A first-year wedding anniversary is an important celebration for you and your spouse. Use this guide to make sure the gift is as memorable as the past year.
Step 1: Give them the world Give them the world -- get your spouse a wall map to hang on the wall -- a fun way to chronicle all your future adventures together. Since paper is the traditional first-anniversary gift, you'll be killing two birds with one stone.
TIP: Use push pins to mark all your trips.
Step 2: Blow up a picture Blow up a funny picture of the two of you and frame it. Every time you walk by the picture, you will both smile.
Step 3: Slip a note Slip a note in their pocket telling them to meet you where your first encounter took place. The surprise and subtlety will bring you both back.
Step 4: Get board games Get a collection of board games so you can play on cold or rainy days, or with friends and family for a game night.
Step 5: Plant a tree Plant a tree together in your backyard. Watch your love grow and the tree grow over the years.
Step 6: Name a star after your spouse Show your love is as wide as the universe by naming a star after your spouse. You'll always be able to see it glimmering.
TIP: You can search online for a company that names stars. Terms like "star naming" or "name your own star" will yield several results.
Step 7: Write a love note Write a love note for your spouse and store it in a shoebox. Add a new love note to the box each year. Happy first anniversary!
FACT: In 2008, the average age for first-time marriages in the United States was 26 for women and 28 for men.