With wedding season in full swing, latest research commissioned by SuperBreak suggests that for those already married, the excitement of new love may not linger in the air for long. More than one in 10 (11 per cent) of wedded couples admitted to forgetting their first anniversary and, perhaps surprisingly, women pipped men to the post as the most forgetful gender. These results surprised all of us at House of Coco.
Bygone bridezillas were revealed to be the worst culprits for failing to treat their other halves to a surprise anniversary getaway or gift, being twice as likely as the groom to leave the preparations too late or forget the occasion altogether.
However, when it comes to personal relationship milestones, nearly half (49 per cent) claim to mark their own, alternative occasions. In a move away from the traditional, time-orientated calendar, the modern anniversary list as voted for by couples across the UK focuses on experiences together, with first selfies and changing the Facebook status to ‘in a relationship’ featuring in the top 10.
SuperBreak reveals the top 10 modern anniversary list:
- When they first met
- Their first date
- When they moved in together
- The first time saying ‘I love you’
- When they got engaged
- Their first kiss
- Their first holiday together
- The first time ‘staying over’
- Their first selfie together
- Changing the relationships status on Facebook
Anyone looking to make their other half feel special can rest assured the genders align when it comes to their preference in present – with a holiday, once in a lifetime experience and a surprise date night the top three anniversary gifts of choice for both men and women.
Jacquie Fisher at SuperBreak commented: “Whether remembering the time you took your first selfie together as a couple, or celebrating your 50thwedding anniversary, making the most of life’s special occasions is so important. We often hear from customers looking for inspiration for a romantic getaway – and with the research suggesting men and women prioritise experience-based milestones and gifts, planning a couples retreat could be just the ticket to make your next anniversary one to remember.”
For more information about SuperBreak and for inspiration for treating your loved ones to an anniversary break, visit www.superbreak.com.
Anniversary gift ideas:
The Romantic Holiday: celebrate in the City of Love – from £183 per person
What better location to celebrate your relationship than in the capital of romance, Paris? Prepare to fall in love with the city’s timeless ambience and stunning architecture on your cultural getaway. With easy travel from the UK via Eurostar, this package includes three nights at the 3* Timhotel National hotel with breakfast. Add on a choice of sightseeing tickets from champagne tasting to panoramic city tours make it a break to remember.
Price: From £183 per person including return Eurostar tickets and three nights’ accommodation staying at the 3* Timhotel National including breakfast. Valid for arrival 11th September 2015.
The Once-in-a-Lifetime Experience: see the spell-binding Northern Lights – from £309.25 per person
Create memories that will last a lifetime on an Icelandic adventure. This awe-inspiring package includes flights and three nights’ accommodation in Reykjavik, exploring the most Northerly capital city in the World with its exciting culture and cuisine, as well as tickets to attend the Search for the Northern Lights Tour.
Price: From £309.25 per person including return flights from London Gatwick to Reykjavik (Keflavik) airport with Icelandair including one checked-in bag per person, three nights’ accommodation staying at the 3* CenterHotel Plaza Return including breakfast, plus tickets for the Search for the Northern Lights Tour. Valid for arrival 9th November 2015.
The Surprise Date Night: a Beautiful London theatre break – from £81.50 per person
Treat your loved one to a show-stopping date night in the capital with West End theatre tickets to see the critically acclaimed production – Beautiful. Nominated for seven Tony Awards and hailed as the female version of Jersey Boys, Beautiful features an incredible soundtrack of Carole King’s biggest hits. Regional rail packages can be added to all UK bookings for the complete short break.
Price: From £81.50 per person including one night’s accommodation staying at the 3* Ibis Styles London Excel hotel with breakfast, plus top price evening tickets to see Beautiful – the Carol King Story. Valid for arrival 20th July 2015.