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After you've found the love of your life, it can be easy to settle into a (somewhat monotonous) day-to-day routine. That's why anniversaries are an important day to remember and honor the love and magic that brought you two together.

While that can be done over a simple, homemade dinner, it never hurts to get a little extravagant every once in a while. Here are a few anniversary ideas that will take you right back to the moment you first felt those lovey-dovey feelings.

Recreate Your Wedding Night Menu

Chances are, you didn't get to eat this meal on your wedding night anyways - you were too busy chatting to your childhood neighbor and third cousin once removed. So whether or not you remember how the original tasted, dig out your wedding scrapbook and re-create your wedding meal for your anniversary.

If you can't cook, try to find something similar at a local restaurant - or ask a friend who is better in the kitchen. Accompany the meal with songs from your wedding and even dig out that old wedding video you paid a small fortune on and never remember to watch.

Have Your Own Personal Photo Shoot

Every year you change and grow, and so does your relationship. That's why a couples photoshoot is the perfect way to spend your anniversary. The pictures will help capture the relationship in its current state, so you can celebrate how far you've come as a couple and look back the things you've overcome.

Professional photographers can be expensive, so this could be a nice opportunity for your friends and family to pitch in to a Joyable fund and celebrate your relationship with you (the pictures will mean a lot more that flowers or cards).

Do Something New

Relationships need fresh experiences to flourish and your anniversary is the perfect excuse to knock something off you and your partner's bucket list. Whether its a hot air balloon ride, a pottery class or a night at the opera  - find something new that you both want to try.

A trip is another way to break up the sameness of everyday life and give you both a chance to experience each other in a new place. Whether it be Paris, Taipei, Seattle, or the bed and breakfast down the street, be sure to plan a trip that both partners can get excited about!

Renew Your Wedding Vows

This doesn't have to be a big event, just a chance to remind each other what you've committed to. While it might be romantic to say the same vows as your wedding day - we suggest including new vows as well. You probably understand your relationship much better now, and updating promises to fit the specific nuances of your partnership will be very impactful.

Depending on your relationship, it might be nice to invite a few friends or family members to join you for a small ceremony.

Can't decide what to do on your anniversary? Just remember you have a lifetime of them to celebrate. At the end of the day, what's most important is that both partners feel loved and appreciated by the other.