While every wedding anniversary calls for a special celebration, traditionally, anniversaries below 20 years are marked quietly between the couple or with a few friends and family. However, times have changed – we are now seeing many couples throwing big parties for their fifth and tenth year anniversaries. That is not surprising as fewer and fewer couples ever make it to their fifth year together in marriage. Throwing a party to celebrate your wedding anniversary is one of the best way to celebrate many years of a successful marriage, and this post will show you how to plan an affordable (or big) wedding anniversary in 9 simple steps.
Like every other kind of party, you need to plan a wedding anniversary party, if you want it to turn our fabulous – no matter whether you have a big or small budget. It is easier and less stressful to plan your wedding anniversary if have a guide on things to do and when. So, to help you out, in this post, we will guide you through the simple 9 steps for planning a glam wedding anniversary party that will wow your guests. Read on.
Checklist for Throwing a Fabulous Wedding Anniversary in Nigeria
Step 1: Fix a Date and Time for the Wedding Anniversary Party
Weekends are the usual and best time for any kind of party, and will be more comfortable for your guests. So, consider fixing your wedding anniversary party on a weekend or around a public holiday. The best time to host a wedding anniversary is a date near your actual anniversary day – either fix it on the same date as your actual wedding date, or a few weeks before or after the actual wedding date.
Some factors may cause you to move your anniversary party far away from the actual anniversary date, such as the when your most important guests (VIPs), your children or closest friends would be free to attend – I mean, those people that you can’t think of having the party without their presence, and don’t mind shifting the date in their favor.
Step 2: Fix a Spending Limit (Budget) for the Party
First decide on the type of wedding anniversary party you want to host – big or small, low-key?
Obviously, you won’t want to spend your entire life savings to throw a wedding anniversary party, so that is why you should set a spending limit by making a party budget – set aside a specific amount of money for the party.
Your party budget will determine every other detail about your party – such as the number of people you can invite, the type and size of place to use as venue; and quantity of food and drinks to buy. Basically how much you budget will determine whether the party will be a low-key or a big owambe.
To avoid overspending, once you fix the overall wedding anniversary party budget, break it down into a rough estimate as follows:
- Catering/ Food + Drinks
- Optional, if you plan to have a big or classy-but-small wedding anniversary party:
- Venue: this could be a hotel, restaurant where you rent a space or block one or more tables for you and your guests.
- Venue Decoration
- Entertainment/ DJ (music)
- Souvenirs (gifts for your guests)
HINT: For a low budget wedding anniversary party, you’ll want to use what you have – your house or backyard as the venue; play music from DVDs you have at home; cook the food yourself. If you have grown-up kids, they will be thrilled if you involve them here and there – children love to be part of their parents’ anniversary celebration.
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