What one woman learned about relationships after making it past the one-year mark.

I used to have an expiration date, like eggs or 2% milk.

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Your first wedding anniversary is worth celebrating because it means you got through one of the most difficult years of marriage.

It's also a chance to look back at your wedding day and assess how far you've come as a couple -- and where you're going.

To preserve the cake’s taste a year later, you should wrap it in vapor- and moisture-proof freezer bags after you’ve frozen it for a couple of hours to set the icing and then wrapped it in plastic, according to

If you didn’t freeze your cake, you could make a cake with the same flavors as your wedding cake and decorate it similarly, replete with your cake topper or the kinds of flowers you featured at your wedding.

You can renew your vows formally with a pastor, priest, or other officiant. Or you could do something more private for just the two of you and your closest friends and family.

The two of you alone could even renew your vows at home by reciting the promises you made to one another a year earlier. The wedding night is the time where the bride and groom can finally unwind, be alone, and consummate their marriage.That's an amazing driving force, but, well, it's not always fun times.I definitely have a new-found respect for those cute old couples 50 years deep. The only two people who really know what a relationship is like are the ones who are in it.It should be the sweetest time of the day for the couple, and recreating the wedding night is a great way to kick off your second year and honor your first as husband and wife.Cover the bed in rose petals, light the candles, put on your sexiest lingerie, and enjoy one another.The Frisky: 25 Things Women (Maybe) Don't Know About Men This whole experience has definitely been weird for me: I'd been single for the past two years and now I share a sock drawer and a toothbrush holder with someone.