A 25th anniversary is a milestone that not very many married couples reach. Staying together for the long haul takes responsibility, an eagerness to put another person’s requirements before your own, and — let’s be honest — a decent piece of karma! In case you’re planning a 25th-anniversary party for yourself or a friend or family member, it’s easy to feel a ton of strain to go all out to honor that sort of suffering affection.
All things being equal, you don’t have to lose everything planning a 25th-anniversary party. We’ll take you through some 25th-anniversary ideas that are both reasonable and memorable, from cheap yet tasteful 25th-anniversary invitations to homemade photograph montages.
1.) Gather old photographs for invitations and style.
Since a 25th anniversary is all about remembering old recollections, old photographs from all through the couple’s marriage will be essential. You may even choose you to need them before the actual party with the goal that you can utilize them in photograph invitations, similar to the example beneath.
Here’s a tip: gathering photographs frequently takes longer than you might suspect — 25 years ago, individuals didn’t regularly post photographs online through social media and photograph sharing destinations. Going through stacks of photograph albums, diving through memory encloses the attic, and contacting the couple’s family and old companions to hack up their photographs of the couple could take months, so make sure you move started immediately. You’ll require a large assortment of photographs to create smart photograph montages like the one underneath.
2.) Send welcomes to the couple’s original wedding party (and arrange video messages from the individuals who can’t attend)
A few couples stay close with their original wedding party all their lives, yet again and again, they lose contact throughout the long term. Imagine what it would mean to the couple to have that wedding party all together again without precedent for 25 years. Making this happen requires a tad of research and calling around to confirm addresses and gather interest, yet it’s always worth the exertion. Assuming a few or all of the wedding party or visitors live out of state, it will be imperative to get the 25th-anniversary invitations out as soon as conceivable.
Some old companions of the couple may not have the option to attend in person because of finances or coordination, however, that doesn’t mean they can’t attend in the soul. Solicitation video good tidings from visitors who can’t attend and play them during the party with the goal that two or three knows visitors who are absent are as yet considering them and wishing them well.
3.) Get creative with homemade silver garlands.
The 25th anniversary has been known as the silver anniversary since antiquity, yet the expense of customary silver decorations can stack up rapidly. On the off chance that you make them yourself, notwithstanding, silver decorations can be absolutely frugal. We suggest making your own silver tissue paper garlands or silver fabric garlands to drape over the walls, along staircases, or even around tables.The web abounds with bit by bit tutorials, however here are two examples to kick you off:
Do-It-Yourself Fringe Tassel Garland from Camille Styles (utilizes tissue paper)
Do-It-Yourself Tassel Garland from My Calico Skies (utilizes fabric)
The principal tassel may take you some an ideal opportunity to make, yet once you get its hang, the rest should go significantly more rapidly, especially in the event that you enroll the assistance of a couple of crafty companions.
4.) Use silver candies in glass jars as a stylistic layout.
Have a display of decorative glass jars, everything being equal, sizes and statures loaded up with luscious silver candies to commemorate the silver anniversary. Examples include silver-thwarted Hershey’s Kisses, silver Jordan almonds, silver shine sixlets, silver M&M’s, and silver gumballs. A wide variety of silver candies are available online or in candy stores in mass. You can adorn these glass jars with silver ribbons to add a bit of elegance.
5.) Layer twinkle lights under white linens to create a lovely glow
Twinkling lights are a beautiful accent to silver decorations. Layered under white tablecloths, they add a subtle glow that creates a sparkling ambiance. If you are hosting the party outdoors, you can wrap twinkle lights around trees and bushes to create the same effect. You likely already have a few sets of white Christmas lights on hand, and if not, they can be easily borrowed from friends and family.
6.) Have an instant camera on hand for printed photos with the couple to be used in a special memory book.
Get your hands on an instant camera so guests can take pictures with the couple that print immediately. You can typically find Polaroid cameras used for around $40. Once the photos print, guests can add the photos to a guest book and write well wishes for the couple.
A more modern option would be a smartphone photo cube printer, which allows you to instantly print the photos you take on your phone without a computer. At $159, plus the cost of glossy photo paper to go with it, this is a far less economical option. However, you may decide the higher quality of printed photos is worth the price tag for an added layer of enjoyment at the anniversary party.
7.) Create a Special Poster Board Display Featuring “Then and Now” Photos and a “Timeline of Love”
Using a three-panel poster board, tell the story of the happy couple using photos and a little creativity. Devote two panels of the poster board to a “Then and Now” display featuring photos and factoids about the year the couple got married and the year of their 25th-anniversary celebration. Then and now factoids might include:
1991: Chicago Bulls were NBA champions / 2016: Spurs and Golden State are dominant
1991: Terminator 2 and Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves were hit movies / 2016: Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Deadpool are hit movies.
1991: Full House was a hit TV show / 2016: Fuller House is a hit TV show
For the center panel of the poster board, create a Timeline of Love highlighting important dates over the years and photos to go along with the dates. Make sure you include the following dates:
Year the couple met
Year the couple got engaged
Year the couple got married
Year(s) the couple had children
Year the couple bought their first house
Year(s) the couple made major moves or took major trips
Year(s) of major career changes
8.) Plan lots of fun games
What’s a party without a little entertainment? Fun games are the key to making a 25th-anniversary party memorable. Here are some ideas:
Trivia from the couple’s wedding year with prizes for guests who get the most trivia questions right.
A newlywed game for the couple to test how well they know each other after 25 years of marriage. This can be a game that only the couple can play, or you can adapt it into a competition so that all the other couples attending can play as well.
Karaoke featuring music from the couple’s wedding year.
We hope this list inspires you to plan a truly memorable (and affordable!) 25th-anniversary party. Here’s hoping the couple gets to celebrate all over again at their 50th anniversary!