1 Year Dating Anniversary Ideas

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So you and your partner have been dating for a year now – Congratulations! That’s a huge milestone in your relationship.

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By now you’ve probably made some great memories together and have maybe even pushed through some tough times. So a moment like this should be celebrated!

1 Year Dating Anniversary Ideas

Here are some of our favorite 1 year dating anniversary ideas.

Spa Date

Relationships aren’t easy. While the good moments should always outweigh the bad, even the best relationships have their struggles.

You are two individual people trying to function together as one. That’s hard. So for your first anniversary, maybe you just want to treat yourselves with a nice relaxing spa date

There’s so many different directions you can take this kind of date. A massage, a facial, a hot tub and sauna.

Not to mention all the other spa options – salt therapy, beer spas, hot springs – the list goes on and on.

Or, you could even do your own spa date at home. Run a nice hot bubble bath, and then treat each other to a romantic candlelit couples massage!


Your one year dating anniversary is a huge milestone in your relationship – and it should be a memorable one.

Of course, even the best memories can fade.

But one surefire way to keep your memories strong is to snap a photo of them! So why not have your own 1 year anniversary photoshoot?

Hire a photographer, find a scenic location, get dressed up, and make the moment last a lifetime. 

Private Culinary Experience

It’s one thing to take your partner for a dinner date , but a private culinary experience takes things to an entirely other level.

Avoid the busy restaurants and have your own private chef come cook for you right in your own home.

Or if you prefer the restaurant experience, some professional chefs do offer a backstage culinary experience right in the restaurant itself. 

Here you can watch the chef prepare your meal and even learn some valuable cooking skills along the way.

It makes for a unique, intimate, and romantic experience that ends in a delicious meal.

Wine Tasting

Wine and romance just seem to pair well together. And now is your excuse to try all of the finest wines that your area has to offer.

For your first year anniversary, book yourself a private wine tasting experience.

If you have multiple wineries in the area, there may also be a full day tour that takes you to several different wineries. 

If you don’t have many wineries in your area, you could also go to your local wine tasting bar or host your own wine tasting night at home with some of your favourite wines and a nice charcuterie board.

Either way, you can’t go wrong with wine. 

Dance Lessons

You might not be booking your wedding venue quite yet (or maybe you are), but you can always start preparing for your first dance early!

Of course, even if marriage isn’t on your roster, dance lessons can be a great way to be intimate with your partner while at the same time learning a new skill. 


You don’t have to spend any money to have a memorable date. All you need is a blanket, some snacks, and the stars above!

Curl up together under the night sky as you watch the stars dance above you with these romantic stargazing dates.

See how many constellations you can find, imagine the vastness of the universe, throw on some light music, and dance in the moonlight!

Recreate Your First Date

Your anniversary is super special but so was your first date! After all, if it wasn’t for your first date the two of you wouldn’t be together now!

Do you remember what your first official date was? Spend your anniversary recreating it! 

Dine where you dined, walk where you walked, whatever you did that first meeting, do it again! If you want to spice things up, you could even role play that you’re meeting each other again for the very first time. 

Hot Air Balloon Ride

If you’re looking for a peaceful date where you can enjoy some silence and the simple company of one another, there’s few things more romantic than flying through the sky in a hot air balloon. When in the sky you’ll be able to see everything for miles upon miles. Add in a sunset and a champagne toast, and that’s what we call Notebook romance. 

Plan A Trip

Your first year anniversary is a great time to plan a trip together (or actually take one) ! Where do the two of you want to go to celebrate your love? Will you go to Paris? Italy? Or maybe Alaska? Or maybe you’ll just do a staycation at home? What will you do when you get there? Where will you eat? What sights will you see?  It really doesn’t matter, as long as you’re planning for the future together! 

Create A Scrapbook

By now, you’ve probably made some pretty amazing memories together. So why not create a scrapbook to cherish and keep those memories safe? Take all your favorite pictures, combine them with any other keepsakes you may have (concert tickets, movie tickets, etc), and make a memory book that will last forever. Work on the pages together and create even more memories as you’re making your book. 

One Year Anniversary Date Ideas

  • Take a weekend getaway to a nearby city or town that you’ve always wanted to visit
  • Plan a romantic picnic in a scenic outdoor location, like a park or beach
  • Have a fancy dinner at a restaurant you’ve always wanted to try, or one that has sentimental value for you both
  • Go on a helicopter tour for a unique and memorable experience
  • Take a cooking class together and learn how to make a special meal or dessert

  • Plan a fun and active day trip, like going on a hike or bike ride.
  • Visit an amusement park or water park
  • Make it a romantic sunset date or nighttime stroll on the beach or along a scenic path
  • Have a couples spa day and pamper yourselves with massages, facials, and other relaxing treatments
  • Rent a convertible or luxury car and take a scenic drive through the countryside

  • Go on a romantic weekend camping trip and spend your days hiking and exploring the outdoors
  • Plan a surprise date day, where you surprise your partner with a day filled with activities that they love
  • Go on a hot springs or spa retreat to unwind and relax together
  • Take a dance class together and learn a new style of dance, like salsa or ballroom dancing
  • Have a themed dinner party, like a 1920s speakeasy or a tropical luau, and dress up in costumes

  • Book a private wine or cheese tasting and sample a variety of flavors together
  • Take a painting or pottery class and create art together that you can display in your home
  • Visit a nearby city and go on a food or bar crawl, trying out different restaurants and bars
  • Plan a movie night in, complete with homemade popcorn, cozy blankets, and your favorite romantic films.

Of course, these are just a few of the many things that you might decide to do on your 1 year dating anniversary.

Maybe you’d also like to go on a romantic picnic, go to a concert, or even volunteer together.

Some couples might even just want to have a night in with a nice bubble bath, some Netflix and chill, and breakfast in bed the next day. 

It really doesn’t matter what you’re doing. The point is that the two of you are together, doing something you both love, and celebrating your year of happiness.

Sara, a seasoned expert in wedding planning and date ideas, brings a wealth of experience to our couples blog. With a background in the television industry and hands-on involvement in a dozen weddings, including working as a wedding assistant on "My Fair Wedding with David Tutera," Sara has an innate understanding of the magic that makes weddings truly special. Growing up with four sisters has given her unique insights into the dating world, making her a go-to source for practical and heartfelt dating advice. Her knowledge and enthusiasm make her the perfect guide for couples seeking to infuse their relationships with creativity and love.

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