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Relationship Protocol: Anniversary Celebrations

Although I think celebrating marriage anniversaries can be an important way to keep the romance alive, I’m not one to make a fuss over a relationship anniversary. I think learning to celebrate your relationship every day in the smallest ways is much more important than planning a special night or weekend once a year. However, I know that for many unmarried couples, anniversary celebrations are very important, so what do you think? Are you one to celebrate an anniversary when you're in a relationship?

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JaimeLeah526 JaimeLeah526 9 years
I definitely think that it's up to the couple. We did special things the first couple years. Now that we're married I'd love to do a great thing each year but money really limits that.
simplyfab87 simplyfab87 9 years
Because people are not marries doesn't mean out anniversary is not important. I've been with my bf for 4 years and I've seen two marriages not last that long. The monthly anniversary thing is a bit strange but yearly anniversaries are a big deal to me.
michelleannette michelleannette 9 years
i think celebrating the yearly anniversary is appropriate. the monthly celebration is strange. and doesn't anniversary refer to something recurring yearly anyway?
amloveaffair amloveaffair 9 years
In middle school/high school, I was all 'omg 2 months wooooo!' but now I'm not. I think if you make it to a year, celebrate that. Even 6 months because you're halfway there!
lexgal916 lexgal916 9 years
In my past relationship we would acknowledge each month and we did something for our 6 month and then each year. My boyfriend now doesn't even mention each month and our 1 year is coming up and im disappointed because i really don't think he'll even say anything (I sure hope im wrong!)
watereatsrock watereatsrock 9 years
DUH!
designerel designerel 9 years
I've always just kind of acknowledged the monthiversaries, just saying "Oh hey we've been together for x months now!" but I certainly don't expect anything nor will I do anything more than acknowledge it. As for year anniversaries, the only relationship I was in the lasted longer than a year, we didn't celebrate it because we had no official date. But maybe this new one I am in, we will... :)
bengalspice bengalspice 9 years
My boyfriend sees no point in celebrating if we're not married. But I think it's nice if he at least acknowledges all the hard work and time we put into our relationship. Every night is like a special occasion for us anyways [since he spoils my tummy rotten]. I kinda like it.
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 9 years
We celebrate our yearly anniversary's! I think it's important! We had such a wonderful time, and we both really enjoyed being able to turn our cells off leave the city and do what WE want together :)
bbkf bbkf 9 years
My husband and I spend our anniversary at a romantic B&B every year. It's nice to have an excuse to splurge on something we usually wouldn't.
lilwildone1202 lilwildone1202 9 years
ok as lame as it sounds, ive celebrated the last two years with my fiance. and i only made a "big deal" about our first anniversary because i hadn't been in a relationship for that long, well, ever. then last month (or two year) i made it a "big deal" bc we were moving and had alot of stress so i suggested dinner and stuff. we do cards.. but..
vmruby vmruby 9 years
I've been married for almost 9 years and my husband still reminds me of the anniversary of our first date.
Silverlining10 Silverlining10 9 years
We celebrate every month by sending a text to acknowledge it; we celebrate every six months by having a romantic dinner or actually meeting on the day, and I make him a card; and we celebrated our first year (We've only been together for a year and a half!) by spending the weekend in Catalina. We don't do blow-out things, just simple acknowledgment is good enough for us. We always try to plan special dinners or weekends whenever we have time, not necessarily to match our anniversary dates.
ikimashokie ikimashokie 9 years
Grr my comment was lost. :( My boyfriend and I are in the same situation as aimeeb, there wasn't any significant event that made a particular date. There was "facebook official" day, but I certainly don't remember that date. I round up from the "first romp" date, just because obviously the first first romp is going to be special anyway. He says it's been six months longer than I say it's been, which makes for interesting conversations. Also, being in "the south", everyone wants to know when the kids/wedding/engagements are going to come, because apparently once you've been dating for longer than 9 months, you are supposed to have at least one kid and be engaged for a wedding 5 years in the future. I think a lot of the "yay! another week together!" comes from people being in different relationships each and every week or month... Obviously in some communities/social circles, it's an achievement to be in a relationship for more than a certain period without massive drama or kids showing up or whatever.
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
I've been with my boyfriend for 4 yrs and we don't. To be honest we don't really have one, I mean there is the day we met but there was never any "will you be my girlfriend..." cheesiness that happened to signify a date as a couple.
heineken67 heineken67 9 years
We've celebrated every year since we've been together. Usually just a nice dinner out, but still something.
Renees3 Renees3 9 years
My boyfriend and I don't have en exact date of when it is, I think we decided it's in the beginning of Dec. We usually go out to dinner or something like that. We're been together 4 years and I think that it's important to celebrate those sorts of things. We plan on getting married and we're totally commited to each other so why not? I'm secretly hoping he'll propose this year :-)
divinedebris divinedebris 9 years
My husband and I celebrate our anniversary for fun. It's nice and can be romantic- it's the only time he gets his romance on. :) I like remembering special events, we both remember but we don't go fully into the celebration mode except on our wedding anniversary.
jopperma jopperma 9 years
I hate it when people celebrate "monthiversaries" ... It is not an anniversary unless it is a year! I think it is perfectly normal to celebrate the year marks before marriage... nothing over the top, but a nice dinner or a gift is always fun.
bsglrok132 bsglrok132 9 years
I would celebrate the month mark with my husband when we were dating, but usually all we would do is watch a movie and make a pasta dish or something like that. Sometimes we would go out, if we had money. Now that we're married we don't celebrate every month, and sometimes we don't even remember it. But our one year anniversary will be a big deal!
emalove emalove 9 years
I never really made a big deal out of it before...maybe just a dinner out or something. But now that I'm married, it will definitely be a different story!
fireannach fireannach 9 years
We don't actually have an anniversary! We reunited when we were home for summer from college, and the first time I went down with him to his apartment at school, he told me, "Oh... um, I have been calling you my girlfriend? Just so you know..." We have decided it was generally when we started hooking up that we became a couple because we were exclusive and crazy for each other, and we've been together for about a year now. We won't celebrate an anniversary but we enjoy each other's company all the time and like to get each other little gifts and make cards all the time, so we're pretty much always celebrating anyway :)
kikidawn kikidawn 9 years
kia, lol we actually do the anniversary of "first romp in the sack" too. It was yesterday!! :rotfl: And I know the date of our first date, and I'm sure I will at least acknowledge the anniversary of when he proposes too (when he eventually gets around to it!)
kia kia 9 years
It is fun to have an excuse to celebrate anything... first date, when he proposed, first long-weekend, first romp in the sack, etc.
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