Whether you are preparing to celebrate your very first year together as a married couple or you are marking your fiftieth year of married bliss, you need to ensure you celebrate right. Wedding anniversaries are important milestone events and you need to be sure that you make yours one to remember. Planning anniversary celebrations can be quite stressful and there is a lot that you need to consider. However, with the right preparation and planning, you can ensure that your celebrations go as smoothly as possible.
As with any major celebrations, you need to ensure that you have a plan in place for the start. Ultimately, you want to be sure that both you and your partner can relax and enjoy the festivities to the maximum. In order for this to happen, it’s crucial that you have as much of the planning done in advance as possible. Leaving certain things such as booking a venue, organising a guest list or even shopping for gifts for husbands until the last minute can lead to your event being much more stressful than you might have wanted. To avoid this unfortunate situation and to keep your party planning on point, you need to ensure you are as organised as possible.
Let’s take a look at just a few things that you can do to ensure your anniversary celebrations are as picture-perfect as possible.
Create A Guest List
Before you can start organising any type of party, you need to know exactly how many people to expect at your event. Putting together a party is much more difficult when you have no idea how many people will be attending. Sit down with your partner and come up with a guest list for your party. Once you have a list of names decided on, the next thing that you will need to do is to send out invitations either digitally or via the mail. It’s important to get this step of the party-planning process completed as early as possible to allow people to RSVP so you can then find a suitable venue.
Decide On A Location
While some people like to book a venue for their anniversary celebrations, others prefer to host the event at home. Whether you want to hold the event at a local hotel, restaurant, or another venue, or simply do it all at home is completely up to you. Opting for a venue will typically cost a lot more and will also come with more restrictions but at least the cleaning and tidying up will be done for you. Hosting the event at home on the other hand will be much cheaper but there will be a lot more work for you to do too. Whichever route you go for, just be sure to choose one and continue your planning from there.
Consider Your Theme
Some people love to have a theme for their parties, while for others it’s not such a s big deal. Implementing a theme for your party makes it much easier for you to coordinate decorating, invitations, food and beverage choices as well as all of the other elements of your celebrations. For an anniversary celebration, the obvious theme is “love”. However, while this is a great theme to choose, there are countless other directions that you could go. You could use this as an opportunity to take a trip down memory lane, displaying photos of you and your partner around the venue. Alternatively, you could choose a theme that interests and excites you both, such as a maritime theme if you are both into sailing. With so many directions to go, it’s up to you to choose a theme that reflects the personalities of both you and your partner.
Food And Beverages
Finally, you need to think about the food and drinks that you will be serving. If you are hiring caterers to look after the menu for you, make sure that you have gone through all of the details with them well in advance. Having enough food is essential but you don’t want to go overboard either. Some people might prefer a more relaxed finger-food setup while others might prefer an elaborate sit-down meal. However, you choose to proceed, make sure that you consider your food and beverage options well in advance and make sure you cater to any dietary requirements your guests may have such as gluten-free, vegan, lactose intolerance, etc.
Throw An Anniversary Party That You Will Truly Enjoy
There are so many things that you need to consider when you are planning an anniversary party. Following the tips above is a great place to get started and with the right approach, you can be sure that your anniversary party is one to remember for all of the right reasons.