that grew out of your marriage, you might want to invite your entire family for a vacation to celebrate with you. You can rent a large villa in the Caribbean or a tropical island, and take a break. Get people who cannot attend the vacation to create a video about you, and other family members, so you can include your children, grandchildren, an in-laws in the celebration. While it might be challenging to find a date that suits everyone, you can create a memorable event for everyone who will attend.
3. Your Own Party with Your Music
If you want to have a party in your home instead, and invite everyone who is important in your life, you can get a tent set up in your garden and have a summer event when you can welcome everyone back, and celebrate the years you spent together. Get a catering company to arrange everything, including anniversary cakes, decoration, music, and even special ceremonies you would like during your garden party. You can relive the moments of your wedding if you match the original environment and decor.
4. Invite Original Guests
One of the best ways of recreating the memories of your wedding is inviting your original guests. You can have a great conversation about your wedding day, and they are likely to have some special photos or videos that you haven’t seen for ages. Talk about the funny side of your wedding, and invite your friends’ spouses. Try to involve your new friends and family members in the celebrations, as well. Take this project as a wedding reunion that will help you reflect on the past years together and reconnect with friends who might have moved and you haven’t seen for ages.
5. Renew Your Vows
If you have been worried for a long time, or you want to strengthen the promise you made each other originally, there is no better way of doing so than renewing your wedding vows. It doesn’t matter if you have been married for a decade or quarter of a century, rekindling your relationship is always a good idea. Invite as many friends and family members to the reception as possible, and include your original guests. If some of your guests, or even family members cannot come or have sadly passed away, you can remember them by leaving their chair empty during the ceremony.
6. Recreate the Menu of Your Wedding Night
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To truly relive the memories, you can find the original wedding catering company and retrieve the menu of your wedding reception. Recreate the same food, and get a replica of your wedding cake made. This way, you can feel like you are going back in time, and enjoy today and tomorrow. If you already have children, this will be a good way of telling them the story of how you met, how you got married, and when you decided to have kids. They will appreciate that you involve them in celebrating your relationship.
7. Visit Your First Date Location
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A romantic idea for your wedding anniversary celebration can be visiting the same place you met the first time, or the place you used to go on a date. Even if you moved to a new state, you can book a hotel and stay in the town you met, and visit all the places and remember all those moments that made the first few months of your relationship so special. Did you like visiting a national park, or camping in the forest? Book the same wood cabin you first stayed in, and eat at the same restaurants.
8. Try Something New
If you want to have a romantic celebration, you might plan an activity that you have never done before. From Bungee jumping to sailing and surfing, there are several great romantic activities you can try together to help you trust each other better, and take your relationship to the next level. Try a romantic hot air balloon ride over your favorite landscape, or kayaking in the white waters near you. Take a diving course together, or enroll to an Indian, Caribbean, or Mexican cooking class so you can spend a few nights together, creating something delicious for each other, and preparing your partner’s favorite.
9. Go on A Road Trip
To get away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, you might want to go on a road trip together, and see where you end up. The secret to this romantic activity is that you shouldn’t plan too many details ahead. Try to find accommodation when it is getting dark, and be open to exploring the hidden gems of the country. From small villages with historic sites to large cities with great nightlife, you can end up somewhere new every night, and taste a different menu. Get the excitement back in your relationship, and start enjoying each other’s company again.
10. Hold a Cocktail Party
If you have more than one thing to celebrate, and want to thank your partner for being a part of your success and standing by you, holding a cocktail party is a good idea. If you built a company over the years from nothing, or have managed to put your kids through university, and they all have great jobs, you have a lot to be proud of. There is no better way of celebrating partnership and success together than by holding a cocktail party for your friends and family members, and show your appreciation for your partner standing by your side every day and encouraging you to go further. If one of you recently tackled a serious illness, a cocktail party is in order, too.
There is something extremely romantic about a glamping holiday. Get close to nature, and have full privacy for a few days. Go out in the day to explore local coffee shops, small museums, and enjoy watersports nearby. Try to find activities you haven’t tried yet, or challenge yourselves with a hike in the mountains. Get on your horses or mountain bike, and have a few days just for yourselves. Turn off the television and your cell phone, and reflect on your relationship without being disturbed by the outside world.
12. Screen Your Wedding Video for Your Family
If you want a more intimate family event, you could get your original wedding video professionally edited in a digital format, and set up the big screen in your living room. Invite your family members to celebrate with you, and show how your special day went. This is a good way of reconnecting with lost family members, remembering old friends, and showing your kids and your grandchildren the story of your relationship. Be prepared for new memories being brought up by your family members, who remember the events differently.
13. Recreate Your Wedding Photos with Kids (and grandkids)
To commemorate your wedding anniversary, you might get a professional studio photography expert to recreate you wedding photos. You can repeat the photoshoot and add family members as your family grows. This way, you can make new members of your family become a part of your celebration, even if they were not there at your original wedding reception. Get your kids to pose with you, and look back at previous photos every year.
Whether you have been married for a year or fifty, holding a wedding anniversary celebration is a good way of getting even closer to your partner and committing to the relationship again. You can choose to hold a party and involve your old and new friends, family members, or book a romantic getaway for the two of you, so you can connect and reflect on your relationship. Let it be a luxury cruise around the world, or a garden party being surrounded by children and grandchildren, you should celebrate your wedding anniversary in style to create new, long-lasting memories.
Over 13,000 islands make up the country of Indonesia, and there is plenty to see and do for all types of traveller. Perhaps you are simply here to enjoy the gorgeous white sandy beaches or you would prefer something a little more adventurous like a trip to a volcano. There is also plenty of diverse wildlife to spot here including the world famous Komodo dragons. On top of all this, everything is very affordable so it is no wonder that travellers of all kind flock here. If you are planning a trip out here yourself, here are just a few of the unmissable sights and experiences that you should enjoy.
Kick Back in Bali
Bali is probably the most famous Indonesian island and there are plenty of good reasons why. Of course, this means that it is crowded with travellers and sun-seekers, but this doesn’t take away from the fact that it is an extremely beautiful place to visit. As well as simply kicking back on the on the sand, you could also try out some surfing on Bingin Beach. One of the most stunning attractions that the island has to offer is the Pura Besakih, otherwise known as the Mother Temple.
See Komodo Dragons
We have already mentioned them at the beginning of the article, but no trip to Indonesia would be complete without seeing some Komodo dragons in the wild. The UNESCO heritage site of the Komodo National Park is the only place that you can do this, so you should certainly take a trip over here during your time in the country. You will really appreciate the size and power of these lizards when you get to see them first-hand.
The capital city of Indonesia is large, bustling and chaotic. After all, it does have a population of 10 million people. If you are hoping to escape from the crowds for a little while, the place to do this is sitting at the cafes looking out over Fatahillah Square in the former Dutch quarter of the city, the Old Bavaria. Nighttime is when this city really comes to life and there are plenty of bar and restaurant options to keep you partying until the early hours.
See Sunrise at Bromo-Tengger-Semeru National Park
The Tenggerese region is home to one of the few big Hindu communities left on the island of Java.Mount Bromo and its national park is another of Indonesia’s must-see attractions, and you will certainly be impressed when you see the smouldering volcano up close and personal! The other volcano that the park is named after, Mount Semeru, erupts reliably every 20 minutes or so! Of course, this is usually just ash and stones so you don’t have anything to worry about. Get up early enough and you will be able to catch a very memorable sunrise.
Head to the Green Hills Around Bandung
The city of Bandung is bursting with thriving markets, street cafes, and welcoming locals. There are plenty of accommodation options around the place which can be found on https://rumahdijual.com/bogor/
Explore Hindi Prambanan
This grand Hindu temple was built way back in the 10th century and stands at an incredible 150 feet tall. The complex consists of over 240 different temples, so you could easily spend hours strolling around all the religious buildings. There are so many architectural and cultural treasures around the site that it is worth reading about everything in detail or taking a guided tour so that you can fully appreciate what you are witnessing.
See the Orangutans in Sumatra
Sumatra is the place to go if you are looking to see orangutans. Sadly, due to deforestation and fires in the area, these are gravely endangered animals, so you should try to see them in the wild while it is still an option. Like seeing any great apes face to face, you will be amazed by just how human they seem. So, if you are going to take a tour to see these creatures, make sure that it is one that is ethically-run.
Snorkel or Scuba Dive in Bunaken or the Gili Islands
So far, we have only talked about activities and sights that you can enjoy on the land of Indonesia, but there is so much going on beneath the surface of the water that it would be a shame if you didn’t enjoy a snorkelling or scuba diving adventure while you are out here. The deep waters of the Bunaken National Marine park is one of the best places that you can go to enjoy either one of these activities. The visibility is usually excellent so you will be able to spot a wide range of sea creatures including tuna, sharks, rays and turtles. Another place that you can go which is great for underwater activities are the Gili Islands, which are very secluded and peaceful as they don’t allow any cars to drive around.
Enjoy a Spa Session
The affordability of spa sessions compared to ones that you would get back home mean that getting pampered is always going to be a popular option no matter where you are in Asia. Obviously, getting a massage is always going to be a good choice, but you could get one on a beach for an even more relaxing experience. Other popular treatments include body wraps, facials, manicures and pedicures.
As you can see from the diversity of things to do and sights to see, Indonesia is the kind of destination where you can have a totally different experience from other people you have spoken to. Tailor your trip to suit your preferences and you are bound to have an unforgettable time yourself.
While many people pick US destinations or European countries to visit for their holidays, Australia is often forgotten and it’s difficult to see why. Australian destinations such as Sydney are such wonderful places to visit for a vacation and they certainly need a bit more attention. So to shed some light down under, we’re going to give you six fantastic reasons why you should visit Sydney for your holiday this year. With any luck, you’re going to be booking your flights as soon as you finish reading!
1. It’s wonderful this time of year
For most of us living in the northern hemisphere, we’re suffering from rain, snow and cold weather. Sydney, on the other hand, has its seasons reversed compared to us which means that right now they’re in the middle of a hot and comfortable summer and slowly transitioning into autumn. Want to escape the cold? Then head to Sydney!
2. There are so many beaches
Sydney is on the edge of Australia so it explains why there are so many fantastic beaches. Prepare your suncream and don’t forget your typical beach attire because you’re going to want to explore these golden sands and warm waters all across the coast! The beaches can get packed full of tourists, but luckily there’s plenty of space for everyone to enjoy the sun and do a spot of swimming.
3. Surprisingly affordable
Sydney is really far away for most people living in the northern hemisphere or the west, but even so, tickets to Sydney are surprisingly affordable. You’ll find many cheap flights to Sydney if you look in the right places and things like food and accommodation aren’t much more expensive than what you’d expect at home. As long as you avoid touristy destinations and don’t mind heading to the supermarket now and then to pick up some food, you can get by with relatively little in Sydney.
4. Bustling foodie scene
You might not hear much about Sydney’s foodie scene because it’s still growing, but there are some absolutely fantastic places to eat here. Since it’s so close to Asia, there are many unique Asian dishes to be had an there are western staples mixed in as well. Whether it’s fish and chips or hot dogs and pie, you’ll find classics mixed with unfamiliar fusions all over Sydney.
5. Plenty for kids and adults alike
Sydney is a beautiful location that has plenty of entertainment for both kids and adults alike. Want to spend a day treating the kids? Head over to some of the theme parks and safaris available. Want a private night out with your partner? Then head to one of the glamorous bars or restaurants dotted around Sydney at night for a romantic encounter.
6. Stunning to explore
Take a walk around Sydney and you’ll see tall buildings, beautiful parks and scenery that you will never forget. Sydney is a visually stunning location to view with your own two eyes and there are countless opportunities to take a memorable photograph.
With international travel more accessible than ever, the attraction of exploring the world is huge. This is something I’ve experienced first hand, and I’m sure many of you readers have too. As for 2018, though, my bucket list begins with five places across America.
Here are the five places I’m hoping to visit over the next 12 months, along with the reasons why.
#1. Atlanta, Georgia
Atlanta, Georgia is a stunning city that has many attractions including the CNN tour, nature parks, and historic venues. Right now, though, the thought of seeing the Atlanta United soccer team is the incentive to visit now. I’m not a huge fan of the sport, but the thought of joining up to 71,000 people inside the Mercedes-Benz Stadium is very exciting. The atmosphere looks incredible from the videos I’ve been shown. As a one-off experience, I’d love to be a part of it.
#2. Orlando, Florida
Orlando is hardly a hidden gem, and most people appreciate the hot weather and plethora of attractions. Still, there’s no doubt that Disneyland and other resorts are perfect places for family reunions and vacations with old friends. The combination of fun and sun forms the recipe for a perfect week away. It might be a little on the expensive side, but it’s certainly on my list for 2018.
#3. New York City
Even if you’ve been to NYC on multiple occasions, it’s a destination where there’s always something new to see and do. The Manhattan Helicopters tour over the city is top of my bucket list for the next visit. In truth, though, it would take days to compile a list of all of the attractions awaiting in the Big Apple. Even if it’s only a, ahem, flying visit, I’ll certainly be spending some time in the city that never sleeps in the next 12 months.
#4. Salt Lake City, Utah
Utah is an incredible place to unleash your explorational side, starting with the Mighty 5 national parks. However, Salt Lake is a city that appeals due to the concoction of natural treasures, historic venues, and 2002 Winter Olympics venues. In truth, staying at the Park City Marriott just outside of the main city is probably a little more appealing. Nonetheless, a few days of relaxation there, combined with a few days of city life excitement is sure to provide a winning solution.
#5. Honolulu, Hawaii
Hawaii’s unique charm is something that naturally appeals to most travel enthusiasts, and I’m no different. Seeing the Pearl Harbour WWII memorials is an incentive that steps away from the prospect of sitting on the beaches. Still, there’s no denying that Waikiki Beach and the other luxury venues of sun, sea and sand are the main attraction. My only worry is that I’ll never come back!
Realistically, I might only get to visit two or three of those places. Still, it’s nice for a girl to dream.