Monday, September 20, 2010

After The Wedding: Anniversaries

It is very easy for couples and their families to get caught up in the wedding planning process and not think much about after the wedding.  Of course the marriage is for a lifetime, but beyond the items on the gift registry that should be used for a good number of years, the wedding anniversary can just become an excuse to go out to dinner after a few years. The excitement of your wedding day should always be remembered, especially on anniversaries.  But going through your guest book to read the warm wishes and advice from friends and family each year may lose its charm after a few anniversaries.

Enter Happily Ever AfterWords.  This idea is as brilliant as it is thoughtful- there are cards for anniversaries 1-50 which guests are asked to fill out, put in its envelope and put into the box.  The cards can be mailed to the guests with the invitation (Pro: guests have time to write a meaningful note, con: guests may lose or forget to bring card to wedding) or you can have the cards and box set up on a table at the reception.  Each anniversary, the couple reaches into the box and reads the card with the corresponding year.  HOW GREAT!  This is something new to look forward to each year with your spouse and you can even start a new book to keep each year's message.  This amazing gift is something personalized and really is the gift that keeps on giving.  A great idea for any engaged couples you may know.

To add my personal spin on things, I love the idea of the bride and groom taking time in the weeks before their wedding to write each other a couple of letters to be opened on their 1st, 5th, and 20th anniversaries.  They can write what they wish for each other, where they expect their lives to be at that point, or any personal messages.  Hope some of this can inspire you.  Enjoy! 

Anniversary Box


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