So we’re pondering anniversary etiquette today because it’s 10 years to the day that I started dating my husband. How do anniversaries work? What is expected of us? As a married couple do we celebrate our wedding date, our wedding and dating dates, or do we need to bother celebrating anything at all? What exactly does an anniversary mean; expensive gifts and romantic dinners?
I see myself as an easy-going wife. I’m not demanding (or at least I don’t think I am) and I really hate unnecessary and forced romantic occasions; the worst being Valentine’s Day. How dare restaurants double their prices and force couples to eat manky food surrounded by other couples who would much rather be at home, but feel the need to ‘express their love’ because its meant to be the most romantic day of the year. I might be controversial here but I think it’s a load of rubbish!
Heading back to my original point! I’d much rather have a number of smaller romantic gestures throughout the year (the odd bit of washing, ironing or vacuuming counts!) than have my husband waste money on something huge, and often unnecessary, simply to mark a date that frankly isn’t that important. Today we said our ‘Happy 10 years’ to each other, but there will be no gifts, no special dinner, just an ordinary Wednesday evening together and possibly a bag of chips.
The only thing we will do every year to mark our wedding anniversary, is order a cheesecake from the English Cheesecake Company as they supplied our wedding cake and it’s a great excuse to eat cake!
Are we totally lacking romance or is it our overly normal lives that allow our relationship to blossom and last as long as it has? Whatever your feelings, I appreciate and respect everybody is different, so If you have any fab anniversary stories that you want to share then get in touch. Who knows, you might get me to change my mind.
Penelope x x