5 Year Anniversary

Do you have a Bucket List?

You know, a list of all the things you want to do before you die (i.e., before you "kick the bucket").

There's no better time than the 5 year anniversary to begin the journey to fulfilling your dreams. And what better way to do it than with the person you love the most!


The 5 year anniversary is considered the first major milestone anniversary. If you've spent quiet evenings at home together for the first 4 anniversaries, then it's time to get out there and truly celebrate!

Below you will find lots of great ways to spend your 5 year anniversary and some fantastic goals to check off on your couples bucket list. And if you need gift ideas, be sure to check out our 5 year anniversary gifts page.

Wood Stump

The material traditionally associated with the 5 year anniversary is wood.

If you're having trouble coming up with ways to incorporate wood into your anniversary, think "trees."

In other words,
consider the great outdoors, your own backyard, or a forest theme when planning your anniversary

Over the Treetops

Looking for something romantic that you've never done before? How about floating over the treetops in a hot-air balloon?

What could be more romantic than soaring through the sky while watching the sun rise or set over the horizon?

Hot Air Balloon Above The Treetops

A little on the pricey side, about $150-$200, but aren't the two of you worth it?

Pack a champagne breakfast, picnic lunch, or gourmet dinner to take with you.

Then schedule a wine tasting and stay at a nearby bed and breakfast.

Just make sure to check this one off your bucket list!

Hot Air Balloon Over Water

Buy an Experience

Another treetop idea to go with the wood theme of the 5th anniversary is to fly the friendly skies in style.

Buy an experience. Try skydiving, hang gliding, or a helicopter ride.

After all, it is your 5th anniversary. Do something wild! For about $100-$200, you're guaranteed to have the thrill of a lifetime.


How's that bucket list coming? If you haven't experienced the rush of falling to the earth at 120 mph from 13,000 feet above ground, well, you just haven't lived yet! Don't you want to do that together?

Not wild enough? Ask your instructor about accelerated free falls!

Too wild? Try indoor skydiving. Surely you can brave a 100 ft. vertical wind tunnel!


For a slower pace, check out hang gliding or paragliding. They are great fun too.

Or take a luxury helicopter ride or tour over the grand canyon or the city or town you live in.

Don't forget to check this experience off your bucket list!

Helicopter Ride


A nice, quiet date for a 5 year anniversary is to rent a wood canoe for a few hours. A warm, sunny day can bring the perfect opportunity for a romantic time at the lake.

Pack a picnic lunch and head for calm waters. Once downstream, pull to the water's edge, lay a blanket down, and enjoy the serenity of nature with your best friend.

Wood Canoe


Camping in the woods fits perfectly with the wood theme of the 5th anniversary.

But you don't necessarily have to take a trip to the forest to have a good time. How about camping in your own backyard?

Pitch a tent near a tree, build a fire in a fire pit, roast marshmallows, and make s'mores.


If you or your spouse are musical, an extra romantic touch would be a serenade with or without an acoustic guitar.

Hang pictures on a tree using rope and clothespins and reflect together on your relationship.

Carve your initials into the tree. Then cuddle together in a sleeping bag next to the fire and gaze at the stars in the night sky.

Roasting Marshmallows

Plant a Tree or Garden

Consider planting a tree or a garden together.

You can then watch it grow throughout the years just as your love for each other grows.

To help you decide what type of tree to plant, consider the tree's symbolism:

Plant a Garden
  • Apple = youth & happiness
  • Cherry = rebirth
  • Oak = strong, enduring love
  • Birch = new beginnings
  • Cedar = healing
  • Pine = evergreen love
  • Wisteria = romance
  • Willow = healing
  • Maple = promise
Plant a Tree
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