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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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Beginners guide to wedding anniversary gifts etiquette

wedding anniversary gifts etiquette

Us oldies, occasionally forget that newly weds may not know the ins and outs of Wedding Anniversary gifts etiquette. There’s lots of social conventions that surround them. So here’s a quick run down of the etiquette.

Wedding Anniversary Gifts Etiquette

  • Gift giving is not mandatory, commemorating the event however is highly desirable.
  • The Couple, typically, instigate the early years Anniversary celebrations.
  • The couple’s children organise later major wedding anniversaries.
  • Major milestone Wedding Anniversaries occur every 5th year after the 20th year.
  • The Major Wedding Anniversaries are 25th, 40th, 50th, 60th and 75th years.
  • Traditionally gift giving is often themed or made of a specific material which differs for each year. The Traditional Wedding Anniversary List shows these materials for each year.
  • A Modern version of the traditional list was provided to produce a more comprehensive list to cover more anniversary years. This runs side by side with the traditional list allowing you to choose gifts from either list.
  • Other organisations have released other Wedding Anniversary lists. The only other two that are notable are the Gemstone Anniversary List and the appropriate flower list.

That’s it really. If you still have a question surrounding wedding anniversary gifts etiquette then please check our etiquette section as we have lots of help there. If all else fails drop us a line and we’ll try and help.

Finally, we’ve had many discussions on whether it is a requirement to thank people for wedding anniversary gifts. The simple answer is always yes, it is good wedding anniversary gifts etiquette. How you thank them will vary a lot depending upon your social circle. Really the easiest way to answer this is to refer back to your wedding, how you did it them should still hold true now.

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Experience delivers the Perfect Gift

Researchers have found the components needed to deliver a perfect gift and they are all to do with actions rather than physical items!Experience a perfect gift

Gifts that involve the recipient in an action or event tend to be talked about more than when a gift is just a possession albeit a prized one. Being able to talk about the gift helps give the recipient an extra bonus (often known as Bragging rights) to the gift which in turn makes it more memorable and pleasurable.

The research has shown that gifts which involve the recipient in an experience (an Adrenaline challenge, Romantic Holiday or Day out for example) brings more happiness than a purely material purchase (e.g. a commemorative gift or Flowers).

One potential explanation of this difference, research suggests, is that experiences can prompt storytelling more than mere possessions. The telling of stories has long been seen as a pleasurable experience and facilitates the re-living of the actual event in question; telling stories encourages embellishment, and foster greater social connection, all of which assist to enhance enjoyment of the original gift.

experiences deliver a perfect giftResearcher’s further studies demonstrate that people are more inclined to talk about their experience than a material purchase and they derive more happiness from doing so. They also confirmed that taking away the ability to talk about experiences (but not the material goods) could diminish the enjoyment they bring.

In one significant test the participants were told they may keep one gift, either the best gift purchase but without being able to talk about it or the second most important purchase and were allowed to talk about it. Those taking part that recalled experiences were more likely to choose a less significant purchase they could still talk about compared to those who just recalled buying physical gifts.

I must admit sitting thinking about gifts I have given and been given I can easy recount those that involved an experience and although can remember great physical gifts I have received I struggle to recall them easily.

What do you think; are gifts you participate in better, let us know?

 

 

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2nd Anniversary Gifts

Second Wedding Anniversary GiftsIt is two years since your wedding (doesn’t time fly) and your second wedding anniversary is fast approaching; here’s the facts on what the material or symbol is appropriate for 2nd anniversary gifts:

Cotton is the traditional 2nd anniversary gifts theme

A Traditional Anniversary gift should be themed around Cotton or Straw or for a more contemporary gift idea the modern list shows China as the appropriate theme.

Rose Quartz is the second anniversary gemstone themeYou could also look to the Gemstone Anniversary list which suggests Rose Quartz (although some variance is possible with Garnet also quoted) and if this is still not your ideal theme the appropriate flowers are Cosmos, of which there are many varieties.Comos are the appropriate flowers for the 2nd wedding anniversary

For 2nd anniversary gifts, Cotton themed presents are relatively easy to find with Handkerchief gifts sets or personalised Mr and Mrs Robes/ Towels a great choice. If your looking for a getaway break why not theme it to match the second anniversary. Something like a trip to the cotton fields in America or with straw you could look to have a picnic in a hayloft or simply arrange a hoe-down party with authentic straw bales.

We see a lot of Rose Quartz items purchased for the 2nd Anniversary both Necklace/Pendant sets and a lovely double Rose Quartz heart which is great for the 2nd year anniversary

We’ve got many more 2nd anniversary gift ideas on our main web site styled not only on the traditional material and the other lists that have been published but the ideas are drawn from lots of popular gift sites.

Themes for 2nd Anniversary Gifts recap

  • Traditional Anniversary Gifts: Cotton or Straw themed
  • Modern Anniversary Gifts: China themed
  • Gemstone Anniversary Gifts: Rose Quartz themed
  • Flower Anniversary Gifts: Comos themed

 

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Beginners guide to Wedding Anniversaries

Us oldies, occasionally forget that newly weds may not know the ins and outs of Wedding Wdding Anniversary EtiquetteAnniversary etiquette so here’s a quick run down of the etiquette.

  • Gift giving is not mandatory, commemorating the event however is highly desirable.
  • Early years Anniversary celebrations are instigated, typically, by the couple, later major ones may be organised by the couples children.
  • Every 5th year is considered a major milestone Anniversary
  • The 25th, 40th, 50th and 60th are the years considered the Major Wedding Anniversaries.
  • Traditionally if a gift is given then it is often themed or made of a specific material which differs for each year. The Traditional Wedding Anniversary List shows all these materials for each year.
  • A Modern version of the traditional list was updated to produce a more comprehensive list to cover more anniversary years, this runs side by side with the traditional list allowing you to choose gifts from either list.
  • Other organisations have release other Wedding Anniversary lists, the only other two that are notable are the Gemstone Anniversary List and the appropriate flower list.

That’s it really, if you still have an etiquette question surrounding a wedding anniversary then please check our etiquette section or drop us a line and we’ll try and help.

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1st Wedding Anniversary Gifts

1st Anniversary Gifts

Paper based gifts are the traditional theme for 1st wedding anniversary gifts. Our best sellers show that the theme is a popular choice whether you are buying for your spouse, friend or family member. We offer a range of paper based gifts and below we’ve listed some of our favourites.

1st Wedding Anniversary Newspaper Gift Set

Unique 1st Wedding Anniversary Newspaper CollectionA unique gift idea for the anniversary couple, contains three original newspapers from the wedding day and both of the couple’s birth dates.

Presented in a beautiful hand-finished padded leatherette presentation case. The folder preserves and protects the authentic newspapers for generations to come. The cover is gold embossed, with the words ‘A Day To Remember’ a great gift idea and comes with an authentication certificate which you can also add your own personal message to.

First Dance Word Art Print

1st Wedding Anniversary Gifts ~ First Dance Word Art PrintCommemorate one of the most important pieces of music in your life. Your first dance as a married couple. This would make an extra special 1st wedding anniversary gift. It’s offered in a number of formats from electronic through to a professionally printed A3 image. We’ve got a great range of designs to choose from. Let us know what your 1st dance was and we’ll do the rest…

Personalised Haynes Explains Marriage Book

1st anniversary gifts ~ Personalised Haynes Explains Marriage BookIf you’re familiar with the Haynes instruction manuals then you’ll love this book. Haynes explains manual uses their unique style to provide the marriage workshop manual for the couple. With some great comedic sections such as That New Car Smell (the honeymoon period) and Crash Test Ratings (arguments and how to handle them.)

Our Anniversary Journal ~ 1st Wedding Anniversary gift idea

Our First Year - 1st Wedding Anniversary gift Book grey backgroundThis beautiful personalised keepsake book that you add to year after year. Gift it for the 1st wedding anniversary so you can record your married life together. It’s great to be able to get this out year after year to remind you of good times and record recent events.

We’ve many gifts available for the 1st anniversary, check out our full range of 1st anniversary gifts.

We also maintain a list of our top sellers on Pinterest here: Top 5 1st Wedding Anniversary Gifts

 

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Planning your 1st Anniversary

We thought we would start our blogs with nothing to do with Anniversaries and talk about the wedding!!

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 run up to the wedding day and immediately after to help make the 1st (and future) anniversaries more memorable.

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

We’ve put a basic list below of some of the things people forget as an aide memoire; use it as a list to store the details against. Is there something you wish you could remember from the actual wedding day let us know and we’ll add it to the list as a useful reminder for other couples.

  • 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)
  • All your Guests

Is there something you wish you could remember from the actual wedding day? Let us know and we’ll add it to the list as a useful reminder for other couples. Writing this 24 years on from the original wedding I can say the item I struggle with the most is the actual guest list.