Twenty five years of wedded bliss is an occasion to celebrate. Even if those twenty five years weren’t all bliss, it is still an occasion to celebrate. It is heartwarming to see a couple celebrate their silver anniversary and such a wonderful milestone.
Don’t know where to begin planning a 25th wedding celebration? Here are a few ideas for the 25th wedding celebration. The celebration can be planned by the children, brothers and sisters, wedding party or friends of the couple. The first thing to discuss is the budget and how much money will be available for the party. It is not necessary to go crazy with cost. Then decide on a guest list. It might be just family or it may include friends. If it is just family, how far into the family will the guest list go. Will it include nieces and nephews or include great nieces and nephews. If either of the couple is from a big family, you could be talking big numbers.
After the guest list is decided, plan a menu. Will you have the event catered or will one or two folks be responsible for supplying the food. Perhaps each family will bring one dish or guests will offer to bring something. You should have an idea of what you would like to serve so when offers come in you can assign a specific dish. Otherwise you might end up with one bowl of potato salad and 25 bags of Frito’s and chips, or 11 apple pies and no ice cream. And I’m not saying 11 apple pies are bad for a 25th wedding celebration.
Once the invitations have been sent gifts can be discussed. Will the couple even want gifts? If you have known the couple for a few years you will know what their gift preferences might be. Perhaps they would appreciate a donation to their favorite charity or something as simple as movie or theater tickets. A great gift from the kids might be to clear out of the house for a weekend and give their parents the run of the place. An added bonus would be for the kids to pick up their rooms and tidy up the house before they left. A nice gift might be a nice name sign for the front door or a bench built for two for the backyard. Gift cards to a favorite store or restaurant are always nice. No matter what it is, it will make the 25th wedding celebration very special.
Decorations are next on the list. How about a picture board starting with photos from the couple’s wedding right through the next 25 years? If the couple has a wedding video, establish a viewing time or have the video running in the corner of the room during the party. If you have music at the party, mix in music from the year they were married. Favors might include miniature versions of their wedding invitation in a frame, silver pen with their wedding date inscribed on it or a refrigerator magnet with the couple’s wedding date on it.