Celebrating Your 1st Anniversary!

1rst Anniversary

The first year of marriage is full of adjustments, compromises, and negotiations.

Now that you have made it through 364 days of marriage, it’s important to make your first year anniversary celebration memorable and exciting.

Celebrating your 1st wedding anniversary is a clear sign to your spouse that the marriage is a priority. Make the first one great and you will be on your way to building a great future.

Traditionally in the US, the first year anniversary includes a gift of stationery, which represents strength, and in the UK cotton is the traditional gift of choice. Some traditions require the bride and groom to eat the top layer of their wedding cake to commemorate the joyous occasion. If you are seeking some ideas think about the ones below:

Top 10 Gift Ideas:
1. Picture Frame
2. Event Tickets (sports, concert, or play)
3. Love Letter
4. Tech or Gadgets (iPad, laptop, eReader)
5. Personalized Clock
6. Watch/Jewelry
7. Message in a Bottle
8. Love Coupons
9. Appliances
10. Weekend Getaway

A thoughtful first anniversary celebration leads to wonderful stories to be told to the grandkids for generations to come. Some may opt for expensive jewelry and others a hand written note, while some married couples prefer a weekend getaway. Make sure whatever you do, don’t forget your first anniversary and make it very special!

Aprelle Duany
Aprelle Duany describes herself as a nerd who adores fashion. After years of climbing the corporate ladder, Duany became detached from calculating billable hours and chasing corporate clients. She longed to reconnect with her creative gifts. Upon graduating as Summa Cum Laude at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York, Duany was excited about the opportunities that lay ahead of her, designing at top fashion houses. Little did she know her life would take a drastic turn. That same year, she married her college sweetheart, Kueth Duany. Longing to help redevelop his home country, the two journeyed nearly 7,000 miles from NYC to the newest country on Earth, South Sudan. Landing in South Sudan was a shock! Transitioning from the 24/7 life of NYC to a place with no electricity, no plumbing, and no roads was unimaginable. Although the challenge of a lifetime, Duany began to uncover the mystery of this new world. Her discovery was a result of appreciating the simplicities of life. Eventually, she realized the beauty which became the inspiration to create a luxury lifestyle brand, APRELLEDUANY, that would offer others exclusive access to the true African experience. She currently resides in Nairobi, Kenya with her husband and two daughters. Duany loves to write about fashion, accessories, luxury brands, IT, travel, and the beauty of Africa. Favorite quote: "Go confidently in the direction of your dreams! Live the life you’ve imagined." – Thoreau
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