When Father's Day falls on your Anniversary: how to make both special

When Father’s Day Falls on your Anniversary: How to Make Both Special

June 13, 2016 in Family

Some special occasions just can’t stay put and Father’s Day is one of them! One year Father’s Day is on the 21st of June and the next year it’s on the 19th. When you decide to get married in June like we did, you never think about your anniversary falling at the same time as Father’s Day, and who would? I know I didn’t! Looking back now, I see why that date was mysteriously wide open..  As the happiest day of your life turns into the day you celebrate the man of your life for being a fantastic father, it may be hard to make both celebrations feel special.

These tips will help you make each celebration special for both of you:

Plan Ahead of Time

If you know that your anniversary is going to fall on Father’s Day, make sure you plan ahead of time. You don’t want to be saying Happy Father’s Day while forgetting to say happy anniversary. Make arrangements for both celebrations to be special.

Celebrate on Different Days

Father’s Day is always the 3rd Saturday of June. That means if Father’s Day falls on your anniversary, you have a whole weekend to celebrate both! Choose a different day to celebrate. Instead of trying to make both events happy on the same day, pick a day that works for everyone. You could even celebrate your anniversary a week early or later while celebrating Father’s Day the week of.

Go on Vacation as a Family

Kill two birds with one stone. A family vacation allows Dad relax and you both get a second honeymoon in the process. (thank me later). Everyone is happy even the kids. Taking a family vacation gives you all time to enjoy each other while also enjoying a little R&R and maybe sneaking in a little romance.

Remember to Get Separate Cards

Your anniversary and Father’s Day are both equally important. You celebrate your life together, but you also celebrate the wonderful father your husband has become and all of the Father’s in your life. There really is no way around it. Get a card for each occasion. Even if one of you has to open two cards, you want to recognize that both events are worth dedicating your time to.

Get a Gift for a Different Day

Father’s Day isn’t just about your husband being a father; it’s also about celebrating your own fathers. Many times a weekend just isn’t enough to celebrate both. Instead of making reservations on your anniversary, give the reservation gift the day of your anniversary, but schedule it for a different date. This shows you didn’t forget the anniversary, but you realize there’s just no way you can do both. 

Do Something You Both Enjoy

Since the day is going to be about both of you, do something for each person. Get a couple’s massage, head on out to his favourite sports game, maybe a hike, and then finish your night off at a restaurant you both like. When it comes to marriage, there will always be compromises. Having your anniversary fall on Father’s Day every few years is a great reminder to practice compromising. 

You don’t have to fret when holidays move around. Marriage is all about sacrifice, compromise, and loving each other no matter what. Communicate with each other about the circumstance and make both occasions special.

What ways do you make Father’s Day and your anniversary special when they fall on the same day?

I would love to know in the comments below!

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22 Comments

  • Reply Dawn @SimpleandSavoury June 15, 2016 at 1:31 pm

    Wow, you’ll have a busy day. That’s ok, you seem to have it all down pat. Have a super Father’s Day and HAPPY ANNIVERSARY!

  • Reply kerrie June 15, 2016 at 10:31 am

    Father’s Day often falls on my Dad’s bday so we celebrate both the same day. But unlike most father’s he gets a cake and lots of gifts!

  • Reply Little Miss Kate (@LilMissKateCo) June 14, 2016 at 9:58 pm

    Ah yes, you don’t really thing about the timing of Mothers/Fathers Day until you become parents! I feel like we have been celebrating non-stop for the last month – Mother’s day, Hub’s B-day, now Father’s Day. Lots to celebrate in a short amount of time.

  • Reply Jenna Em June 14, 2016 at 5:19 pm

    My son’s birthday will fall on Father’s Day next year. To make his birthday special, we will not be celebrating both occasions on the same date.

  • Reply Amy Desrosiers June 14, 2016 at 11:41 am

    Great ideas! I would certainly so something fun with my family during the day and reserve the night for my husband and I.

  • Reply Liz Mays June 14, 2016 at 10:11 am

    I’m of the mindset on splitting them into separate days. Neither one of them deserves to be shortchanged!

  • Reply Aimee June 14, 2016 at 3:18 am

    This happens with Mother’s Day and my husband’s birthday all the time! We just make sure we each get a day that is special, it doesn’t matter what day it actually falls on. These are great ideas.

  • Reply Crystal June 14, 2016 at 1:12 am

    My daughter’s birthday falls on a holiday, so we have had lots of experience trying to fit two celebrations into one day. Your ideas are great for making each special.

  • Reply Lisa (fabfrugalmama) June 14, 2016 at 12:34 am

    I can relate to this post because my birthday often falls on another holiday and the ‘specialness’ of one can really outshine the other! I love your tip about getting separate cards…that’s my pet peeve, so I’m glad you raised that point? Lol I really shouldn’t complain; my family loves me and makes my day special…it’s just a little disappointing to not get TWO special days.

  • Reply Autumn June 14, 2016 at 12:20 am

    My son’s birthday is on Father’s Day many times. It does make it hard to manage with others, but for us it’s a power-packed weekend of parties:)

  • Reply Ann Bacciaglia June 14, 2016 at 12:13 am

    It would be different having to celebrate both on the same day. There are a ton of ways to make the day special.

  • Reply Lisa Bristol June 14, 2016 at 12:12 am

    I think it would be fun to celebrate both on the same day. You can spend the day celebrating Fathers day and the evening can be all about the anniversary.

  • Reply Jennifer June 13, 2016 at 11:35 pm

    Having two celebrations on the same day can be tricky. I love the idea of celebrating one on a different day so each can get the attention it deserves.

  • Reply Clarissa June 13, 2016 at 10:39 pm

    I like the idea of celebrating on different days so that you can make each celebration separate. Thanks for the tips!

  • Reply Mistee Dawn June 13, 2016 at 10:24 pm

    What great ideas. I can see how that would be difficult. My Mom and Dad’s anniversary was very close to falling on my birthday!

  • Reply Chelley @ A is for Adelaide June 13, 2016 at 9:55 pm

    I love the idea of going away as a family- helping to make it a whole celebration!

  • Reply Kathy June 13, 2016 at 9:03 pm

    Mine don’t fall on the same day, but I could think of some great things to do. You could still go out to eat or out to a movie. There are a lot of ways to celebrate them both together!

  • Reply Aubrey" June 13, 2016 at 8:32 pm

    Not an issue in my house, but i have family who’s birthday lands on christmas and these are good ideas for that kinda thing too!

  • Reply alalisainfo June 13, 2016 at 7:47 pm

    Totally agree with celebrating on two different days. If you mesh both celebrations together, they each kind of lose meaning. You want to make sure that each one can stand out on its own and will always hold meaning.

  • Reply Jeanette June 13, 2016 at 7:45 pm

    Our doesn’t fall on Father’s day, but it is a few days short from Valentines day! We will have to keep these in mind for then!

  • Reply Tara June 13, 2016 at 5:20 pm

    All good tips, sometimes things coincide, but you always can make the best of it. Celebrate both together or separately!!

  • Reply Robin Rue June 13, 2016 at 5:19 pm

    These are awesome ways to make sure each occasion gets acknowledged and celebrated separately!

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