When you reach the "teen" years in your marriage — the 16th, 17th, 18th, and 19th wedding anniversaries — you may think that it's not as important to celebrate them as earlier ones. And because none of these years ends in a five or a zero, they are considered by outsiders as minor occasions. Yet you know that's simply not the case. Every one of these anniversary years is a life marker and blessed gift of togetherness.
Whether you've been raising children, working on your careers, planning (or worrying) about the future or all or some of the above, the teen years in a marriage can be trying ones due to life stresses. Marriage isn't easy, and there are times you may wonder if you made the right decision. That makes marking your annual milestone so much more important.
Even a night out and a nice dinner with no kids around can do wonders to revive the romance in a relationship. By now, you know each other so well that you might want to build some surprises into the celebration to make it even more special, such as giving your spouse a hand-written love letter that reflects on your time together. If you stay home, it could be fun to bake an anniversary cake together. Don't let the occasion pass without devoting some time to planning a future trip, even if it's a local jaunt to a winery or animal sanctuary or a day devoted to biking or hiking nearby.
Modern & Destination Celebrations by Year
While any couple that reaches their 16th, 17th, 18th, or 19th wedding anniversary certainly has an occasion worth celebrating, there are no traditional gifts associated with those anniversary years.The good news is that you have the option to go modern, take a trip to celebrate that anniversary, or even plan a vow renewal ceremony and party.
WEDDING ANNIVERSARY - YEARS 16-19
17th WEDDING ANNIVERSARY
Modern Anniversary Gift: Furniture
Travel Anniversary Gift Ideas: North Carolina
If you decide to take a trip this year, check the condition of the luggage stashed in your closet or basement ahead of time. If you haven't upgraded recently, you may want to modernize by getting a spinner (four-wheel) suitcase or a rolling duffel bag.
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