So, your wedding anniversary is coming up? Congratulations! Reaching milestone anniversaries is always exciting, whether it’s your first or your 50th. But how do you celebrate such an important event? Of course, the answer is with a party, be it big or small, attended by your beloved friends and family. If you’re in need of inspiration when it comes to choosing the venue, food, decorations and favours for your celebration, we’re here to help! Read on for 24 anniversary party ideas.
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Having provided high-quality, unique entertainment at a wide range of affairs, from weddings to birthdays to corporate events for many years, we have plenty of ideas when it comes to ways to wow your guests. From our photo booth hire in London to our chocolate fountain rental, we offer a range of services that are guaranteed to make your anniversary celebration one to remember.
- 1st Year Anniversary Party Ideas
- 5 Year Wedding Anniversary Party Ideas
- 25th Wedding Anniversary Party Ideas
- 30th Wedding Anniversary Party Ideas
- 40th Wedding Anniversary Party Ideas
- 50th Wedding Anniversary Party Ideas
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Your one-year or ‘paper’ anniversary is the first milestone at which you may decide to celebrate your marriage with an anniversary party. However, for many people, one year after your wedding is a hectic time. It’s no secret that weddings can be extremely expensive and you may still be financially recovering from its costs, not to mention you may have recently bought a new home with your new spouse or even expanded your family with children or pets. Therefore, many people tend to keep celebrations small and inexpensive. We have provided some cost-effective 1st year anniversary party ideas to get you started on planning the event!
It’ll be no surprise to you that we recommend holding this celebration at home: it’s the most inexpensive option, costing you absolutely nothing and creates the perfect intimate environment for only your closest family and friends: by keeping the guest list short and sweet, you minimise expenses!
When it comes to decorations, we love the idea of having a bit of fun with the phrase ‘paper anniversary’ by taking it literally and decking out your home in paper decorations! These could be handmade or purchased, depending on your time and budget constraints. If you want your event to be sustainable, why not use as many recycled materials as possible in your decor? You can buy recycled paper decorations on Etsy or get inspiration for handmade ones on Pinterest.
To keep things budget-friendly, we suggest supplying a snack table filled with fun finger foods rather than a sit-down meal. These could include breadsticks with dips such as hummus and salsa, fresh fruits and, of course, sweet treats, be they store-bought cookies and cupcakes or your own homemade culinary concoctions. If you’re feeling fancy, you could always add a wow factor to your event by hiring a chocolate fountain!
So, if you are planning to keep things simple for your first – or ‘paper’ – wedding anniversary celebration, but you would still like to give favours out to your guests, why not go with DIY favours? Not only is this an inexpensive option, but taking the time to hand-make favours also sends a message to your guests that you truly care about them! Ideas include handmade miniature boxes filled with sweet treats, hand-packed bath salts and handmade tags to give out at the end of your celebration. Best of all, these ideas also incorporate the ‘paper’ theme for your paper anniversary! Check out the video below for a guide on making handmade favours.
By the time your 5 year wedding anniversary comes around, things may or may not still be a little hectic! Either way, you absolutely deserve to take the time to celebrate your marriage so far. Your 5th wedding anniversary is also called your ‘wood’ anniversary, so feel free to incorporate wooden elements into your event! Here are some ideas on how you can do so:
You may want to celebrate this anniversary at home to keep things simple, which is totally understandable! However, if you are considering hiring a venue for this event with a little more open space, why not consider a local village or town hall? These buildings often have a great deal of charm and character and may even be equipped with wooden elements, making them perfect, should you choose to take things literally!
These adorable white wooden hearts make the perfect decorations for your 5th wedding anniversary. They fit the ‘wood’ theme and are a beautiful symbol of the love between you and your spouse, not to mention that they are extremely cost-effective and can be reused after your event. For example, you hand them out as favours or use them as Valentine’s or Christmas tree decorations.
Why not serve snacks in style at your event using artisanal chopping boards, which not only look stunning, but fit the wooden aesthetic of the event. Moreover, you can again reuse these by taking them home or gifting them to guests for a long life of use in the kitchen. Check out Pinterest for ideas of foods to serve on your stylish wooden boards.
As previously mentioned, you can be extra cost-savvy and minimise the waste produced by your celebration if you choose to use your decorations as wedding favours. We love this idea so much because your guests can display them around their own homes and will be reminded of the actual event every time they catch a glimpse of them!
Your 25th wedding anniversary is a huge deal – that’s a quarter of a century of marriage! The material that represents this milestone is far fancier than paper or wood: it’s silver! You can have a lot of fun with this since ‘silver’ can describe both a colour and a material. Here are some 25th wedding anniversary party ideas:
Many people want to make a big deal of their 25th wedding anniversary; after all, it is an impressive milestone! Therefore, your guest list will likely be relatively large. Of course, if you have the space to accommodate all your invitees, you can host a celebration at your home; however, you may also prefer to rent a venue, such as a hotel or dedicated event venue.
Naturally, you will likely want silver decorations for your silver anniversary! There’s a host of stunning silver 25th anniversary party decorations over on Party Puffin, from striking centrepieces to beautifully-decorated balloons, which could even be used to make an appropriately-coloured balloon arch! If you really want to go all out, why not head over to our selection of anniversary venue decorations in London, which includes our 5ft tall light-up letters and numbers? These striking features are sure to create an impression and can be used to spell out a word, such as ‘LOVE’ or create a large ’25’ to celebrate your 25 years of marriage.
For this sort of celebration, you may want to serve a sit-down meal, as well as a fancy finger food buffet. If you do hold the event at a venue such as a hotel or a restaurant, you will, of course, arrange this with them, but if you host it at your home, you could always hire a professional catering service.
If you’re the sentimental type, we’d argue that there’s no better way to thank your guests for joining your celebration than by providing them with the opportunity to immortalise the memories they make at your event with photographs produced with our mirror photobooth in London, which will also double as entertainment for your guests. You could even argue that the mirror finish of the booth counts as silver!
Your 30th or pearl wedding anniversary is undoubtedly an occasion that deserves to be marked. From the venue to decorations and food, here are our favourite 30th anniversary party ideas:
The pearl wedding anniversary is generally considered a major milestone, marking three whole decades of marriage! The venue you choose to celebrate it in should reflect that, whether you choose to rent a space or use your or a loved one’s home or property.
For such a special occasion, we can’t think of anything more fitting than using our graffiti wall hire in London to serve as both decoration for your event and entertainment for your guests! Using a hand-held ‘spray can’, guests can create digital designs on a large screen, which serve as the perfect backdrops for photographs to commemorate the event. Not only this, each design can be saved and even printed onto magnets, hats, bags, postcards, t-shirts, mugs and more.
You will likely want to offer a proper sit-down meal for guests at your 30th anniversary party, and what better way to follow this than with cake? Specifically, a pearl-themed one! Check out Pinterest for some gorgeous pearl-themed cake inspiration. Whether you have a cake made or try your hand at creating one yourself, edible sugar pearls are a must!
These adorable custom love heart sweets are specifically designed to be favours for your 30th wedding anniversary party! We can’t think of a better way to thank your guests for attending your celebration than to hand them these on the way out.
The 40th wedding anniversary is also known as the ruby anniversary. There is no question about the colour scheme you should choose when celebrating this milestone: it simply must be red, the colour of the ruby and the colour that represents romance, love and passion!
No matter the venue that you choose to celebrate in, ensure that it is big enough to accommodate all the guests you plan to invite! No venue is too extravagant for such a joyous occasion.
If you’re searching for unique anniversary venue decorations in London that will make your event one to remember, look no further than our 3D LED dance floor. It will provide not only a striking visual element to your party but also hours of fun for you and your guests, who will not be able to resist busting a move! The size and colour of the floor can be customised for your event – perhaps you’d like a ruby-red colour for your ruby anniversary?
On top of whatever savoury dish you provide to your guests as the main course, why not hire an elegantly mouth-watering chocolate fountain to dip fresh, ruby-red strawberries in? Your guests will have a blast while enjoying this sweet treat, regardless of age.
If you’re in need of 40th anniversary party favour ideas, you’ve come to the right place! We suggest handing guests a little something red as they depart from your celebration to thank them for attending. This could be a red rose, red candle, or even a little pot of artisanal raspberry or strawberry jam!
At the point of your 50th, or gold, wedding anniversary, you have been married for half a century! Such an incredible milestone must not pass without recognition in the form of a fabulous party with a luxurious gold theme.
There’s no need to hold back at the point of your 50th anniversary; your venue should be as extravagant as you please. If you’re in need of inspiration, check out our previous article for a list of the most incredible venues in the capital where you could host your gold anniversary party.
We have several 50th anniversary party decoration ideas for you! First of all, why not show off the impressive milestone you and your spouse have reached by creating a giant light-up ’50’ or spell ‘LOVE’ with our giant LED letters and numbers? These can be placed both indoors and outdoors. Speaking of, if you’re searching for 50th wedding anniversary outdoor party ideas, take a look at this pin for some inspiration.
The food you serve at your gold anniversary celebration must be just as impressive as the milestone itself. That’s why we can’t think of better accompaniments to the main course than our fruit palm tree and chocolate fountain. Decadent and delicious, both of these fantastic food features are visually appealing and tasty, not to mention that they pair together perfectly!
For a unique wedding favour to present to guests upon their departure, why not purchase these cute message bottles, which contain sand and adorable miniature sea shells and beads which can be customised to an on-theme gold colour? You can write a custom message inside thanking your guests for attending, making the perfect little keepsakes for your guests to treasure for years to come.
Make Your Anniversary Party One To Remember
We hope that our article has provided you with plenty of ideas for your upcoming wedding anniversary celebration, be it your first or your 50th! From the venue to the decorations, food, entertainment and favours, there are many decisions to be made when it comes to planning a party to celebrate such exciting milestones. What better way to make your party stand out than with our photo booth hire in London? Not only does this customisable service provide a striking visual element to your event, but it also offers hours of entertainment to your guests, as well as keepsakes for your invitees to take home, treasure and remember the event by in the form of photos.
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