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Planning an Anniversary Celebration

Your anniversary invitation sets the tone for the event.

Celebration of your parents anniversary provides you with a way to honor their years of commitment with the greatest gift: time with the people they love. While most parents would agree to a party, many anniversary parties are thrown as a surprise to remove any party-planning worries from the guests of honor. Surprise parties are also simpler to plan with fewer chefs in the kitchen.

Avoid planning stress by meeting once with siblings as a group, up front, and decide the event basics: date, time, location, guest list, food, beverages, and budget. Skype or GoToMeeting, email and telephone conferences make this much simpler to accomplish.

Get sneaky. Borrow your parents address book for a day to gather addresses. Or, recruit a friend of their to help assemble the guest list.

Delegate. Divide tasks immediately and let each contributor make all decisions about their task. Group decisions on details will cause delay, stress and wasted effort. Be specific and crystal clear about what each person has agreed to do and send email updates to keep people moving.

On your list you may want to include these tasks:

  1. Venue. Choose and arrange for party location
  2. Invitations. Order and mail 3-6 weeks prior. Include sharing cards for inclusion in a scrapbook with invitations and RSVP information.
  3. Decorations. Collect memorabilia for display, guest book or scrapbook, family photos for cake table, anniversary sign for the door.
  4. Food and dinner ware
  5. Beverages and cups
  6. Entertainment (music? games for children?)
  7. Toast to the couple or Anniversary Speech
  8. Memories slide show
  9. Setup and cleanup

Keep in mind that simple is good! None of this has to be complicated. The goal is simply to be together and make the celebrants feel special. All your efforts will be worth it when you look back on this milestone as a cherished family celebration.

 

Anniversary Quotations

Are you looking for anniversary quotations to incorporate into a special anniversary toast, or an appropriate verse to add to your anniversary greetings? Here are some of our favorite anniversary quotations and bible verses related to wedding anniversaries:

anniversary invitationsAnniversary Quotations:

    • This home that you have built is made of love. (Nicholas Gordon)
  • Our wedding was many years ago.  The celebration continues to this day.  ~Gene Perret

 

  • Let us be grateful to people who make us happy, they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.  ~Marcel Proust

 

  • A successful marriage requires falling in love many times, always with the same person. (Mignon McLaughlin)

 

  • Nobody has ever measured, even poets, how much a heart can hold. (Zelda Fitzgerald )

 

  • A happy marriage has in it all the pleasures of friendships, all the enjoyment of sense and reason – and indeed all the sweets of life. – Joseph Addison

 

  • “Oh, how we danced on the night we were wed
    We vowed our true love though a word wasn’t said
    The world was in bloom, there were stars in the skies
    Except for the few that were there in your eyes.
    The night seemed to fade into blossoming dawn
    The sun shone anew but the dance lingered on
    Could we but relive that sweet moment sublime
    We’d find that our love is unaltered by time.”
    – lyrics to “The Anniversary Waltz,” composed by Dubin/Frankl

 

  • “To love a person is to learn the song that is in their heart, and to sing it to them when they have forgotten.” – Anonymous

 

  • “The more I give to thee, the more I have.” – William Shakespeare

 

  • “Where love is, no room is too small.” – Talmud

 

  • “We can only learn to love by loving.” – Iris Murdoch

 

  • “Once in a while, right in the middle of an ordinary life, love gives us a fairy tale.” – anonymous

 

  • “One word frees us of all the weight and pain of life: That word is love.” – Sophocles

 

  • “Love doesn’t make the world go round, love is what makes the ride worthwhile.” – Elizabeth Browning

 

  • “Love is more than three words mumbled before bedtime. Love is sustained by action, a pattern of devotion in the things we do for each other every day.” – Nicholas Sparks

 

  • “A happy marriage has in it all the pleasures of friendships, all the enjoyment of sense and reason – and indeed all the sweets of life. – Joseph Addison

 

  • “A happy man marries the girl he loves; a happier man loves the girl he
    marries.” – anonymous

 

Marriage and Anniversary related Bible verses:

    • But now faith, hope, love, abide these three; but the greatest of these is love. (1 Corinthians 13:13)
  • Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. (1 Corinthians 13:7)

 

  • But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness… (Galatians 5:22)

 

  • Let us love, not in word or speech, but in truth and action. (1 John 3:18)

 

  • May they who love you be like the sun when it rises in its strength (Judges 5:31)

Quotes for an Anniversary Toast

Cgold-anniversaryelebrating a young couple in love is a joy, but watching a couple who have been married for a quarter or half a century is a privilege. If you’ve been given the honor of giving the toast at this very special occasion, or if you are one of the celebrants giving a toast, here are some quotations you may want to include in your anniversary toast. Sample anniversary toasts are shown on our invitation page.

Newlyweds become oldyweds, and oldyweds are the reasons that families work. Anonymous

Immature love says: “I love you because I need you”. Mature love says “I need you because I love you”. Erich Fromm

Love is like an earthquake. It unpredictable, a little scary, but when the hard parts are over you realize just how lucky you truly are. Anonymous

Love is what you’ve been through with somebody. James Thurber

Many marriages would be better if the husband and the wife clearly understood that they are on the same side. Zig Ziglar

Definition of a spouse: someone who’ll stand by you through all the trouble you wouldn’t have had if you’d stayed single. Anonymous

Married couples who love each other tell each other a thousand things without talking. Chinese Proverb

Happy marriages begin when we marry the one we love, and they blossom when we love the one we married. Sam Levenson

Here’s to you both – a beautiful pair, on the birthday of your love affair. Anonymous

There is nothing nobler or more admirable than when two people who see eye to eye keep house as man and wife, confounding their enemies and delighting their friends. Homer

Anniversary Ideas for Your Parents, Without the Big Party

You’d love to throw a party for your parents celebrating their 50th or 60th anniversary, but travel or health issues make it impossible to hold a reception. How can you make the day extra special without a party?

anniversary card shower invitationThrow a Card Shower!

  • Snail mail can be a fun part of an anniversary celebration, providing anticipation, memories and an easy, inexpensive way for distant friends to take part.
  • To host a card shower, send out anniversary announcements to friends and family of the couple, suggesting that they send a card with a personal message to arrive on or near the anniversary date. If you mail your “card shower” announcements a month prior to the anniversary, the recipients should have plenty of time to get a greeting card ready.

Arrange A Special Dinner

  • If you are not nearby, arrange for the anniversary couple to have a special romantic dinner served at home by a local caterer.
  • Bringing distant families to the anniversary couple may be impossible, but how about a short visit by a couple of their children? There are few things parents like more than to see their children, especially together.
  • Host a small family dinner at a nearby restaurant, bringing a few nostalgic items if possible.

Video Greetings

  • Have each family branch put together a short video with anniversary greetings and send it on time for the big day. Each family could record a simple interview. You could make this simpler for the creative-challenged by providing a list of questions to answer, like, “what trait did you get from each of your parents” or “what have you learned from grandma and grandpa?”If your anniversary couple is technology challenged, have a local grandchild take over a laptop and show them the videos you posted on You Tube, or set up a Skype video call.

anniversary announcementMore Distance Greetings

  • Arrange for a series of phone calls on anniversary day to the celebrants.
  • Make a small poster, collage or drawing to commemorate the event. Cut it into the same number of pieces as the anniversary year to make a puzzle of sorts. Mail one or two pieces a day for a month. They can work on this puzzle leading up the new day, looking forward to more pieces in each day’s mail.
  • Find out what  flowers and colors were in the wedding and send a special floral arrangement with those favorites.
  • Arrange a singing telegram for delivery on anniversary day
  • Put an anniversary announcement in their local paper and their hometown paper if they have relocated over the years.
  • Contact the church they attend and ask if  their wedding anniversary could be mentioned during the church service that week.