Celebrating a wedding anniversary, especially a milestone anniversary, calls for gathering friends and possibly generations of family. Here are some tips to help you plan a party for a golden wedding anniversary.
Picking a venue
First, you’ll need to choose a location for the party. Depending on the number of people you expect, you may host the shindig at home, at a restaurant or a large catered banquet hall.
A professional venue offers a few advantages over a restaurant, especially if you expect to seat a large number of people. In-house catering can make your life easier and actually save you money.
If you choose a commercial option, visit a few potential places to get an idea of the options. Ask about amenities, catering menus and prices. Then, choose the venue that best suits your needs.
Choosing food, beverages
If you have the event catered, you still have many options. Your caterer will typically present you with menu options. Think about the couple's favorite meals. Can you perhaps re-create the menu from their wedding or one of their favorite dishes?
Also, think about what hors d'oeuvres you’d like.
Lastly, you’ll need to decide how to serve alcoholic beverages. Would you like to offer a full open bar, have only wine and beer, or stick to an all-cash bar? Talk with your venue about each option’s cost.
Any wedding anniversary party should have entertainment. Depending on your budget, you may choose a DJ, band or just play the couple’s favorite music. It's also a good idea to find out the couple's wedding song and make sure it’s played at a special moment during the event.
You have many options for designing invitations for a 50th anniversary party. Include a picture of the couple now, a photo from their wedding day or just keep it simple and elegant with golden accents.
The invitations should include details such as date, time and location. Also enclose an RSVP card for guests to return so you can keep a tally of confirmed guests.
Another option is creating and sending online invitations that include an RSVP.
Setting the stage
For example: Gold symbolizes a 50th wedding anniversary, so try to tie this color into your party decorations and table settings. Start with ivory colored linens and add golden doilies under plates, gold ribbon tied around the backs of chairs, napkins tied with gold ribbon, golden candlesticks as centerpieces or whatever accents you choose.
Also, incorporate your guests of honor into the decorations. Make a collage of photos from their marriage or display various pictures in golden frames on each table.
Have party favors?
Party favors are a way to help guests remember the celebration. One great option is to personalize a chocolate bar wrapper to commemorate the day — in gold, of course. You can also personalize a split of champagne or tiny champagne glasses.
In recent years, it’s become popular to make a donation to a charity in the guests’ names in lieu of a party favor. Let guests know with a small golden card informing them of the donation.
Honoring a marriage
Planning a wedding anniversary party shows how much you care for the couple being honored. It lets friends and family gather to celebrate the triumphs of many years of marriage. By staying organized and choosing the right venue and caterer, you can create a night to remember for both the anniversary couple and the guests.