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Monday, July 30, 2012

Hey, Guys! NEVER Forget Your Wedding Anniversary!

I hear it all the time, husbands getting in trouble because they’re forgotten their wedding anniversary. Women love to be shown that their husbands remembered their special day. One way husbands can achieve this is to do things that make sure that they do not forget their wedding anniversary.

anniversaryForgetting a wedding anniversary can be devastating for both the husband and the wife and it could happen to anyone. We all know someone who has made this mistake. Never let it happen again! It is much easier to avoid the mistake than to repair the damage.

Dr. Herb Goldberg, a Psychologist and author of “What Men Still Don’t Know About Women, Relationships, and Love” and “What Men Really Want” suggests that men forget important dates like birthdays and anniversaries because they are wired to focus on the external threats and pressures of the world outside of their “safe” relationships.

Dr. Goldberg notes that many men have excellent memories of these important dates in the early days of the relationship while they are still focused on winning their partners affection but as time passes their attention moves away to new challenges and they may forget what was once so easy and natural to remember.

That’s great, but it is hardly a good excuse to forget the day you married your sweetheart. We need to treat this problem as a serious blind-spot in men. An anniversary date is important stuff! The key to remembering wedding anniversaries and other important dates is to provide visual reminders of the event.

Here are a few ways that will help you to never have to spend another wedding anniversary in the spare bedroom, on the sofa or in the doghouse again.

• Change the password to one of your most frequently visited Websites to the date of your anniversary
• Use the Google Calender do this for free
• Set an alarm or calender on your cell phone, PDA, and iPad
• Marry your girlfriend on your birthday
• Mark your wedding anniversary in your daily planner
• Embroider your anniversary date on a pillow
• Combine a calendar with a highlighter to color-coordinate your anniversary date
• Design and engrave your anniversary date on a key chain or bracelet
• Arrange to have a close friend send you a reminder at least 2 weeks before your anniversary
• Get married on Valentine’s Day
• Make a “Special Dates Reminder” frame —>
• Design your own calendar with a wedding photo and your anniversary date on the month of your wedding
• Get a tattoo and put it someplace where it doesn’t show in public but a place that you see everyday 😉

The best way to celebrate a wedding anniversary is to plan for it beforehand. In addition to the reminders on the actual day of your anniversary, do everything above the same way but schedule it for a month in advance, the first day of the calendar month, a week in advance and three days in advance. This way, you will be receiving prompts all the way up to your anniversary. In other words, “Plan Ahead!

Some suggest engraving your anniversary date on the inside of your wedding ring. Not the best idea. It probably only works if you remember to take your ring off and look at the date. You may want to engrave both rings on the date of your first anniversary.

Some online anniversary reminder services will let you log the anniversary date and will send you an e-mail reminder about a week or two before your anniversary. Click here or here!

Remembering to send an anniversary card has never been easier, thanks to companies that offer paper, personalized greeting cards online. Companies like enGreet allow husbands and wives to select a card, personalize it and send it out on a scheduled date for a fee similar to buying a card in a store.

BONUS Article: How to Remember Your Wedding Anniversary

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1 Comment »

  1. You’re right – getting married on Valentine’s Day is a great idea because it will be impossible to forget! But it may mean that going out to dinner, buying flowers, etc., may be more expensive and more difficult as everyone else is also celebrating the day. A friend of mine got married on Veterans’ Day because it will always be a day off from work, and another got married the day after Thanksgiving for the same reason. I think associating your wedding with almost any holiday can be very effective.

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