The perfect golden wedding anniversary celebration doesn’t have to be expensive, although it can still be elaborate. What matters is that you celebrate it with people closest to your heart.
How do you throw a memorable party without breaking the bank?
Set a budget and stick with it
Make a list of everything you need, including the number of guests. This will help you determine how small or large the gathering will be. From there, it’ll be easier to identify the venue as well as the volume of food and drinks.
Cater or contribute
You can always do the cooking so you can save on food, but hiring a caterer offers certain advantages, especially if you don’t want to be stressed out. But how about asking family and friends to cook a dish or two as a gift? You will be able to feed all your guests and not spend a lot on food. As for the cake, opt for a beautiful sheet cake rather than the layered one to save on cost.
Pick the right date
The right date in this context is one where venue rentals are not overpriced. Although you would want the celebration to fall on the actual anniversary day, it doesn’t always have to be. The idea is to pick a date that is off-season to save on the venue rental.
Opt for DIY
What is great about a 50th wedding anniversary is that the colour is gold, the same shade used in most Christmas decorations. Unless your wedding anniversary falls on the Yuletide season, you can purchase discounted Christmas decorations that you can use for DIY party decorations. These include votive candles, and gold balls, charger plates, pillar candles and fabrics. You can then rally friends and family to help you create festive decorations suitable for a golden wedding anniversary. DIY decors may take time to create, but making them will serve as a great bonding time for everyone. So, you’re actually killing two birds with one stone.
Delegate to the right candidate
Since you’ve already asked for help in organising your 50th-anniversary party, might as well make the most of it. Do you have a friend or family member who has talents related to music and entertainment? Make them part of your guest list and see if they don’t mind bartending or DJ-ing during the celebration. If not, borrow someone else’s home entertainment system if the venue is not equipped with it, or when you want to save on rental fees. This is also a great option if the venue’s equipment is not up to your distinct standards.
While a golden wedding anniversary is a major milestone in a couple’s life, celebrating it “just for two” or with family and close friends is also ideal. It will still be as memorable even if you make it very exclusive, plus it will be less costly to hold. These ideas are not party ideas per se but doesn’t mean they are not a celebration.
Renew your wedding vows.
You can make it meaningful by renewing your wedding vows. The ceremony doesn’t have to be as grand as the original wedding. You can have your family members serve as your entourage. You can even wear simple party clothes to the occasion or if you really want that wedding ambience, you can run to your tailor to have your wedding suits and gowns re-done. That will save you the cost of having new ones.
If you have couples attending the ceremony, such as your children and their partners, you can even ask them not only to stand as your new witnesses but also participate in the renewal of their own wedding vows. Now that will make the celebration even more memorable.
Go on a trip.
The 50th wedding anniversary is most significant to the couple celebrating it. So why not go on a vacation “just for two”. Now that the kids are all grown and living lives of their own, you can splurge on an anniversary trip. Some travel agents make special tour packages for seniors. Check out www.travelrite.com.au or https://www.seniorscoachtours.com.au for some ideas.
Make a scrapbook or a digital photo book.
What better way to remember your golden anniversary than viewing pictures of memories created spanning 50 years. Collect photos of major milestones of your marriage, trips, celebrations as well as people who have contributed to solidifying the marriage bonds.
Make a scrapbook, or if you’re a tech-savvy couple, make a photo book as a memento of your 50th anniversary. It will also make a great keepsake for your children who will always have a photo story of your life together and something they can show their children of what great love stories are made of.
While planning your own golden wedding anniversary party can be stressful, it is the best way to save money than if you were to hire an events planner. Then again, some planner may offer packages that suit your budget and provide you with all you need for a dream 50th-anniversary party.
You can also consider exclusive celebrations which involve just you, the couple and/or a handful of family and friends. You may spend more per head but get more value in the long run.
Check out all your options and make comparisons, so you will know which one allows you to celebrate on a budget.
Did you find this article useful? Do you have some ideas of your own that you can share with our readers? Share your own experience by leaving a comment below.
This post was first published on 21 August 2015
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