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Key Wedding Anniversaries You Should Be Celebrating

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Weddings are both exciting and life-changing! Depending on the culture, wedding celebrations typically last from a few hours to a few days. However, after months or even years of planning, it can feel like a let down once the wedding day is done.

Not to worry, though; the good news is that there are many more years of celebration ahead in the form of anniversaries. These milestones provide an opportunity for a husband and wife to appreciate each other and commemorate the day they decided to solidify their union and commit to loving each other forever.

Although every year of a successful marriage is a cause for celebration, some years serve as key milestones. This article will explore the major wedding anniversaries by year, their symbolism, and ideas about how you can celebrate these milestones.

First Wedding Anniversary – Paper

The first year of marriage is characterized by adjustment for a new couple as you focus on building and adapting to your new life as a unit. As the date of your first anniversary draws closer, you and your partner may ponder on gifts or a notable activity to commemorate your special day.

However exciting this milestone may be, many young couples are still recovering financially from what they spent on their wedding; therefore, there isn’t much wiggle room in your budget to do something grand to celebrate.

Consequently, the first wedding anniversary is symbolized by paper, which is affordable and signifies a new beginning or a fresh start.” Remember, there is a whole life ahead for you to experience as a couple, so don’t fret if you’re not in a position to do anything fancy for your first anniversary.

A few gift ideas surrounding this milestone include tickets to see your spouse’s favorite movie, game, or live band, a good book, or a customized journal.

Additionally, some couples freeze the top tier of their wedding cake and ceremoniously cut it on their first anniversary.

Fifth Anniversary – Wood

Five years later, it’s safe to say that you and your partner are no longer referred to as “newlyweds.” At this point, your relationship has been tried and tested by different life experiences; therefore, a marriage still standing is worth celebrating.

“By the fifth year of marriage, your union is considered strong, bearing deep and solid roots like a tree.” As a result, the symbolism used for this anniversary is wood.

Some traditional gift ideas around this theme are wooden clocks, jewelry boxes, or kitchenware. More contemporary gift choices are a wooden picture frame, wine, chocolates, or scented candles in a beautifully carved wooden box.

Anniversary gift card red wine and wine glasses

Also, if you and your spouse are adventurous, you can plan an activity around a wooden theme, for example, hiking in a park or camping in the woods.

Tenth Anniversary – Tin

Ten years of marriage is no mean feat; it’s an entire decade of commitment to the same person! “The durability of a marriage union at this stage is symbolized by tin.” This metal is not easily oxidized. Therefore, it stands the test of time.

A physical property of tin metal is that it is used as a protective coating to prevent other metals from rusting. Symbolically, a couple that has been married for ten years is well equipped to “protect” other couples by advising and mentoring them.

Practical gift ideas for the tenth wedding anniversary include vases, cooking sets, and candle holders.

15th Anniversary – Crystal

This year is where we bring elegance to the anniversary celebrations!

“Finally, after 15 years together, the couple begins to see each other distinctly, as if they are looking at a crystal.” So, naturally, this elegant material is the 15-year symbol.

In most cases, the couple is financially stable and has deeper respect and understanding for each other, so the gifts tend to get fancier. In line with the symbol, crystal wine glasses or jewelry such as watches and bracelets are a great choice.

Alternatively, investing in an anniversary party is appropriate to crown this milestone. And to make it extra special, you can engage Curated Events and let us design and coordinate the party for you. Our collection of over 25 lines of glassware, from simple to crystal, is sure to blow you away!

20th Anniversary – China

Fine china is valuable and fragile; therefore, it is used on special occasions and should be handled with care. In this case, the symbolism is that for your marriage to survive 20 years, you must have intentionally and delicately cultivated your union.

As for the gifts to celebrate two decades together, fine china cookware, a date at your favorite Chinese restaurant, or an actual trip to China would be ideal. And if you’re thinking of something involving other people, hosting a dinner party where you feast on your finest china would be a fun idea.

You may think, “But what if I don’t own any china?” Well, we’ve got good news for you! Curated Events has a collection of over dozens of lines of china in classic and artistic styles, readily available for hire.

Additionally, some couples celebrate this milestone by renewing their vows in an intimate ceremony with family and close friends. Is this something you are considering but don’t know where to begin with the planning and execution? Don’t worry; Curated Events is the answer. No event is too small; simply share your vision with us, and we’ll make your dreams come true!

25th Anniversary – Silver

So you’ve managed to keep your marriage alive for a quarter of a century. That’s a big deal! Congratulations!

From the inside looking in, one may assume that cultivating a successful marriage for so many years is easy. But, on the contrary, it takes a degree of heat and pressure to achieve a beautiful union, similar to refining silver.

Its high value is why we use precious silver to commemorate this milestone. “Despite its age, when silver is well-taken care of, it shines. This same principle applies to your marriage union.” Enduring the discomfort of making a relationship thrive is the price you have paid for the valuable partnership others admire between you and your spouse.

In celebration of your 25th anniversary, you won’t go wrong with an engraved silver piece of jewelry or fancy silverware. But if you’re thinking along the lines of an elegant anniversary party, Curated Events is at your service.

30th Anniversary – Pearl

“Beauty is not something you buy; instead, beauty is what lies within.” – Byron Pulsifer. No truer words describe the beauty of pearls in the not-so-attractive shell of oysters.

Pearl anniversary gift

Pearls are formed from aged oysters, similar to the beauty created in a marriage union over time. This attractiveness is associated with maturity, and 30 years later, your marriage is exactly that; gracefully mature.

In line with the theme of this milestone, most wives would highly appreciate a new set of pearls. As for an appropriate activity, enjoying a delicious serving of oysters at a seafood restaurant would be befitting.

Alternatively, if you’re considering taking it a notch higher, Curated Events can organize an elegant anniversary soiree just for you! This event could be pearl-themed, from the placemats on the tables to the dress code for your guests to follow.

40th Anniversary – Ruby

High-quality ruby gemstones are both rare and expensive, thus extremely valuable. Forty years of marriage is a long time; by the time you have been married for this long, you’ve likely been with your spouse longer than you were single. What a rare occurrence!

The rich red color of rubies symbolizes a couple’s love and passion, which gets deeper with time. This 40-year-old love is like a red-hot flame that burns bigger and brighter each year.

Ruby anniversary ring gift

A befitting celebratory activity for this anniversary would be popping open a bottle of finely-aged red wine. Additionally, hosting an event with a ruby-red theme could be an exciting plan.

As for gifts, a neckpiece with a ruby gemstone pendant or some fresh red roses should put a smile on any lady’s face.

50th Anniversary – Gold

Half a century with your significant other is priceless! So what better way to commemorate this beautiful milestone than with gold? This precious metal denotes strength, triumph, and success, all characteristic of a 50-year union.

At this stage, the different experiences of life have shaped and refined the love shared between a husband and wife. As a result of time and effort, the list of achievements to celebrate is endless, warranting a huge ceremony.

A couple’s children and grandchildren typically organize a celebratory event to commemorate this golden anniversary. But let’s face it, planning an event of this caliber can be daunting. However, with the right team to plan, coordinate and execute your vision, you’ll create beautiful memories to cherish with your loved ones.

“Curated Events is your one-stop-shop for all things events. We aspire to enhance all your gatherings to curate the most beautiful and memorable experiences.”

60th Anniversary – Diamond

By celebrating 60 years of marriage, you’ve probably seen it all, and your spouse has been through it all with you. What a beautiful bond to treasure!

They say diamonds are a girl’s best friend, and we couldn’t agree more! These precious gems are the most invincible materials in the world, just like the love shared between you and your partner.

Square stone diamond jewelry

For this anniversary, you both deserve some diamond-themed gifts. If ever there was a time not to hold back on generosity, this is it! Despite life’s pressure, your love has stood the test of time and is worth celebrating the Curated Events way; in elegance, luxury, and class.


As early as the 18th century, wedding anniversaries were celebrated with different symbols each year. Initially, husbands would gift their wives silver and gold wreaths during their 25th and 50th anniversaries. However, as time has passed, wives have begun to reciprocate this loving gesture.

Additionally, the key milestone years of wedding anniversary celebrations have increased, ranging from every five years in the first 30 years of marriage to every ten years after that. With this, vow renewal ceremonies and anniversary parties are gaining popularity.

At Curated Events, we specialize in providing a wide variety of high-quality event rental equipment – everything from the place setting on the table to the dance floor and tent. We have a keen eye for vision and aesthetics and continually evolve to grow our services.

If you’re looking to celebrate your wedding anniversary with a high-end luxury event without the hustle of planning and execution, reach out to us today.

Lady surrounded by colleagues at her retirement party

Luxury Retirement Party or Celebration Ideas

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Many people look forward to their birthdays or their anniversaries, but if you have spent your life in the work environment, there is one occasion that supersedes all others – retirement.

Retiring is an exciting and significant milestone. It is a time when you can permanently kick back from work, relax, and maybe take a trip around the world to enjoy the fruits of your hard-earned labor.

But as much as it is thrilling, retirement can also be pretty emotional. Parting with all your colleagues that have become friends, your bosses, and the familiar day-to-day office scene is enough to make anyone sentimental.

Doing something to mark the occasion is therefore important, not only for the retiree’s benefit but also for the people they are leaving behind. Thankfully, you can never go wrong with a little retirement party or celebration.

“The party presents a perfect opportunity to honor the retiree’s lifetime achievements while ensuring they leave in style. Plus, it doesn’t hurt that everyone will have fun along the way!”

If you are planning to throw a retirement party for a colleague, friend, or family, and have no clue where to begin, do not worry. We got you.

Read on to find our seven best ideas for an ideal retirement party or celebration.

Seven Best Ideas for a Retirement Party or Celebration

At one point in your life, you may wondered how difficult it is to plan parties and events. You will be surprised to find out that event planning has been named among the 10 most stressful jobs across the world almost every year for the past decade.

So, the question becomes – if event/party planning is so hard, how come you have seen or attended many successful and fun events? And, how can you make the retirement party you are planning for your colleague, friend, or family one of them?

The answer to both questions is simple.

For a party to be successful, you must organize it around the person you are hosting the event for. In your case, that person will be the retiree. A good retirement party will not only pay tribute to them, but that will also reflect their interests.

If they like being outdoors, you can consider throwing a picnic in the woods to celebrate them. On the other hand, if they are more introverted and would rather stay indoors, you can invite a few close friends and family and watch a movie or play indoor board games.

But while the main objective is for the honoree to have fun, you should also ensure that the people you have invited also enjoy themselves. After all, it won’t be a party if only one person is having all the fun! It is therefore always good to choose an idea or activity that entertains everyone present.

Here are seven unique ideas for a retirement party you should look into:

Make it a Theme Party

Themed disco party

Themed parties make the guest of honor feel special, especially if the theme is related to their interest. So, why not throw a themed retirement party for the retiree? They will appreciate the thought and effort you put in, and they will have so much fun.

Plus, the great news is there are many themes you can choose from for a retirement celebration.

“After retiring, most people opt to go on vacations or travel the world. If the retiree is one of those people, you can pick a theme that matches their ideal destination to mentally prepare them for their next step in life.”

For instance, if they are going to Paris, you can throw a Paris- themed party and have people dress in berets and serve classically French food such as fondue or macarons. If they are going to a tropical island, you can throw a beach-themed party and have guests dress in their favorite beach clothes.

Other themed parties you can have are:

  • Casino Nights if they like playing casino games
  • Formal Gala Nights if they are into elegant formal wear and events
  • Karaoke Parties if they love music
  • Europe-themed parties if they would like to go to Europe
  • Beach-themed party if they love the beach

Do Activities that Commemorate the Retiree

Retirement is an emotional occasion not only for the retiree but for their friends at work that they are leaving behind. One way of showing the retiree that the company appreciates their work over the years and that they will be missed is to have activities that remind them of that.

Some of the activities you can do to commemorate them include:

Video Confessionals

Popular in Reality TV shows, Video Confessionals are a great way for people to share their feelings in front of the camera. You can use this same style for the retirement party and have the retiree’s co-workers and bosses share what they will miss about them in a video confessional.

You can then share these confessionals at one point during the party, and let the retiree know how much they were loved by their work family.


Apart from video confessionals, you can also buy a blank book and put it at the front desk of the party venue. Guests coming in can then write something nice about the retiree and later on, you can show it to them.

You can also create a Google Doc where the guests can write and edit their comments.

Slideshow of Favorite Moments

If the retiree has been in the company for a long time, chances are that they have multiple pictures and videos with their colleagues in the office or during work-related events.

One way of commemorating them is compiling all these pictures and videos and putting them on a slideshow. You can then share the slideshow during the event and have them relive the memories of their work life.

Roast Them

If the retiree has a great sense of humor, you can organize a roasting session where the guests come up and poke fun at them and their habits. In the end, you can have the retiree dish out their roasts to their colleagues, family, and friends.

Travel Back in Time

Elderly DJ mixing records

There is nothing more powerful than memories. They can elicit great emotions in us and remind us of the things we thought we had forgotten. If you want to make your retiree’s party more special, you can use the power of memory by throwing a party that takes them back in time.

“Decorate the party old-school style, and have newspaper clippings from their old days and watch as they glow in the memories of their glory days. You can also have the DJ play only old-school music and make it even more fun for them!”

Have an Outdoor Picnic

A retirement party does not have to be necessarily indoors or in the office. You can break the pattern and have an outdoor picnic that includes not only the co-workers of the retiree but also their family and friends.

Plus, the great thing about an outdoor picnic is that it offers limitless space and activities that you can do. You can invite the colleagues’ families and have them spend the day getting to know each other.

In the evening, you can organize a glamping experience and have an evening party in a cabin or campsite, complete with a campfire.

If a retiree is an outdoor person, but they would rather not interact with that many people, you can also organize a small picnic and glamping experience that only includes their family and close friends.

Include Speeches

Retirement parties are known for one main thing – speeches. The speeches given are important, whether by colleagues, the boss, or the retiree themselves. They highlight the retiree’s achievements and pay great tribute to their work over the years.

Plus, it’s a once-in-a-lifetime moment where the person retiring can, in turn, appreciate the growth they have undergone in the company and the connections they have made.

When planning a retirement party, do not forget to include speeches. You can notify the invitees in advance to let them know they are expected to give a speech. That way, they can come in prepared and make the event shorter and more lively.

Craft Them A Great Retirement Gift

Retiree receiving a retirement gift

Just like planning the party, choosing a retirement gift can be more difficult than you presume. It is important to gift the retiree something they value and appreciate.

Consider crafting a retirement gift that you know they will cherish forever. For example, if they are a teacher, you can have the students craft a card for them and write about how much they appreciate them.

Help Them Kick Something Off The Bucket List

Most of us have things on our bucket lists that we are scared to try out unless someone pushes us. And when they do, we value the effort they made to push us.

If your colleague has something on their bucket list that you know about, you can make the party more memorable by supporting them and helping them to cross it off.

For example, if they have always wanted to try bungee jumping, you can have the party outside, and take them to try it for the first time. If they have also wanted to try an escape room, you can also take them to one.

Bottom Line

Organizing a retirement party can be fun, but it can also be stressful. The one thing to keep in mind is to focus on the retiree. Remember that they are the main guest of honor. You should therefore include activities and decorate the party in a way that you know will appease them.

However, you should not forget to consider your other guests. The key is to find a balance between entertaining the other guests, and making the retiree feel special.

If you feel like it could be a lot more work than you can handle, do not worry. You can always hire an event planning company like Curated Events that will take the reins from you and handle everything.

At Curated Events, we plan high-quality events and provide high-quality event rental equipment, from tables and chairs to tents and a dance floor. Reach out to us today, and let us help you create the event of a lifetime!

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I make my retirement party special?

Retiring is a great milestone in your life, and you should have a party to celebrate it. When planning your retirement party, make sure you invite guests who you are close with so that the moment can feel more special.

Apart from your co-workers, invite your family members and close friends so that you can have memories that you will cherish forever.

What is a good theme for a retirement party?

The best theme for a retirement party will entirely depend on the retiree. If they love karaoke, for example, a karaoke-themed retirement party will be perfect. If they love the a certain era, like the 80s for example, then an 80s theme party would be ideal.

How do you plan a retirement party?

Take note of the following things before planning an office retirement party – look for great venues, check the weather forecast, write and update the guest list, decorate the office in a way the retiree would love, invite family and friends, make sure you update the guests on the planned activities.