My husband and I have been married for three years. Would it be unusual if we hosted our own anniversary party?
Not at all! It's quite common for couples to throw their own anniversary parties in the early years-though it's equally acceptable for a friend or relative to host a party in your honor if they're so inclined.
Who should host a major anniversary celebration?
Though it is more common for someone other than the couple to host a major anniversary-such as a silver or gold-it's fine for a couple to organize their own celebration.
I'm organizing a 25th wedding anniversary party for my parents. My parents insist that I print "No gifts, please" on the invitations. I seem to recall an etiquette book that considered this impolite. What should I do?
Formal etiquette once declared this practice to be in poor taste, but times have changed. On the other hand, it is not acceptable to write, "No silver gifts, please" as this would imply that gifts other than silver are expected.
Is it proper to mention plans for a group gift on party invitations?
Yes, if you have plans for a specific item, it is OK to include a note that gives guests the opportunity to contribute. It's generally considered bad manners to ask directly for money, but mentioning the idea of a large gift with the option to participate is just fine. Make sure that everyone who contributes signs the card.
My siblings and I are throwing a party for my parent's golden anniversary. They are planning to downsize into a small condo. What would you suggest in lieu of assorted gifts?
This is a perfect opportunity to give a gift certificate for an activity, a special meal or a big-ticket item that you know your parent's would enjoy.
Are anniversary gifts only exchanged on milestone years?
Gift givers and anniversary celebrants may present or exchange gifts on any and all years that they wish-each and every one counts!