How to Celebrate Your Anniversary When You Are Apart

You can still celebrate your anniversary even when you and your significant other are far apart!

I can’t believe it is already our anniversary–today, Justin and I have been married four whole years! And what a lot has happened in those four years: 4 different homes, 1.5 kids, 3 different adult/full-time jobs between the two of us, 1 layoff, 4 cities, 2 states, 1 car dying, 1 car bought, and countless adventures and good memories.

Sadly, this year we will be spending our anniversary apart due to Justin’s training out of state for his new job. This is the first year that’s happened. Thankfully, I’ll see him this weekend. However, we know we aren’t the only couple to spend their anniversary apart. It happens often, for many reasons.

You can still celebrate your anniversary even when you and your significant other are far apart!

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Use Technology

Thank goodness for today’s technology. Justin and I will be texting all day and we will be able to FaceTime each other tonight after Rhys goes to bed. With technology, I don’t feel so distant from Justin. Make sure that you send love notes via text all day. Compliment each other. Be romantic and sappy. It’s your anniversary, after all!

Send Each Other Gifts

This year, Justin and I both bought each other gifts online. I got my gift last weekend, and was able to play it (the GameCube game, Pikmin, that I’ve wanted for years) with Justin. His gift is currently on its way. Don’t let each other know what it is–that way, it’ll be a surprise when it arrives!

Continue Your Traditions

If you have a certain tradition that you do on your anniversary, try to do it, even miles apart. Watch the same movie together and text/FaceTime while watching it. Play an online game together. Read a book then call and discuss it. Both go to a park where you each are, catch a few Pokemon, and chat about it.

Brag Online

Write a gooey, romantic post on social media, bragging about your significant other and tag them in it. That way, they will be sure to see how much they mean to you, as well as all your friends.

Postpone Celebrating

If your significant other is coming home soon, you could just postpone celebrating your anniversary. Justin will be home on Friday, and we will be going out to eat then, and renting a movie to watch while cuddling after Rhys goes to bed.

Send Flowers

You can always send flowers! ProFlowers is one of the best ways to show your love for your significant other when you are apart. It is super easy–look at ProFlowers’s anniversary collection of fresh flower bouquets, choose your significant others’ favorite, chose the vase, and purchase. They send the flowers within 48 hours, in a long-lasting wet styrofoam to keep them alive until they get to you. The package comes with instructions and flower food. I got these roses on Saturday, and they are still beautiful, alive, and kicking!

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You can still celebrate your anniversary even when you and your significant other are far apart!

You can still celebrate your anniversary even when you and your significant other are far apart!

You can still celebrate your anniversary even when you and your significant other are far apart!

You can still celebrate your anniversary even when you and your significant other are far apart!

Some packages even include an option for some gourmet chocolate-covered strawberries from Sherrie’s Berries. The berries are sent separately, but arrived the same day as the flowers. They were kept cold in a cooler package. Justin and I were able to enjoy the strawberries together before he left on Sunday. They were succulent and juicy and delicious!

You can still celebrate your anniversary even when you and your significant other are far apart!

You can still celebrate your anniversary even when you and your significant other are far apart!

You can still celebrate your anniversary even when you and your significant other are far apart!

You can still celebrate your anniversary even when you and your significant other are far apart!

*I received the bouquet and strawberries from ProFlowers which inspired this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own.*

Here is how we celebrated our previous anniversaries:

Year 1 — Lessons Learned

Year 1 — Camping at Lake Yuba

Year 2 — Night Out

Year 3 — A weekend without Rhys

Tayler from The Morrell Tale.com

Tayler is a work at home mom. She does free lance articles and dabbles in graphic design and virtual assisting for bloggers. She spent 3 years as a history and English teacher. Her passions are her husband, two children, history, reading, nature, and her Savior, Jesus Christ.

  • Your flowers are so lovely and Shari’s berries are the best! I can see Dean and I doing some of these ideas. Especially catching Poke’mon and playing a game together. Ours would most likely be MineCraft. Happy Anniversary!

    • Thank you so much, Jacie! We’ve learned in the past four years that anniversaries don’t have to be extravagant to be special.

  • Happy anniversary!! Chocolate-covered strawberries are a great way to celebrate! I’m glad Angel and I have always been together on our anniversaries (though a couple years we’ve done the actual celebrating on other days because of work schedules and stuff). Right now we’re apart and we’re writing daily emails just like the ‘good old’ pre-marriage days, haha! Doesn’t beat actually living in the same house though….

    • Why are you guys apart right now?

      • I’m traveling with my family while he’s at home.

  • Those berries look heavenly. Happy 4th anniversary!

    Your post takes me back since my husband and I spent a couple of years long distance before we got married. What got us through was technology, traditions, and the sustaining grace of God.

    • Definitely the sustaining grace of God! And I am so so so so very grateful for technology!!!

  • These are some great ideas. It sounds like you guys are doing a great job of keeping your relationship strong even when you’re apart!

    • Thank you! I think what really helped solidify our relationship was the fact that we were friends first and went through some big trials in our first year of marriage and came out stronger than ever.

  • Happy anniversary! <3 What a bummer that the two of you have to be apart! I hope you have something planned for after you're back together again!

    • Thank you. We had a lovely, low key weekend with each other when he came home. It was nice, but unplanned and calm.

  • Happy anniversary! Such great ideas too! That must be tough being apart on your anniversary!

    • It definitely was, especially since he had to work overtime and his office didn’t have reception, so we couldn’t really FaceTime or text.

  • Desiree @ Macke Monologues

    Happy Anniversary!!
    Due to Scott’s job, we’ve celebrated many birthdays and anniversaries apart. It’s tough, but we usually save our celebrating for when we are together. Though, I have to say, Scott earns major bonus points when he sends flowers while he’s gone. 🙂

    • AMEN! Major bonus points to ANY gift sent while the hubby is away!

  • Happy Anniversary! Sucks that you are apart but glad you are still finding a way to celebrate

  • Happy Anniversary!! Love the flowers 🙂

    • Thank you! They definitely were beautiful flowers!

  • Happy anniversary! These are all such great ideas. Anniversaries apart are never fun!

    • They really aren’t fun apart. Thank you, Rachel!

  • Happy anniversary! 🙂

  • Happy anniversary! Since having little e, we’ve been all about postponing celebrating for when we have a babysitter! I definitely think it’s important to do something. Each year of not killing each other is always a success! 😉

    • Hahaha, yes. Four years of definite success!

  • Happy Anniversary! I know it’s a bummer to be away from each other for your special day, but I like your attitude and the fact that you’re making it work.

    • Thank you so much, Karen!