Step 11: Buy Party Souvenirs (Favours) for Guests
Souvenirs or party favors are a great way to say ‘thank you’ to your guests; a small ‘something else’ you want them to remember your event for. And Nigerian party guests are almost always expecting to receive take-home, ‘thank-you’ gifts from the hosts. This is not mandatory, and so you should only do it if you have extra cash. And, don’t under-feed your guests just because you want to pinch some money to buy souvenirs.
If you plan to give guests party favours (souvenirs), there’s no rules as to what it should be or how big or expensive – just be yourself. It can even be as simple as some chin-chin or cake or a non-edible present wrapped in a transparent nylon – anything you like. And, you can package the souvenirs yourself, with the help of a few friends.
Ideas for popular, small party favors in Nigeria include: serving plates/ dishes, drinking glasses, notepads with a picture of the couple printed on it
Step 12: Your Attire for Wedding Anniversary
What to wear: Wearing white may appear somehow to your guests, even if the outfit looks great. As a Nigerian, you have the option of wearing a traditional wear and a long gown/ dress. If you choose to wear a long dressy-gown, any style or colour would do. Some stylish women choose to wear a long wedding-gown-like, dinner-gown-like dress that is NOT WHITE. Men don’t have problems with a choice of vow renewal outfit, your husband can wear a suit or a Nigerian traditional menswear.
Wedding Anniversary Rings: Many couples choose to exchange new rings (anniversary bands) every year they renew their vows. While that is optional, most couples also use that time to upgrade their original wedding rings (especially if the original one has become tighter or was just a management-ring).
Flower bouquet: It’s perfectly okay to carry a bouquet on your vow renewal ceremony – I’ve seen a couple of women do this. To add some fun to it, your husband could pin a matching flower-buttonhole (aka boutoniere) on his suit.
Step 13: Final Check
A week and days up to the wedding anniversary day is when to check up on the venue and vendors (caterrs, MC, DJ, cake baker and so on) – you don’t want any last minute fails or no-show from anyone.
Step 14: The Anniversary Party Day
Go to your party with ‘the love of your life’ and be merry.
Why Every Wedding Anniversary Should be a Big Deal
At this time when millions of marriages don’t make it to their 5th or 10th year together, every single year of successful marriage is a big achievement and deserves to be celebrated – not many Nigerian couples survive it. The Bible advises us to ‘count our blessings, one by one”. Organizing a wedding anniversary party is a great way for married couples to renew their marriage vows and commitment to each other, and celebrate the the number of years they have been happily married.
Marriage Anniversary Celebration Trend: Before and Now
In the past, married couples who threw wedding anniversary parties were those who were marking anything from their 20th anniversary milestone. Traditionally, wedding anniversaries below the 20th were usually marked quietly between the couples – no parties (of course, marriages used to last forever, and so people only celebrated when their years together was considered a BIG milestone). But these days we are seeing couples celebrating their marriage anniversary from as early as their fifth year of marriage.
This article is inspired by one of our readers who is celebrating their 10th wedding anniversary this month. She emailed to ask us for a step by step guide on how to plan an affordable wedding anniversary party – we hope that will help help others too. A decade (full 10 years) in marriage is not an easy feat, and calls for a special celebration.
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Wedding Anniversary Party Planning Takeaway
That’s it from us on the 9 simple steps to planning an affordable wedding anniversary party, even with a small budget. As a recap, to organize a fab wedding anniversary, you need to think about answering these questions: When, where, how much and who to invite. Next is the décor, food/ drinks, entertainment/ music and party favour. And of course, you need to think about who will help you out with putting things together. Like weddings, it is best to start planning early. The best time to start planning a wedding anniversary is at least one month before your actual wedding anniversary date.
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