Seven Wonderful Anniversary Traditions for Newly Married Couples


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I have to admit that the first few anniversaries my husband and I celebrated were duds. Neither of us cares very much about extravagant gifts for that type of occasion, but one of us cares very much about celebrating milestones like birthdays and anniversaries in a meaningful, special way. For the first few years, we felt pressure to find a gift for each other, but trying to figure out what that gift would be was stressful. We realized after a few mediocre anniversary celebrations that it was important for us to be reminded of the memories of our wedding day in some way. It’s amazing how tasting a piece of your wedding cake or staying in the same place you got married jogs so many memories you don’t have time to remember throughout the busy year. One of the easiest ways to take the stress out of anniversary gift giving is to have a tradition you and your spouse do every year. You may add or subtract different elements depending on circumstances, but if you’re starting with the same romantic tradition every year, you’re setting yourselves up for success. So now, each year, my husband and I look through our wedding album, watch our wedding video, and celebrate by doing one of these traditions. I’ll let you read below to find out which one works for us!

Spend the Night at Your Wedding Venue


Sweet Little Photographs

If we lived anywhere near where we got married, I would love to do this every year. It’s a nice little getaway for you and your spouse to spend a night or two at the same place you got married. You can stroll around to all the places you had photos taken or had different events and be reminded of the memories of your wedding day.

Recreate Your Wedding Meal


Erica Kelley Photography

Not everyone lives close enough to their wedding venue (or has the budget) to return every year. Here’s another option – spend the night in with your spouse recreating your wedding meal. Stock up on really nice ingredients, and set the table with your wedding colors or even a few of your wedding gifts. If you manage to create some of the same flavours as the meal you shared on your wedding day, it will bring back a flood of memories.

Open a Bottle of Your Wedding Wine


Michelle Cross

We live in Ireland now, but we got married back in the States. Since we don’t always visit on our anniversary, each time we’re there we try to pick up a bottle of our wedding wine to share. This would be even more fun had we gotten married in a vineyard, but it’s still fun to say we’re drinking our wedding wine!

Split a Piece of Your Wedding Cake


Elizabeth in Love

We have friends who recreate a mini version of their wedding cake each year on their anniversary and I just love that idea. They ask the same baker to make a mini version of their wedding cake and make sure to slice into it together, remembering the day they did the same in front of all their family and friends. This might be the most delicious and stress free way to mark your anniversary!

Book an Anniversary Photo Shoot


Jamison Elizabeth Photography

This idea is becoming more and more popular, especially as couples make stronger connections with their wedding photographers. If you just loved your wedding photographer, what better way to celebrate your anniversary than by getting the special treatment from them on your anniversary! But you don’t have to dish out big bucks for an anniversary shoot with a professional to have a special memento from your anniversary. It’s just as easy to get dressed up with your spouse and have a friend snap a few photos before you head off to dinner. But here’s one tip that can help you get glowy photos without a professional – wait until the hour before sunset when the light is the softest.

Invest in a Piece of Art


Home Adore

This is actually the tradition my husband and I have started just this year and we’re already feeling relieved! We decided that each year, instead of worrying about finding each other a gift, we’re going to invest in a piece of art for our home. We’ll choose it together, which is a fun process, and then we’ll slowly build an art collection of pieces we might one day pass on to our children. It has taken all of the stress out of our anniversary, but we still feel like we’re celebrating with a special treat.

Or Make a Piece of Art!


 From China Village

I absolutely love seeing visual reminders of our wedding day around our house. When I made over our bedroom last year, I decided to turn a quote from our wedding ceremony into a piece of artwork. It’s not fancy – just a canvas, a little paint and my best handwriting, but I love waking up to this reminder every morning. Another year, I also created a few prints from pieces of our wedding song and the song I danced to with my father. Just a few more sweet, visual reminders of our wedding day that make me smile throughout the year.

Customize a Wedding Gift


A Heirloom

Here’s another sweet idea you could try – have a gift made from a piece of fabric or flowers from your wedding day. If you have a swatch of extra fabric from your dress, your husband might have a necklace made to celebrate your anniversary. Likewise, you might have a pocket square made for him! A few months ago, I wrote about these five ways to save a piece of your wedding day that might give you some anniversary inspiration! Do you have any anniversary traditions or ways you celebrate every year? We’d love to hear your ideas in the comments!

em_westbrooks_175Emily Westbrooks is an American-born writer and blogger based in Dublin, Ireland. She is the Online Editor for Confetti Magazine, one of Ireland’s top bridal magazines. She also writes her own lifestyle blog, From China Village, where she chronicles her adventures in Dublin, travels around Europe, DIY projects and Irish design. She shares her home with her husband, one cat, and four sassy chickens!


Win a package of hand-lettered wedding paper goods from JuneBride Lettering!

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Pretty paper goods play a huge role in your wedding: they’re the first impression a guest gets of your wedding celebration, and are used to convey so many important messages to your loved ones. Whether you’re asking your bridesmaids to stand with you, or inviting a friend to your wedding day, or thanking your relatives for their thoughtful gifts, it’s important your wedding paper goods are the best representation of you! But there are so many choices out there in the wide world of wedding stationery, so where’s a bride to start?

One of our favorite places to find unique, affordable and personalized wedding stationery is on Etsy. The community of talented artists, hand-lettering experts and designers offers a wide range of stationery options in thousands of styles. One of our favorite shops is JuneBride Lettering, which specializes in personalized, whimsical hand-lettered invites which are custom made for every bride and groom. And you really can get any kind of lovely wedding paper from JuneBride Lettering — from cards for your bridesmaids to table numbers to invites and more!

The artist behind JuneBride Lettering, Katy, works on collaborating with clients on the design, so every paper good is perfect for the occasion! Her work is also eco friendly — every design is created on high-quality recycled cardstock. If you envision your wedding paper goods being whimsical, fun and personal with a touch of rustic, then June Bride Lettering is for you!

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A Dreamy Summer Garden wedding by Katie Pritchard Photography


Picture a secret, flower-filled garden, bright California sunshine, a dapper bowtie-d groown and a breathtakingly beautiful bride — and now take that image and make it a hundred times lovelier. That’s a kind of what today’s gorgeous wedding by Katie Pritchard is like…but better!

Michelle and Joey were married in a dreamy summer garden wedding at The Gardens at Heather Farms (which may be one of our new favorite venues in Northern California). Surrounded by family, friends, and oh-so-many roses, they said their vows and partied the night away in an elegantly-decorated white, black and floral-themed reception. We particularly love Michelle’s stunning bridal beauty look with her natural, wavy hair and gorgeous gown. But enough about what we love — check out Michelle and Joey’s wedding day to get inspired yourself!




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6 Planning Hacks For a Dream Wedding (without blowing your budget)


Ciara Richardson

Most of us brides start fantasizing about our weddings long before the bended knee, and no doubt things like a string quartet, elaborate cake, and Vera Wang come to mind. But when it gets down to slicing up the budget, aspects we hadn’t even considered (service fees, tips, napkins, envelopes, transportation – don’t even get me started on taxes!) start chipping away at our sometimes modest allowances, leaving little room to pull off the designs we envision.

Even so, there’s no need to stare at Pinterest with a box of tissues, mourning over the tablescapes that can never be. With a few creative alternatives, you can keep the look and feel of your wedding while saving those dollars for your top priority items.

See below for some popular wedding trends and themes, and how you can achieve them with these wedding planning hacks – without sacrificing that (enter your non-negotiable wedding must here).

1. Farm Tables

Farm Table

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Who doesn’t love the look of bare wooden farm tables? If you have found a venue that provides them – you are in luck! These suckers can be very pricey to rent, depending on where you live. And though you can cover up less expensive tables with linens, if you are going for a rustic or minimalist look, you need something that is both attractive and affordable.


Picnic tables are a charming alternative to farm tables, and from what I’ve found, they can be half the price.

Picnic Table 1

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Picnic 2

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You can ask you vendor if they offer end cap benches and bonus points if you can find some with benches that aren’t attached to the table at all, which brings me to my next point:

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