Well, it’s that time of year. Pumpkin spice, pumpkin farms, beautiful turned leaves in Tennessee… and us trying to figure out what the heck to do for our wedding anniversary at the last minute.
Last year was our 11th anniversary and we went to Target and bought a coffee pot.
And you know what? It was us, and it was awesome. Simple and inexpensive make the grade for us every time.
We tried to up the ante by getting dressed in decent clothes and finding a fancy restaurant.
We added an extra layer of bliss by throwing in new memory-foam tennis shoes (because comfort is king). But we didn’t really need the added layers, it was more out of obligation.
Comfort truly is king, isn’t it? When it comes to marriage and anniversaries, that’s what it’s all about in my book. Who cares what you do as long as you’re comfortable, content and celebrating in a way that’s uniquely you?
We had a mechanical bull at our wedding reception for pete’s sake, and if that isn’t a feature that’s unique and personal to the bride and groom, I don’t know what is.
Valentine’s Day for us is a comfy cozy night at home with Netflix and ice cream after the kids are in bed. I think every couple gets to decide whether or not it’s a big, expensive hairy occasion or quaint and basic.
Sometimes it’s just good enough all year to not have to make a big fuss over anniversaries. As long as both parties are in agreement on what to do, do whatever you want.
We’ve had date nights at Home Depot and basic, budget restaurants the kids won’t eat in. One year we went to a virtual gun range and that was fun.
I’m not saying we wouldn’t benefit from an all-inclusive weekend away on a private island if someone gave it to us for free, but when that’s not in the cards, we are fine just going with the flow and moseying around Big Lots.
I saw a friend recently post on social media about how on a night away from kids, she and her husband went to JC Penney’s and bought a new cookie sheet with a coupon. Another talked about their anniversary night at Sprouts and I was reminded about that weekend we went and looked at new mattresses at the mattress store.
(Be careful with bored shopping because you might end up with a new mattress, just fyi!)
A coworker of mine used to love to tell the story about how his parents got married during the gas crisis many years ago and couldn’t go anywhere for their honeymoon so they just made do at home.
We still don’t quite know what we’re doing for our anniversary yet this weekend, but I’m pretty sure we’re about due for another coffee pot. I’ll keep you posted!
What are some of your favorite basic celebrations for date nights, honeymoons or anniversaries? I’d love to hear more in the comments!