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Mother’s Day 2021

Mother's Day 2021

Mothers Day in the UK is also known as Mothering Sunday. Mother’s Day is always celebrated on the fourth Sunday of Lent in the UK. However as the dates vary as to when Lent falls, the actual Sunday chosen to celebrate it varies every year.

In 2021 Mother’s Day is on 14th March, 2021 and next year (2022) it is almost two weeks later on 27th March, 2022. (See our annual celebrations dates for the next 10 years)

Mother's day 2021

Mothering Sunday is more often referred to as “Mother’s Day” and it origin is distinctly different to Mother’s Day in America although the sentiments are similar.

In Victorian times, it was a day when children, mainly daughters, who had gone to work as domestic servants were given a day off to visit their mother and family.

Today it is a day when children give presents, flowers, and cards to their mothers.

Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

We’ve a great selection of Mother’s Day Gifts on our site some of our selection we’ve shown here.

History of Mother’s day

Most Sundays in the year churchgoers would worship at their nearest parish or “daughter church”.

In olden times it was considered important for people to return to their home or “mother” church at least once a year. So each year in the middle of Lent, everyone would visit their “mother” church.

As the return to the “mother” church became an occasion for family reunions when children who were working away from home returned. It was quite common in those days for children as young as ten years to leave home to work in service.

The majority of historians think that it was this return to the “Mother” church which led to the tradition of children, particularly those working as domestic servants, or as apprentices, being given the day off to visit their mother and family.

This special day has now become a time when people give thanks to their mothers and offers an opportunity to express both love and thanks for the work that they do.

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How to personalise commemorative gifts for couples

quality engraving and messaging requirements

How to personalise commemorative gifts for couples can seem complicated however there are very few formal rules.  If you have your own special words for personalising your flutes then great, if you need some inspiration please read on.

Specialising in Anniversaries we have seen many variations on engraving requests. By far the most common and possibly the best is

  • the first line the couple’s first names,
  • the second line ‘Congratulations on your’
  • the third lines used to mention the occasion such as their Anniversary or wedding day.
  • the fourth line used for the Celebration’s Date.

If you want to include a date it’s easy for the wedding however if it is for the anniversary remember to ensure the date is correct. For example if you mention the Anniversary then the date should be the date of the anniversary and not the wedding date. So lets say the couple in Question are celebrating their Silver Wedding (25th Anniversary) having got married on 19th June 1994 you would include Silver Wedding, 19th June 2019.

Commemorative Gifts Best Engraved Format

To ensure the best impact and most pleasing engraving here are some simple rules

  • Use proper sentence case text
  • Use long form dates e.g 21st rather than 21, August rather than 8 and 2020 rather than 20.
  • Standard English Date format is Day, Month, Year. So 21st August 2020 is correct for above example.
  • Formal Names, although not required, are Male first, Female second.

If you are wondering about any other text you would like to include but not sure then check out advice related to wedding or party invitations, this advice is often directly transportable on engraved products especially if you want to use formal wording.

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Music of the 80’s

Music of the 80's CdCards

A great anniversary or birthday idea would be music of your era and in this case specifically the 1980’s. We’ve a selection of CDs with music of the 80’s available which also come with a code so you can download the tracks to a computer. The hits of the year are sure to bring the memories flooding back, as music does so well, to the lucky recipients.

The music included on the CDs are from the original artist from that year so they’re most likely be the favourite version of any cover versions.


1980 A Time to Remember, The Classic Years. CD Track List

  1. Odyssey – Use It Up And Wear It Out
  2. Adam & The Ants – Antmusic
  3. The Mash – Theme From M*A*S*H
  4. The Average White Band – Let’s Go Round Again
  5. Tom Browne – Funkin’ For Jamaica
  6. Earth, Wind & Fire – Let Me Talk
  7. Stray Cats – Runaway Boys
  8. Hall & Oates – Kiss On My List
  9. George Duke – Brazilian Love Affair
  10. Shakin’ Stevens – Marie Marie
  11. Rodney Franklin – The Groove
  12. Johnny Logan – What’s Another Year
  13. Santana – All I Ever Wanted
  14. Secret Affair – My World
  15. New Musik – Living By Numbers
  16. Air Supply – All Out Of Love
  17. Adam & The Ants – Kings Of The Wild Frontier
  18. Judas Priest – Living After Midnight
  19. Barbara Dickson – January, February
  20. Electric Light Orchestra – All Over The World.

1981 A Time to Remember, The Classic Years. CD Track List

  • 1. The Jacksons – Can You Feel It
  • 2. Haircut 100 – Favourite Shirts
  • 3. Adam & The Ants – Prince Charming 
  • 4. The Pointer Sisters – Slowhand
  • 5. The Psychedelic Furs – Pretty In Pink
  • 6. REO Speedwagon – Keep On Loving You
  • 7. Electric Light Orchestra – Hold On Tight
  • 8. Altered Images – Happy Birthday
  • 9. Earth, Wind & Fire – Let’s Groove
  • 10. Sugar Minott – Good Thing Going
  • 11. Aneka – Japanese Boy
  • 12. Shakin’ Stevens – This Ole House
  • 13. Kiki Dee – Star
  • 14. Dolly Parton – 9 To 5
  • 15. Champaign – How ‘Bout Us
  • 16. Landscape – Einstein A Go-Go
  • 17. Bucks Fizz – Making Your Mind Up
  • 18. Heatwave – Gangsters Of The Groove
  • 19. Japan – Quiet Life
  • 20. Odyssey – Going Back To My Roots.

1982 A Time to Remember, The Classic Years. CD Track List

  • 1. Marvin Gaye – Sexual Healing
  • 2. Dionne Warwick – Heartbreaker
  • 3. Adam Ant – Goody Two Shoes
  • 4. A Flock Of Seagulls – Wishing I Had A Photograph Of You
  • 5. Odyssey – Inside Out
  • 6. Haircut 100 – Fantastic Day
  • 7. Evelyn King – Love Come Down
  • 8. Haysi Fantayzee – John Wayne Is Big Leggy
  • 9. Men At Work – Who Can It Be Now?
  • 10. Air Supply – Even The Nights Are Better
  • 11. Kids From “Fame” – Hi-Fidelity
  • 12. Shakin’ Stevens – Oh Julie
  • 13. Kiki Dee – Perfect Timing
  • 14. Cheap Trick – If You Want My Love
  • 15. Bow Wow Wow – Go Wild In The Country
  • 16. Bucks Fizz – My Camera Never Lies
  • 17. Journey – Who’s Crying Now
  • 18. The Psychedelic Furs – Love My Way
  • 19. Hall & Oates – I Can’t Go For That (No Can Do)
  • 20. Japan – I Second That Emotion.

1983 A Time to Remember, The Classic Years. CD Track List

  • 1. Men At Work – Down Under
  • 2. Wham! – Wham Rap!
  • 3. Electric Light Orchestra – Rock & Roll Is King
  • 4. K.C. & The Sunshine Band – Give It Up
  • 5. Adam Ant – Puss ‘N Boots
  • 6. Nick Heyward – Take That Situation
  • 7. Thompson Twins – Hold Me Now
  • 8. Luther Vandross – Never Too Much
  • 9. The Weather Girls – It’s Raining Men
  • 10. Mtume – Juicy Fruit
  • 11. Hall & Oates – Family Man
  • 12. Jo Boxers – Boxerbeat
  • 13. The Lotus Eaters – First Picture Of You
  • 14. Alan Parsons Project – Old & Wise
  • 15. Marvin Gaye – My Love Is Waiting
  • 16. Bucks Fizz – When We Were Young
  • 17. Japan – All Tomorrow’s Parties
  • 18. H2O – Dream To Sleep
  • 19. Bonnie Tyler – Total Eclipse Of The Heart
  • 20. Paul Young – Wherever I Lay My Hat (That’s My Home).

1984 A Time to Remember, The Classic Years. CD Track List

  • 1. Wham! – Wake Me Up Before You Go Go
  • 2. Kenny Loggins – Footloose
  • 3. Nena – 99 Red Balloons
  • 4. Billy Ocean – Caribbean Queen
  • 5. Dead Or Alive – You Spin Me Round (Like A Record)
  • 6. Paul Young – Everything Must Change
  • 7. Cyndi Lauper – Girls Just Want To Have Fun
  • 8. Hall & Oates – Out Of Touch
  • 9. Gloria Estefan – Dr. Beat
  • 10. Thompson Twins – Doctor! Doctor!
  • 11. Adam Ant – Apollo 9
  • 12. Fiction Factory – (Feels Like) Heaven
  • 13. Meat Loaf – Modern Girl
  • 14. Alison Moyet – All Cried Out
  • 15. The Stranglers – Skin Deep
  • 16. A Flock Of Seagulls – The More You Live
  • 17. Shakin’ Stevens – A Love Worth Waiting For
  • 18. The Pointer Sisters – Jump (For Your Love)
  • 19. Matthew Wilder – Break My Stride
  • 20. Deniece Williams – Let’s Hear It For The Boy. 

1985 A Time to Remember, The Classic Years. CD Track List

  • 1. Billy Ocean – Suddenly
  • 2. REO Speedwagon – Can’t Fight This Feeling
  • 3. The Stranglers – Let Me Down Easy
  • 4. Mr Mister – Broken Wings
  • 5. Jennifer Rush – The Power Of Love
  • 6. Thompson Twins – Don’t Mess With Doctor Dream
  • 7. King – Love & Pride
  • 8. Paul Young – Everytime You Go Away
  • 9. Bucks Fizz – You And Your Heart So Blue
  • 10. Dead Or Alive – Lover Come Back To Me
  • 11. Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam – I Wonder If I Take You Home
  • 12. Bonnie Tyler – Holding Out For A Hero
  • 13. Shakin’ Stevens – Lipstick, Powder & Paint
  • 14. Five Star – All Fall Down
  • 15. Alison Moyet – That Ole Devil Called Love
  • 16. Prefab Sprout – When Love Breaks Down
  • 17. Aretha Franklin – Who’s Zoomin’ Who
  • 18. Isley, Jasper, Isley – Caravan Of Love
  • 19. The Pointer Sisters – Dare Me
  • 20. Philip Bailey – Walking On The Chinese Wall.

1986 A Time to Remember, The Classic Years. CD Track List

  • 1. Billy Ocean – When The Going Gets Tough
  • 2. Europe – The Final Countdown
  • 3. Bangles – Manic Monday
  • 4. The Blow Monkeys – Digging Your Scene
  • 5. Bruce Hornsby & The Range – The Way It Is
  • 6. Miami Sound Machine – Bad Boy
  • 7. Owen Paul – My Favourite Waste Of Time
  • 8. Five Star – Rain Or Shine
  • 9. Big Audio Dynamite – E=MC2
  • 10. Alison Moyet – Is This Love?
  • 11. Shakin’ Stevens – Turning Away
  • 12. Furniture – Brilliant Mind
  • 13. Gregory Abbott – Shake You Down
  • 14. Survivor – Burning Heart
  • 15. Run DMC – My Adidas
  • 16. Mr Mister – Kyrie
  • 17. Samantha Fox – Touch Me
  • 18. The Stranglers – Always The Sun
  • 19. James Brown – Living In America
  • 20. Cyndi Lauper – True Colours.

1987 A Time to Remember, The Classic Years. CD Track List

  • 1. Bangles – Walking Down Your Street
  • 2. Rick Astley – Never Gonna Give You Up
  • 3. The Blow Monkeys – It Doesn’t Have To Be This Way
  • 4. Terence Trent D’Arby – If You Let Me Stay
  • 5. Bruce Hornsby & The Range – Mandolin Rain
  • 6. The Hooters – Satellite
  • 7. Ruby Turner – I’d Rather Go Blind
  • 8. Johnny Logan – Hold Me Now
  • 9. John Farnham – You’re The Voice
  • 10. Spagna – Call Me
  • 11. Europe – Rock The Night
  • 12. Five Star – The Slightest Touch
  • 13. Alison Moyet – Love Letters
  • 14. Samantha Fox – Nothing’s Gonna Stop Me Now
  • 15. Pseudo Echo – Funky Town
  • 16. Westworld – Sonic Boom Boy
  • 17. Sinitta – Toyboy
  • 18. Wax – Bridge To Your Heart
  • 19. Run DMC – It’s Tricky
  • 20. Luther Vandross – I Really Didn’t Mean It.

1988 A Time to Remember, The Classic Years. CD Track List

  • 1. Deacon Blue – Real Gone Kid
  • 2. Billy Ocean – Get Outta My Dreams
  • 3. Prefab Sprout – The King Of Rock & Roll
  • 4. Beatmasters – Rok Da House
  • 5. Fairground Attraction – Perfect
  • 6. Terence Trent D’Arby – Sign Your Name
  • 7. S’Express – Theme From SExpress
  • 8. Rick Astley – Together Forever
  • 9. The Stranglers – All Of The Day And All Of The Night
  • 10. Coldcut – Doctorin’ The House
  • 11. Freiheit – Keepin’ The Dream Alive
  • 12. Bangles – Hazy Shade Of Winter
  • 13. Taylor Dayne – Tell It To My Heart
  • 14. Bros – When Will I Be Famous?
  • 15. Roachford – Cuddly Toy
  • 16. Bomb The Bass – Beat Dis
  • 17. The Primitives – Crash
  • 18. Pasadenas – Tribute (Right On)
  • 19. The Four Tops – Loco In Acapulco
  • 20. Gloria Estefan – Anything For You. 

1989 A Time to Remember, The Classic Years. CD Track List

  • 1. Deacon Blue – Fergus Sings The Blues
  • 2. Will To Power – Baby, I Love Your Way/Freebird
  • 3. Big Fun – Blame It On The Boogie
  • 4. Alice Cooper – Poison
  • 5. Gloria Estefan – Can’t Stay Away From You
  • 6. S’Express – Hey Music Lover
  • 7. Cyndi Lauper – I Drove All Night
  • 8. Boy Meets Girl – Waiting For A Star To Fall
  • 9. New Kids On The Block – Hangin’ Tough
  • 10. Rick Astley – She Wants To Dance With Me
  • 11. Martika – Toy Soldiers
  • 12. Malcolm McLaren – Waltz Darling
  • 13. Beatmasters Featuring Betty Boo – Hey DJ/I Can’t Dance (To The Music You’re Playing)
  • 14. The Blow Monkeys – Choice?
  • 15. Bros – Too Much
  • 16. Liza Minnelli – Losing My Mind
  • 17. Halo James – Could Have Told You So
  • 18. The Wedding Present – Kennedy
  • 19. Beatmasters – Who’s In The House
  • 20. Bangles – Eternal Flame.

Some of these tracks were critically acclaimed other were hits in the UK or America and some were even both, we were comparing all our tracks above to NMEs top 100 best of the songs of the 80’s and was surprised by the results and how many were on the list.

We’ve also some booklet style CD Greeting cards that cover the music of the 80’s. These cover up to 1986 as later years have not been produced by the manufacturer, Retro Co.

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Celebrate your 50th Wedding Anniversary with Music from 1969

Hits of the 60's ~ Hit Music of 1969 on CD & download plus Greeting Card in one gift ; A Time to Remember, The Classic Years -1969Many parties are thrown to celebrate a 50th Wedding Anniversary whether they are formal, informal or just slung together we can help with the right music to celebrate 50 years of marriage if the marriage occurred in 1969.

Get our CD gift greeting card for 1969 which has a CD  inside with a multitude of top hits from the year they were married with many love songs that will bring the memories of yester-year flooding back.

The complete playlist is as follows with a brief synopsis as well to help you.

  1. Simon & Garfunkel – The Boxer.  Reached number 6 on the UK charts in the week ending 4th June 1969, it spent 14 weeks in the top 40 charts. 
  2. Bob Dylan – I Threw It All Away. Reached number 31 on the UK charts in the week ending 21st May 1969, it spent 6  weeks in the top 40 charts. Although Bob Dylan is a well known international artist he has never had a UK number 1 in his own right.
  3. Nilsson – Everybody’s Talkin’  Although this song scored poor chart success it won the Grammy for the Best contemporary vocal performance by a male for Harry Nilsson. Beautiful South covered this track in 1994 and achieved better chart success than the original.
  4. Elvis Presley – In The Ghetto. An iconic song by the King of Rock and Roll. Despite it being such a well know song it only reached number 2 in the UK charts. This was on 2nd July 1969, it stayed at number two for three weeks being held off the number 1 spot by Thunderclap Newman’s Something in the Air.
  1. Chicken Shack – I’d Rather Go Blind. These guys indulged in the 60’s music scene. This track peaked at number 14 in the weekending 18th June 1969.
  2. Johnny Cash – A Boy Named Sue. One of Cash’s iconic songs. It peaked at number 4 in the week ending 4th October 1969. It spent 16 weeks in the top 40 charts. Although well known it has never charted again through re-release or cover.
  3. Sly & The Family Stone – Everyday People. Snuck into the top 40 in March 1969
  4. Andy Williams – Happy Heart. An Iconic singer of the late fifties and sixties. This song peaked at number 19 in the week ending 25th June 1969. Reminiscent of a classic Euro song, it spent 10 weeks on the charts.
  5. The Love Affair – Bringing On Back The Good Times. Reached number 9 in the top 40. It spent 10 weeks on the charts peaking in the week ending 16th August 1969.
  6. Fifth Dimension – Aquarius/Let The Sunshine In. With the classic line “this is the dawning of the age of Aquarius.” Yes, that one. It peaked in the charts at number 11 in the UK although was a Number 1 in America.
  7. Lou Christie – I’m Gonna Make You Mine. Reached number 2 on the UK charts in the week ending 1st November 1969, it spent 17 weeks in the top 40 charts. 
  8. Nina Simone – To Love Somebody. Reached number 5 on the UK charts in the week ending 5th February 1969, it spent 9 weeks in the top 40 charts. 
  9. Blood, Sweat & Tears – You’ve Made Me So Very Happy. Reached number 36 on the UK charts in the week ending 11th May 1969, it spent 6 weeks in the top 40 charts. 
  10. Johnny Nash – Cupid. Reached number 6 on the UK charts in the week ending 30th April 1969, it spent 12 weeks in the top 40 charts. 
  11. Box Tops – Soul Deep. Reached number 22 on the UK charts in the week ending 27th September 1969, it spent 9 weeks in the top 40 charts.
  12. Roger Whittaker – Durham Town. Reached number 16 on the UK charts in the week ending 6th December 1969, it spent 18 weeks in the top 40 charts.
  13. Zager & Evans – In The Year 2525. Reached number 1 on the UK charts in the week ending 30th  August 1969, remaining there for 3 weeks. It spent 13 weeks in the top 40 charts. The song is very reminescent of the era as it followed on from the first moon landing on 20th July this year.
  14. Clodagh Rodgers – Come Back And Shake Me. Reached number 3 on the UK charts in the week ending 7th May 1969, it spent 14 weeks in the top 40 charts. If you think you recognise her it’s because she represented the UK in the Eurovision Song contest in 1971. She finished fourth, which at the time was shocking as it was the first time the UK had not been in 1st or second. Wow, how times change!
  • 19. Jim Reeves – When Two Worlds Collide. Reached number 17 on the UK charts in the week ending 16th August 1969, it spent 17 weeks in the top 40 charts.
  • 20. Georgie Fame – Seventh Son. Reached number 22 on the UK charts in the week ending 10th January 1970, it spent 7 weeks in the top 40 charts. This was a popular dance tune over the Christmas period of 1969

You could complement this with the number one for the week they got married (check what song here http://www.officialcharts.com/chart/) or if you want a longer playlist then how about a montage of number ones from their anniversary for every year since they wed.

It’s also the 50th Wedding Anniversary of John and Yoko, so you can’t omit the song that reflected their marriage which reached number one on 11th June 1969

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40th wedding anniversary gift ideas for couples

40th wedding anniversary gift ideas for couples

If you’re looking for some great gift ideas for a couple’s 40th Wedding Anniversary then we can help. The 40th Anniversary is also know as the Ruby Wedding. This is because Rubies are the associated theme for 40 years of marriage.

Ruby is the main focus for the 40th wedding anniversary gift both in colour and the gem. The pink or blood red gemstone is one of the most sought-after gems due to their luscious colour and beautiful look. The whole theme for the 40th year wedding anniversary is the ruby. Even the modern day equivalent is still the ruby and therefore you should look for many items that have the gorgeous red stones in them.

Below are some of our ideas that are great 40th wedding anniversary gifts for couples. The ideas should enable both partners to enjoy the gift.

For more ideas check out our 40th Anniversary Gifts page. If you want more details on the actual anniversary check out our 40th Anniversary page

Within this page we’ve concentrate on our gift ideas that can be given to couples to celebrate their Ruby Wedding. Use the link above to see our complete range of 40th wedding anniversary gift ideas for couples.

On the 40th anniversary of your marriage you would have been:

  • married for 14,600 days or
  • 350,400 hours or
  • 21,024,000 minutes,
  • over 1,261 million seconds
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50th wedding anniversary gifts for Mum and Dad

50th Wedding Anniversary Gifts

If you’re looking for some great gift ideas for your Mum and Dad’s 50th Wedding Anniversary then we can help. The 50th Anniversary is also know as the Golden Wedding. This is because Gold are the associated theme for 50 years of marriage.

Obviously this theme makes it relativity easy to find a gift for your Mum. However it’s a bit more difficult for your Dad or when you are buying a joint present. Below are some of our ideas that are great 50th wedding anniversary gifts for your Mum and Dad. The ideas should enable both your parents to enjoy the gift.

For more ideas check out our 50th Anniversary Gifts page. If you want more details on the actual anniversary check out our 50th Anniversary page

The Golden Wedding, to give it the traditional name used, is gold both for the traditional and the modern gift theme lists and as gold has such a stunning look and can be used in many ways you shouldn’t have difficulty finding the perfect 50th wedding anniversary gift. Although the traditional theme for your 50th year as a married couple is gold the modern day equivalent has a slight variation and suggests gold jewellery and what better way to impress your loved one with some stunning earrings, a ring, or even matching watches for each other.

Earliest recorded celebrations show the Husband presents his wife with a Gold Garland to wear. This was normally at a family celebration. Celebrating 50 years also maps into the biblical events of their second jubilee as each jubilee traditionally lasted 25 years.

Gold also replaces the gemstone gift theme. Thus you could take the opportunity to have a gold themed day. Spending time together with gold being used throughout the day. As you can eat gold leaf, you could have a nice meal with gold leaf making an appearance or you could simply be content with some beautiful gold jewellery such as updated wedding rings.

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30th wedding anniversary gifts for parents

shop for 30th wedding anniversary gifts

If you’re looking for some great gift ideas for your parents 30th Wedding Anniversary then we can help. The 30th Anniversary is also know as the Pearl Wedding. This is because Pearls are the associated theme for 30 years of marriage.

Obviously this theme makes it relativity easy to find a gift for your Mum. However it’s a bit more difficult for your Dad or when you are buying a joint present. Below are some of our ideas that are great 30th wedding anniversary gifts for parents. The ideas should enable both your parents to enjoy the gift.

For more ideas check out our 30th Anniversary Gifts page. If you want more details on the actual anniversary check out our 30th Anniversary page

For this anniversary any type of Pearl can be used; there are more than one type at the basic level there are fresh water pearls and saltwater pearls.  Both contain the same properties that make them desirable and nowadays they are equally attainable. One difference is the larger types are typically the saltwater variety as the shellfish they come from can grow larger.

Naturally developed Pearls are still the most sought after due to their rarity. Cultured Pearls can be as good a quality especially the ones from the top Pearl culturists.

The best know cultured Pearl producer is Mikimoto. A Japanese producer named after the founder who discovered how to grow Pearls ‘on demand’. The results are beautiful, check out these Fine Mikimoto gift ideas from one of our partners.

If choosing Pearl as a gift please always ensure it is real Pearl, we’ve seen many items designed with Mother of Pearl which, unless you know, can be confused with Pearls. Mother of Pearl is actually the shell of the mussel or oyster that can produce a pearl.

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Planning for your 1st Wedding Anniversary Celebration

Planning for your 1st Wedding Anniversary

Being fantastically organised you are of course planning for your 1st wedding anniversary celebration before your actual wedding. If however you are a mere mortal like the rest of us there are somethings you can do to make this celebration special.

Why I hear you ask, well as if you’ve not got enough on your plate at the wedding there are some great things you can do during the lead up to the wedding day and straight after to help make the 1st wedding anniversary (and future) anniversaries more memorable. Even if you’re not planning this in the run up to your 1st anniversary it’s probably not too late to help in the future.

Remembering simple things, jot them down either on paper, in a blog or in your wedding planner will really help. Believe me after a year which will be an extremely busy one, likely to be full of change. Acclimatisation to becoming one half of a ‘couple’ there will be some details that you wished you had remembered.

As a basic list, below of some of the things people forget, use it as an aide memoire. When planning for your 1st wedding anniversary celebration this list could be used for many reasons. Examples include to get a gift that links to both the wedding and the anniversary or to invite everyone to a anniversary party.

1st Anniversary Planning Things to remember

  • First Song Danced to as a married couple.
  • Last song Danced to at the Wedding Celebration.
  • The Menu for the Wedding Breakfast meal.
  • The Band or DJs Name.
  • The Official’s name (or their formal title.)
  • Keep a list of all your Guests, including last minute changes.
  • Also what gifts you got from whom.

Writing this years on from our wedding I can say the item I struggle with is the full guest list. I would also not have a clue as to the gifts we got let along from whom.

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Clocks and Timepieces for an Anniversary Gift

Just before our 31st Wedding Anniversary our Carriage Clock that had sat on our mantle piece for many years went wrong. It started to gain about 75 minutes a day. This was a gift when we married so it had lasted a good time especially as it was a battery powered quartz clock. Compared to today’s Clocks it was not a top notch item although not bargain bucket either. This was actually our second carriage clock, we got two for our wedding. The 1st Clock died a good few years earlier and this one got a promotion to the prime spot.

I was going to repair the clock by changing the innards for a new mechanism however as we knew that the 31st wedding anniversary has a theme of Timepieces we thought why not shop a solution.

Shopping for a Timepiece

We initially thought it would be a easy job of replacing the clock with a nice shiny new clock. With 31 years looking at the same clock I must admit I preferred a change to the Carriage Clock. Especially with my ageing eyesight I struggled, in certain light to see the dial well. We was also surprised at the poor choice of options available. There seemed to be either low quality plastic cased clocks or high value craftsman built timepieces. There didn’t seem to be something in the middle, which was frustrating.

It was at this time (no pun intended) that Amazon came to the rescue in the shape of the Echo Spot. Their design LED smart speaker. It’s primary use seemed to be as a beside clock/ smart speaker however with the addition of the stand it is transformed into a great clock that’s suitable for any place in the home and especially on a mantelpiece.

Amazon Echo Spot Alexa powered smart speaker on stand.The Echo Spot has a selection of clock faces that you can easily select via its setting menu and it has the modern benefit of being a full-featured Alexa smart speaker, display portal and video calling portal. You can default the Echo Spot to your preferences very easily and set up was a breeze.

There are a number of wedding anniversaries that suggest a clock or timepiece as the gift theme. The Modern Wedding Anniversary list has the 1st anniversary with a theme of Clocks. The 31st with a theme of Timepieces. Other anniversaries also have a theme that enable a Clock to fit the theme such as a Desk Set, Furniture, Optical goods and Luxuries of any kind all could fit this great mid-range gift idea.

More on the Echo Spot

The Echo Spot brings you everything you love about Alexa, in an all-new stylish and compact design that can show you things. Just ask to see the weather, get the news with a video flash briefing, set a music alarm (Amazon Music, Spotify & TuneIn supported), see lyrics (available in UK only) with Amazon Music, see your calendar, browse and listen to Audible audiobooks, and more. Personalise your Spot with a collection of clock faces to suit your style or set a photo background from Prime Photos. Plus, make calls to friends and family between supported Echo devices or the Alexa App, or make video calls to anyone with an Echo Spot, Echo Show or the Alexa App.

Echo Spot features second-generation far-field technology with four microphones, beam-forming technology and enhanced noise cancellation, so it can hear you from across the room—even while music is playing. If you have more than one Echo, Alexa responds intelligently from the Echo you’re closest to with ESP (Echo Spatial Perception).

This is our third Alexa device and so far (we’ve had is 3 weeks at the time of writing) it is by far the best of the bunch. It just seems to respond and understand voice commands better than the other devices.

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40 years of marriage in 2018 Celebrating with Music

40 years of marriage in 2018 - music from 1978Many parties are thrown to celebrate a Ruby Wedding Anniversary whether they are formal, informal or just slung together we can help with the right music to celebrate 40 years of marriage in 2018.

Get our CD gift greeting card for 1978 which has a CD  inside with a multitude of top hits from the year they were married with many love songs that will bring the memories of the year they married flooding back.

The complete playlist is as follows with a brief synopsis as well to help you.

  1. Electric Light Orchestra – Mr. Blue Sky ~ Released 28th January 1978 it reached it’s highest chart position of No. 6 in the week ending 25th Feb 1978 remaining on the chart for 12 weeks in total.
  2. Bob Dylan – Baby Stop Crying ~ Recorded in April 1978 and got to number 13 in the official top forty in the weekending 2nd September 1978.
  3. Blue Oyster Cult – (Don’t Fear) The Reaper ~ Reached number 16 in the week ending 8th July 1978.
  4. The Only Ones – Another Girl, Another Planet ~ The band’s most successful song by this English rock band, recorded in April 1978. This song is recognised as one of the great rock tracks appearing in various lists including John Peel’s Festive Fifty and Q’s 100 Greatest Guitar Tracks.
  5. Santana – Well All Right ~ A cover of Buddy Holly’s 1958 B-side song “Well… All Right” Santana recorded this during the summer of 1978 and appeared on this transitional “inner Secrets” album.
  6. The Patti Smith Group – Because The Night ~ This classic rock love song was penned by Bruce Springsteen although he never released it, Patti Smith polished it off and this was possibly their best known  hit. This reached number 5 on the top 40 in the week ending 27th May 1978 spending 9 weeks in the charts. NME included it in their Top 150 Singles of All time chart.
  7. Heatwave – Always And Forever ~ Reached its highest chart position in this year at number 9 in the week ending 16th December 1978, during the year it was in the top forty for 8 weeks.
  8. REO Speedwagon – Roll With The Changes
  9. Justin Hayward – Forever Autumn ~ An absolute seminal track for the astounding War of the Worlds album. Reached number 5 in the top forty in the week ending 26th August 1978. The single spent 11 weeks in the charts this time round.
  10.  Elvis Presley – Don’t Be Cruel ~ Originally recorded in July 1956 this was re-released to coincide with the anniversary of his death the year earlier. It only reached number 23 in the week ending 29th July 1978.
  11. Japan – Suburban Berlin
  12. Gladys Knight & The Pips – Come Back And Finish What You Started
  13. Dan Hartman – Instant Replay ~ A classic disco track, it reached its highest chart position of number 8 in the week ending 2nd December 1978 spending a total of 10 weeks in the charts this year.
  14. Kansas – Carry On Wayward Son ~ a classic prog rock track of the time, it’s highest chart position was only number 51 however it remained on the charts for an impressive amount of time.
  15. Earth, Wind & Fire – September ~ Another barnstormer from the American funk band, peaked at number 3 in the top forty single’s chart, it made it’s chart entry in the week ending 16th December 1978.
  16. Journey – Wheel In The Sky ~ This has got to be known as one of those classic filler tracks.
  17. Cheap Trick – Surrender ~ Cheap trick did not have great success with this in the UK however this reached N0. % in the Belgium top forty, which for an American Rock band was unusual.
  18. Peter Skellern – Love Is The Sweetest Thing ~ This song was written in 1932 however Peter Skellern had a chart hit with his version in 1978, it won the Music Trades Association award for best middle of the road song in this year.
  19. Bill Withers – Lovely Day ~ This song has had many lives however this is the original recording and sung by the writer who co-wrote it with Skip Scarborough. It reached number 7 in the week ending 11th February 1978 remaining on the charts for 8 weeks.
  20. The Jacksons – Blame It On The Boogie. ~ A classic Jacksons’ track It peaked at number 8 on the top forty in the week ending 4th November 1978 spending a total of 8 weeks in the top 40.

You could complement this with the number one for the week they got married (check what song here http://www.officialcharts.com/archive-chart/_/1/1978/) or if you want a longer playlist then how about a montage of number ones from their anniversary for every year since they wed.

The summer smash hit film of 1978 was Grease and the year was dominated by songs from the film. ‘You’re the one that I want’ by John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John was number one for 9 weeks and remained in the top 40 for 20 weeks. At the same time this was in the top 40 it also had a parody of the song sung by Hylda Baker and Arthur Mullard in the charts. If you watch the video for this song remember you can’t unsee it!