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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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What age do women first get married?

Simply question; What age do women first get married? A fairly complex answer, fortunately Hans Rosling and the gapminder team have processed the statistics and the answer is here, just press the play button towards the bottom to see the average age over time change for the world with China, India and United Kingdom trials shown.

Globally the average age has increased over the past 100 years although in the UK the average dropped in the sixties and seventies before it started to rise dramatically. Remember this just counts first marriages thus excludes second and other remarriages.

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Time Tested Wedding Gifts

Someone tweeted a friend the other day to say they still had their gift after twenty years of marriage, this got us thinking especially for those celebrating double digit anniversaries:

What Wedding Gift do you still use regularly?

Now I’ve been married 25 years this year (2012) and we still use the Food Processor we got from my work friends for our wedding! Now that’s not bad; we don’t use it every week but it does see regular use and it really isn’t pretty anymore but this, we feel, has passed the test of time!

I’ve just been reminded that we also still have a Carriage Clock sitting on our mantel which has kept good time since we got married the only problem with this item now is we have to sit closer to it to see the time!

These plus two other items make up the complete items we’ve still got along with a many bits of sets of cutlery and dinner sets. Given no disasters (thankfully) have affected our gifts there is little left.

We would love to know what’s your cherished gift that has stood the test of time?