10 paper ideas for your first wedding anniversary

21 May 2019

To celebrate your first year of marriage, here are 10 paper gift ideas to mark the milestone

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Your first year of marriage is one of the most special anniversary milestones. So much can happen in the first 12 months that it should be suitably celebrated when your wedding date comes around once again. 

Paper is the material which commemorates the first wedding anniversary, symbolising modest beginnings and the potential to grow into something far richer. Indeed, as the years go by the anniversary material becomes more expensive and luxurious...and we all hope for diamonds on our 60th anniversary.

Paper also represents natural growth and the first page of your future together, one that we hope is filled with health, happiness and prosperity.

There are many ways you can get creative with paper to turn it into something meaningful as a gift for your partner. Here are 10 ideas to get you started...

1. Your wedding reading or vows

Remind your partner of the day that you committed yourselves to one another with a print-out of your selected wedding reading or personal vows. 

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2. Your first dance song

Another way you can reflect on your wedding day on your first anniversary is to have the lyrics or music sheet of your first dance song printed and framed. 

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3. A poem in your own words

Put pen to paper and write a heartfelt poem or verse that really shows your other half how much you care. You could base it on your love story - from the moment you met to the present day, or focus on your first year as a wedded couple, detailing the achievements you have enjoyed together along the way.

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4. A personalised photo book

Choose your favourite photos, from your first date to your wedding day and beyond, and compile them into a scrap book or professionally printed album. 

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5. Tickets or boarding passes

Surprise your husband or wife with tickets to a show or sporting event. If your budget can stretch further, whisk them away for a long weekend or week abroad and present them with their boarding pass or e-ticket.  

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6. Paper planes

Symbolic of both the 'paper' aspect and the journey you continue together, a paper plane allows you to be creative. You could buy a necklace with a paper plane pendant or cufflinks depicting the same, or simply gift the other a paper plane made by yours truly...depending on how romantic you are. 

 
 
 
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7. Date night cards

Keep the romance alive and create a set of 52 handwritten date night cards with ideas for the next day, evening or weekend spent together. When selected at random, this adds an element of surprise and should (hopefully) ensure you commit to at least one date night a week for the rest of the year.

 
 
 
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8. Travel map

Avid travellers? You could buy a 'scratch the world' travel map or create your own by attaching a world map to a pin board and pinning the locations you have visited as a couple...perfect for planning your next destination. 

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9. Reasons I Love You jar

Create a 'Reasons I Love You' jar by decorating an empty jam jar and filling it with 20+ handwritten reasons why you adore your husband or wife. If you're not an overly romantic sort, this gesture is sure to surprise them. 

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10. Your baby scan

Expecting a baby within the first year of marriage? A paper print of your baby scan mounted and framed will serve as a beautiful reminder of just how much your lives have changed (and are changing) for the better. 

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Cheryl C 24 September 2020
My husband got me a special gift certificate (paper) for an anniversary sundial (a cool clock that uses the sun) and did both traditional and modern 1st anniversary gifts in one! I thought he was pretty clever doing that, but the sundial was wonderful – it is made of glass and sits on the windowsill indoors in our family room, and it makes beautiful rainbows in the room whenever the sun shines. It also has a personalized date line that the time shadow follows on our anniversary day each year, and a special mark on that line that the shadow touches at the actual time that we got married, and if we are both home we drink a toast together when it happens. I don’t remember what it’s called but you can find it online with a search. I thought it was a brilliant idea!

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