I agree with Glenn about friends and family already giving enough. Actually what we did was invited our wedding party and immediate family over for a thank you party, so they could watch the DVD and see pics of wedding and our honeymoon. We stressed no gifts, that this was about them. We made ribs and wings, a full course meal... AND had an OPEN BAR !! We supplied all the booze, buying everything any one of them drank! We had a great time -- this was the weekend before our actual one year because my husband had already planned a long weekend away or our anniversary. Our Theme? Thanks for being in our wedding!
The ONLY REASON we are having a party is because we had a destination wedding with only immediate family and our closest friends. We did not send out invites, wedding announcements or anything like that. We had A LOT going on after we got married like moving and other more important things so we opted out of a reception at the time. I thanked alllll the people that helped and participated in our wedding by buying gifts for everyone. We aren't having this party for gifts, I haven't even thought about gift giving for an anniversary party. All we want to do is celebrate our happiness with family that didn't make it to the wedding and that's mostly all our family. We only had 2 or 3 immediate family members that went with us. And we aren't asking for anything from anybody except to share in our joy!!!!
2011 Mrs. Brown-I think a get together would be nice! No presents necessary, just the company of those you love to share a special time with you. I like that. Make it clear to your guests that there will be no presents required, just their presence is desired. You don't necessarily need to have it on your anniversary, either. Here's a link about the wedding anniversary themes by year. Good luck and happy planning!
Thanks for the info JLU!!! We have so many people asking us "WHERE IS OUR WEDDING & RECEPTION INVITE?" We want to let them know how munch we appreciate their support and understanding of our decision to do a small destination wedding. And my hubby and I are doing A LOT in this first year of marriage.....I THINK WE DESERVE A PARTY!!!!!!!! LOL!!
I am helping to plan my BF wedding which will be 8 days before my 1 year anniversary so that will probably be enough party for one month ... But I don't think its asking to much of family and friends to come enjoy a party if thats what you want to do...Most ppl don't give gifts on anniversaries thats a time for you to give gifts to each other... at least thats the way i've always seen it... We take my parents out to dinner for theirs but thats just because they are our parents I've never given my sister an anniversary gift other than a card and a hug.
That's EXACTLY how I see it Victoria. We didn't have our family and friends come together for a reception, so I don't think we will be asking too much of them to come help us celebrate our 1st year anniversary.
I haen't had a wedding yet but for my family, any reason is a good reason to throw a party! I love to just invie family & friends over for stuff like this b.c it doesnt have to be about getting presants or making people watch your wedding video it cn just be about your family and the people who helped bring you together!