When a couple have dated for a year, they deserve to recognise their accomplishment with an anniversary celebration to hold in their memories as they make their way toward year number two. Paper symbolises the first anniversary for married couples. Dating couples need not be afraid to co-opt the tradition. A first-anniversary date might last from the first moments the couple open their eyes throughout the day and into the night.
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Good Morning, Love
Some couples might not share a gift for composing romantic poetry. Fortunately, history offers the greatest love lines of all time for lovers to borrow. Greet one another with a love letter or a poem. (See Resources 2.) Computer programs such as Microsoft Word offer a wide selection of fancy fonts to use and print on parchment paper. When man and woman unroll their scrolls and read words from each other's hearts, the tone of the day is set.
Dinner often serves as the romantic height of an anniversary celebration. The anniversary couple may want to preserve the memory of their meal long after their ecstatic taste buds have savoured the last flavours. Ask the restaurant for one of their menus or create a menu for a homemade anniversary dinner. Date, sign and frame the menu for romantic posterity.
Name the Stars
After a year together, couples may want to send each other a sign that their love will endure. There are plenty of stars out there, so why not have one officially named after your beloved? Or you can do it unofficially and just choose whichever star appeals to you. Taking a stroll after dinner on a starlit night is a quiet end to a romantic evening. When the sky cooperates and the stars are visible, trying to find the stars named after you and your sweetie punctuates the day with perfection. If you've registered the star names, hang the framed certificates to remind you to look to the stars for lasting love.
Roses for the Future
Anniversary traditions offer guidelines for gift giving along which intrepid couples can chart their own courses for happiness. The day after a dating couple's first anniversary is the first day of their second year together. When a couple feel secure about their future, the man may want to send his beloved a sign of his continuing commitment by drawing on the second anniversary traditional gift of cotton. Imagine a woman's delight when she awakens after a memorable first dating anniversary to a dozen brilliant white cotton roses. (See Resources 3.)
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