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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

happyAnniversaryCopyright © 2012 – Larry James. This idea is adapted from Larry’s “romantic” Wedding Website. Larry James is an award winning, non-denominational wedding officiant and performs the most “Romantic” wedding ceremony you will find anywhere! Every wedding ceremony is customized to your complete satisfaction. Call to check availability: 480-998-9411 or Cell: 480-205-3694. Pre-maritial relationship coaching is available and not required. You will find more than 470 pages of Wedding ideas, tips (90 tips and growing), ceremonies, and more at: http://www.celebrateintimateweddings.com. Something NEW about weddings is posted every 4th day on this Wedding BLOG. Check Larry’s availability.

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Saturday, February 25, 2012

How to Remember Your Wedding Anniversary

Filed under: Anniversary Date — Larry James @ 8:00 am

Celebrating a wedding anniversary is both exciting, fun and romantic! It’s a celebration of your love for one another. Make it special. It’s also an opportunity to look back at your wedding day and assess how far you’ve come as a couple. Make it an anniversary week. Celebrate more than just one day.

AnniversaryRewind to your wedding. Dig out the wedding photo album and reminisce. Talk about how you met, your dates, engagement, wedding and honeymoon. Watch your wedding video. Have a private dance on the back patio to the music of your first dance on your wedding day. Get away from the busyness of life and take time for the two of you. Make it a week-long celebration.

Everyone knows that your wedding anniversary is the anniversary of the date your wedding took place but sometimes it can be forgotten. That could cause a stressful situation and is never a good idea.

Most people have a daily planner or a family wall calendar. Make sure you mark your wedding anniversary in your planner, and make sure you write it in BIG letters with “hearts” around the date so you will remember. Also note what anniversary (how many years) you will be celebrating.

Make notes to yourself in your smart phone, iPod, and your computer. Plan ahead. Don’t just log the date, post a reminder at least a month before so you can begin to make special plans to celebrate.

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!

Listen for hints of ideas something special that your partner may like to have as a gift. It’s okay to drop some hints. Sometime guys don’t know what to do. Put your wedding photo on the coffee table the week before your anniversary. Wedding anniversaries, like other celebrated days, are worth putting some time and effort into making that day something to be remembered.

On the wedding day you can give each other gifts. Below you’ll find some traditional and modern gift ideas for each anniversary year.

1st Year
Traditional gift – Paper
Modern gift – Clocks

2nd Year
Traditional gift – Cotton
Modern gift – China

3rd Year
Traditional gift – Leather
Modern gift – Crystal/glass

Guys: Don’t wait for her to say, “Do you know what day it is, dear?” She will forgive you, but she won’t forget it.

4th Year
Traditional gift – Fruit/flowers
Modern gift – Appliances

5th Year
Traditional gift – Wood
Modern gift – Silverware

6th Year
Traditional gift – Candy/iron
Modern gift – Wood

7th Year
Traditional gift – Wool/copper
Modern gift – Desk sets

8th Year
Traditional gift – Bronze/pottery
Modern gift – Linens/lace

9th Year
Traditional gift – Pottery/willow
Modern gift – Leather

10th Year
Traditional gift – Tin/aluminum
Modern gift – Diamond jewellery

Keep the fire alive by recreating your honeymoon! If you never took a honeymoon, plan a trip to somewhere you have both always wanted to visit. Make a bucket list of exciting things to do on each anniversary for the future. Call Larry James for some exciting news about a romantic honeymoon at Sandals Resorts. Larry is a Certified Sandals Specialist.

Renew your wedding vows either privately each year in the quiet of your home or in an official renewal ceremony to mark a 5th, 10th or more anniversary. Involve the entire family. Every couple I marry receives a copy of their wedding ceremony on parchment paper. If you have the words from your ceremony use them to reaffirm your vows or make some new promises to each other.

Never, ever forget your wedding anniversary!

Copyright © 2012 – Larry James. This idea is adapted from Larry’s “romantic” Wedding Website. Larry James is an award winning, non-denominational wedding officiant and performs the most “Romantic” wedding ceremony you will find anywhere! Every wedding ceremony is customized to your complete satisfaction. Call to check availability: 480-998-9411 or 800-725-9223. Pre-maritial relationship coaching is available and not required. You will find more than 470 pages of Wedding ideas, tips (90 tips and growing), ceremonies, and more at: http://www.celebrateintimateweddings.com. Something NEW about weddings is posted every 4th day on this Wedding BLOG. Check Larry’s availability.

Subscribe to Larry’s FREE monthly “LoveNotes for Lovers” eZINE. Contact: CelebrateIntimateWeddings.com, P.O. Box 12695, Scottsdale, AZ 85267-2695. – CelebrateIntimateWeddings.com

NOTE: All articles, “LoveNotes” and wedding tips listed in this Wedding BLOG – written by Larry James – are available for reprint in magazines, periodicals, newsletters, newspapers, eZINEs, on the Internet or on your own Website. Click here for details.

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