If you’re a fan of the TV series, “How I met your mother”, (and you should be! Lily and Marshall – played by Jason Segel and Alyson Hannigan – were pretty much couple goals) you may remember this. Lily and Marshall had this airport pick up tradition since their sophomore year (2nd Year) in college.

Whenever either of them came back from a trip, he/she must bring a six-pack beer from the destination and the other wears a chauffeur hat to meet him/her at the airport. In one episode they thought the tradition was becoming unnecessary and decided to drop it.  At the last minute, they realised the importance of silly traditions and decided to keep it.  Yay!

Before we got married, I thought of all the cute things we’ll do every day and all the amazing marriage traditions we’ll have. We’ve managed to keep some, we started some and forgot about them, and sometimes life just gets in the way and we can’t all be Lily and Marshall.

But I think marriage traditions are important, and a great habit for young couples to have. The daily ones are great, but realistically speaking they could easily get lost in our daily hustle. As for the occasional ones, to be honest I’m probably not going to be able to meet you at the airport every time.

So, I think it’s useful to have some broad ones which are easier to live by. Here’s my Top 4:

Traditions for young couples

Romantic traditions for young couples

1. PhotoShoot

Even though holiday and car selfies are great, I think there’s something awesome about getting all dressed up and taking professional photos. You could choose the theme for each photo – casual, outdoor, evening, costumes etc.  Or maybe even do something much more intriguing – like wearing the same kind of outfits and take a photo in the same position/poses each year. i.e white top and blue jeans, with the man carrying the woman. (As an aside, it’ll be interesting to see when the man would not be able to carry her again.  Seems like a motivation for both of you to keep fit!). Even when the kids come, it’s important that you have these alone pictures.  A man did something similar with his son each year for twenty-nine years!  It was amazing. You should check it out here.

2. Holiday Tradition

A million ideas for this one! And the good part, you get to pick the holiday.

So you could decide to have a special meal at Easter or do something special with Easter Eggs. Or on Christmas Eve, sit in similar PJs and watch the same Christmas movie or re-runs of your favourite shows. Or pop a bottle of Champagne at New Year and write down your goals for the new year (which you review the next year).

fun things for new couple

3. Vacation Somewhere New

While we all want to take vacations every day to exotic locations, it’s probably not so easy. But it’s necessary to take a holiday to some new location every year! It doesn’t have to be international travel, just step away from your routine locations.  You could incorporate fun ideas into it, and have mini vacation traditions such as writing your names on every beach you visit or taking a photo of your shadow and framing such pictures.  If possible, alternate who gets to pick the vacation spot and if you can swing it – make it a complete surprise from the other person each year. There’s something so refreshing about looking at your old vacation photos!

4. That Special Activity

If there’s a special activity that you both like to do, then definitely go for it and make a big deal out of it – as something to look forward to once a year! So maybe running, cycling, video-gaming, cooking a special dish or baking. You could organise a race or a bake-off event and have an actual competition or just for the fun of it. You could go the extra mile and do such as a means of raising money for charity. If there’s nothing you can think of, just find something seemingly ordinary that you both love to do, but make it a bigger deal.

The great thing about this list is that you can plan intentionally so there’s something to do every quarter of the year! For example, If you plan your annual photos for February; you can go on holiday in June, choose your special activity for September and then your holiday traditions at Christmas! That way there’s some fun tradition every three months.

What do you think? Any traditions you currently have/plan to have? What else can we add to this list?

Love,

Kachee… xx

pS: I think we did the Champagne and goals thing in 2014 but misplaced the piece of paper! How serious of us.

ppS: It’s one thing to take Christmas Photos and plan to give out cards, it’s another to actually give out the cards! We still have a few from last year. I saw this happening, so I didn’t include the year on the cards. I’ll give them out again this year.  Hahahaha. You can see the cards on my Instagram – @KacheeTee

pppS: This is my 50th Post!!! Gosh. It’s almost unbelievable. Thank you for reading!


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  1. Toluwalade Toyin-Kehinde

    May 31, 2016 at 17:01

    I agree with the whole having a tradition thing. We have a new years tradition in my fam where we spend majority of the 1st day visiting grandparents from both sides. My parents also have this summer vacation tradition which i’m still mad i never get to tag along because medical school is on a different calendar. 🙁 I’ll just do my own back when my personal wallet agrees with me haha.Toyinwithfashion

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    • Kachee || KacheeTee.com

      June 2, 2016 at 10:36

      Traditions are great! Don’t worry you and Bae will start yours and your parents will be jealous. Because of this photo, my family now organised a Christmas shoot. Lol!

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  2. sasha anderson

    May 31, 2016 at 17:47

    So creative! These are really good ideas :DxoSEsashaelizabeth.com

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    • Kachee || KacheeTee.com

      June 2, 2016 at 10:37

      Thank you Sasha!

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  3. Precious

    May 31, 2016 at 17:48

    Congrats on your 50th post!!! You go girl!I love the idea of doing a professional photoshoot. This has inspired me to plan on one. Thank you!The special thing we do together right now is playing tennis. Right now we play almost every other day and it is a lot of fun!About vacations, hmmmm. We’ve been stuck in the same location for over two years and the Mr. N doesn’t look like he even wants to shake lol. I just want to go somewhere for a while… even if it is Bangladesh. Lolwww.preciouscore.com

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    • Kachee || KacheeTee.com

      June 2, 2016 at 13:50

      Yay! I know you’ll share the pictures with us. I love that you both play tennis together. I’ve always wanted to learn because Tee plays sometimes.Hahaha. Maybe consider a Stay-cation somewhere closeby? Please don’t go to Bangladesh biko.

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  4. Adaeze

    May 31, 2016 at 20:19

    I know my card is one of those still lying in your house. 😢 So I guess I will receive double this time.Well I love the idea of taking pix in places visited. Thanks for that and also we jog together and gym together and I really enjoy that.

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    • Kachee || KacheeTee.com

      June 2, 2016 at 13:50

      Your card is definitely here! Lool. My FitFam friends. Keep jogging!

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  5. Stephylately

    May 31, 2016 at 21:52

    Photo shoots are definitely exciting. My bf and I recently had a photoshoot and it was so much fun. Now we going to find a tradition to adopt apart from date night . Lovely post, I will take on the travelling tip.www.stephylately.com

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    • Kachee || KacheeTee.com

      June 2, 2016 at 13:51

      Glad you found this useful. I think Photoshoots are fun. My husband doesn’t. Lol

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  6. Motunrayo Shafau

    June 1, 2016 at 09:26

    Yay for 50th post! I’ve read every one of them. Keep them coming!

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    • Kachee || KacheeTee.com

      June 2, 2016 at 13:51

      You, Motunrayo are amazing! Thank you. I’ll do my best.

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  7. Berry Dakara

    June 1, 2016 at 13:25

    Woot woot! Love the ideas. The photo shoots won’t work for us because someone hates matching clothes and gets impatient. Something we used to do that I miss was rubbing each other’s feet at the same time before going to bed. :(Berry Dakara Blog

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    • Kachee || KacheeTee.com

      June 2, 2016 at 13:55

      Hahahahahaha. Berry oh. But you don’t have to do matching clothes now. Tip Schedule the shoot ad maybe pay for it, then he has no choice. Lol.Ah, those daily rituals seem to fall off along the line. Really for the strong-willed.

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  8. kiky

    June 2, 2016 at 22:28

    Nicee Kachi. I will def introduce some couple traditions soon *wink*

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    • Kachee || KacheeTee.com

      June 3, 2016 at 16:22

      You should! *wink wink*

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  9. Ifeoma Eni-Kalu

    June 3, 2016 at 12:01

    Kachii !!! Love the ideas. I need to find a way to persuade my oga to do a photo shoot. Igbo men can over form macho!

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    • Kachee || KacheeTee.com

      June 3, 2016 at 16:22

      Hahahaha. And in the pre-wedding shoot he looked like he was soo into it. We should catch up Ify! It’s been a while. Xx

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  10. Ijenna Osuji

    June 3, 2016 at 12:55

    An interesting read. I’m basically a “me”, no “we” yet so I just keep this in some corner of my mind. I love the way you write though. You tell stories in a beautiful way.www.miralabelle.com

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    • Kachee || KacheeTee.com

      June 3, 2016 at 16:24

      Thank you so much Ijenna. I love your name. Not sure I’ve ever heard it before you. It’s great to have the ideas even before you become a ‘we!’

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  11. Amakamedia

    June 9, 2016 at 13:49

    Yay! Congrats on your 50th post!!! You go girl! I always love coming back here.I love the idea of doing a professional photoshoot. Will keep this in mind. Thank you!amakamedia.com

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    • Kachee || KacheeTee.com

      June 9, 2016 at 16:14

      Thanks darling! We love having you!Loool. You that you love pictures – your husband has to ready! Xx

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  12. Cara

    June 10, 2016 at 12:07

    50th post, Wow, you are on a serious roll! Great post and I totally agree on the importance of family traditions. Being a family woman myself. *wink wink* hehehe Thanks for dropping by my blog, Kachee! Much love Cara http://www.xocara.com

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    • Cara

      June 10, 2016 at 12:16

      PS. Those photos of the father and son through the years, so touching they made me cry. Thanks for sharing that!

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      • Kachee || KacheeTee.com

        June 10, 2016 at 12:47

        You should share some of your family traditions with us! And that father and son post was so touching, I agree. You know I’m a fan of your blog. No need to thank me! Xx

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  13. Abby

    July 17, 2016 at 20:51

    Will make a conscious effort to come up with traditions for future hubby and I, I think they are a wonderful way to create memories Only tradition I do right now is spend New Years at my Grandmas and Christmas day breakfast with my family then evening party at my cousins place. (been that way for about 10 years now if not more. LOL)

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    • Kachee || KacheeTee.com

      July 18, 2016 at 15:03

      They are indeed a wonderful way to create memories!!

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  14. AB x MeeMee

    July 26, 2016 at 10:23

    You guys are beautiful! Really love the photo :)Great point about the traditions, now I have to think about creating some.The one thing my boyfriend and I do is watch our favourite shows together.I don’t know how it became a thing, but it’s now a federal offence to watch new episodes of the shows we watch in common, without the other person. I had to wait 4 weeks to watch the last 4 episodes of Game of Thrones but it was worth it lol

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    • Kachee || KacheeTee.com

      July 26, 2016 at 10:27

      Thanks!! Ah that favourite show one is real. The only one Tee and I managed to get through is Breaking Bad. We still have both never watched GOT. Hahahaha. Strange I know!

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  15. Sogie

    September 6, 2016 at 18:35

    Congrats on your 50th post hun. Yes I remember that episode….. lily and Marshall were definitely couple goals. Couple traditions is definitely a good idea, great memories and keeps the spice alive. Itsdivadiaries.com

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    • Kachee || KacheeTee.com

      September 7, 2016 at 13:49

      Thank you Sogie! Xx

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  16. Adeniyi Esther

    May 15, 2018 at 10:00

    Congratulations on your 50th post!Having quiet time together everyday is another beautiful tradition that will not only help a couple’s spiritual life but strengthen intimacy.www.estheradeniyi.com

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