Great ideas for a golden wedding anniversary

19 Jan 2017

For those fortunate enough to celebrate a golden wedding anniversary, here are some great ideas to make the celebration an event of a lifetime

Words: Dakota Murphey

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Celebrating 50 years of marriage is a truly special event - an amazing milestone that marks a myriad of memories and stories that you share together as a couple. It is no wonder that this landmark occasion is traditionally symbolized with gifts of gold.

However, organising a fitting event to celebrate something this big can prove just as stressful as planning a wedding, therefore you might wish to hire an expert to plan the celebration for you. Find a good party planner and establish a great working rapport to make sure s/he is guided by your ideas and suggestions of how the big day should unfold. Here’s how to get started.

Who to invite?

You and your husband should sit down and make a list of family, friends and the people you both know who you would like to see at your event. You should also check with family members if they’d like some of their friends to attend.

Whether your golden anniversary party is going to be traditional, formal, or casual, you’ll want to make sure the invitations match the tone. Gold embossed lettering works well and you could even include a blown-up picture of you and your husband on your wedding day.

There’s really so much you can do, and your event organiser will be able to suggest some wonderfully creative invitation designs.

Where to celebrate?

Throw a party at home or hire a spectacular venue for the day. If your budget allows, you could take everyone away for a party of their lives – a large chateaux in France, perhaps, a country farmhouse in Umbria, or a yacht in the waters of Greece. The only limitation is your imagination.

For a home hosted event, a marquee in the garden may be just what’s needed. More than just a tent, you can hire luxury marquees in many shapes and sizes. Why not go the whole hog and surprise your guests with a beautiful Arabian tent, complete with food, music and belly dancers for an immersive themed experience?

And talking of themes, here’s another couple of ideas that might spark the imagination....

Go for gold

For a more formal celebration in the garden, why not go all out and hire a gold marquee? Stick with the theme throughout and include traditional décor, such as:

  • Ivory table cloths
  • Centrepieces of ivory-coloured pillar candles, set upon golden plates. Tied around the base of the candles could be a ring of golden tulle and tiny violets.
  • Gold and silver balloons in bunches could be placed around the room. To add to the effect, why not hang gold and silver streamers on the walls?
  • Your old wedding photos could be presented on a table.
  • Pictures from the years could be used as place mats or left on the tables.
  • If you still have it, your old wedding dress could be on display.


Old Hollywood glamour

For class, elegance and glamour, you can’t beat Old Hollywood style. Treat your guests to the glorious music of Barbara Streisand, Dean Martin, Perry Como and Frank Sinatra. How about a red carpet rolled out for you and your husband when you arrive?

Decorate the marquee in classic Hollywood colours of red and black, which would add a chic and sophisticated atmosphere to the event. You could even ask your guests to wear Hollywood-inspired outfits and props, like feather boas, and carry cigarette holders. The waiters could also be dressed in a classic Hollywood look, while serving chilled bottles of champagne.

Capturing a lifetime of happiness

A great way to recall happy memories of the past 50 years is to have a slideshow or video made and show it during the event. This presentation can be projected onto a plain wall throughout the evening, so everyone gets to see it.

Of course, don’t forget to capture your golden wedding celebrations on film too. That way, you can make the memories last a lifetime – and beyond.

Five golden wedding anniversary gift ideas

Finally, no golden wedding anniversary celebration would be complete with suitable gifts for the (still) happy couple. But what do you give two people who seem to have it all? Here are five ideas that may just work:

1. Perfect pictures

Find an old favourite photo of the golden couple and give it the special treatment. You could have a painting made from it, or have it blown up on canvas, or simply buy an ornate frame to set it off perfectly.

Alternatively, why not organise a professional photographer to take a family portrait that can be presented in a gold frame or even canvas printed? Just imagine the years of pleasure this will bring.

2. Newspaper nostalgia

How about sourcing an original newspaper from the date of the wedding 50 years ago? It’s a beautiful reminder of what happened on the big day and will bring back lots of happy memories.

3. Family history

Why not shed some light on the family tree going back generations, or the history of the couple’s surname? Genealogy is hugely popular, and not just among the older generation. There are many companies specialising in family search services and you can have a family booklet, chart or poster printed with the results – including your very own family crest – which would make a very special golden wedding anniversary present indeed.

4. Garden joy

Flowers are always a beautiful and thoughtful gift, but if you are looking for a plant-based gift that keeps on giving, how about something for the garden? If the happy couple are keen gardeners, roses are always a favourite. Rosa Golden Wedding is the perfect choice – it’s a vigorous compact plant with clusters of large, well-formed golden yellow flowers and a light fragrance.

5. Making memories

Material gifts aren’t always the right solution, but what if you could give the couple a memorable experience? Whether you go for fine dining followed by tickets to a West End show and an overnight stay in a plush hotel, a spa weekend in the country or a trip of a lifetime to somewhere they’ve always wanted to go (or back to), there must be something that will make the heart sing.

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