Post # 1
Hi everyone! I wanted to get your thoughts on having a 5 year anniversary party. After our wedding in 2011, a lot of our guests wouldn’t stop talking about how much fun they had. I had a few say that we should throw anniversary parties. My husband and I were talking about it the last few months and thought it would be fun to have a 5 year anniversary party, which our anniversary date would fall on a Saturday in 2016. I do not want this to seem like a gift grab, as we want no gifts, but just our families together having a blast. We were thinking about having the party where our reception was held and we would pay for everything(food, dj, etc). Do you think this entire idea is tacky to celebrate our 5 year wedding anniversary?
Post # 2
Everyone loves a good party! Go ahead 😀
Post # 3
Nicole1208: i wouldn’t throw an anniversary party. I think its a waste. The only person i want to celebrate my anniversary with is my husband.
The only time i think anniversary parties are acceptable is when its a big milestone, 25, 30, 50 years and most of the time, someone throws the party for them, not the married couple
Thats my honest opinion.
Post # 4
Nicole1208: Why not? People throw parties for a lot less! I don’t see why you couldn’t throw yourselves an anniversary party every year if you wanted to. As long as it’s on your dime, I don’t see why people wouldn’t want to go.
Post # 5
5 years seems a little early for a big celebration IMO but I think a 10 year could be Fun!!
Post # 6
I think it would work better a few more years down the road. most folks are pretty unimpressed with some other couple’s 5 year anniversary and might think you are fishing for attention.
Post # 7
I wouldn’t. It seems attention-grabby at the very least. I only think it’s appropriate for 50th wedding anniversaries really.
Post # 8
My bro and very nasty SIL had one, but it was for very selfish reasons. I think you could do it without the label. Like maybe it’s just a really great party because we love hosting?! We had our reception in a park, and had a response similar to yours. Maybe change the location to something more casual ( in my head it’s a reception venue)? I would go. I love parties 🙂
Post # 9
Nicole1208: Not tacky at all. I am already thinking of our 5 year celebration and I’ve only been married since last May! Go for it!
Post # 10
Hmm, I don’t think some people would receive this idea that well.
Anniversaries like this should be more intimate celebrations, at least until you hit 10 years in my opinion. I would celebrate by taking a second honeymoon or something fun for just you two!
I am all for celebrating milestones and occasions, but this seems a little too soon. I haven’t heard of a 5 year anniversary party before, so maybe that’s why it seems off.
Post # 11
Honestly, I’d roll my eyes at someone that threw themselves a 5th anniversary party, especially if they held it at the same venue that their wedding reception was at. We’re you also planning on inviting all the same guests too?
Sorry, it just seems a bit over the top to me. 5 years is nothing.
Post # 12
Nicole1208: Inviting people over for dinner is a dinner party. Inviting people over for drinks is a cocktail party. Inviting people over to celebrate your 5th anniversary is an AW gift grab.
Post # 13
I really appreciate everyone’s input. Like I said in my original post, we don’t want gifts. Just simply wanted our family and friends together to eat, drink, dance and have a fun evening. We both have huge families so having a dinner party at our house would be completely out of the question. You could say, well only invite close family and friends. On my side of the family when you invite one aunt, you need to invite the others..as is the cousins. Our reception was held at a banquet hall. Again, thank you for your opinions! 🙂
Post # 14
Nicole1208: If all you want is a fun evening where the family gets together and celebrates, perhaps consider a New Years Eve party, night before Thanksgiving party, or one of the many other celebratory events that happen year-round. This way, you prevent any negative thoughts by your guests. While it is quite common for folks to say “that was the best wedding ever!!” that does not mean they would not find it a bit self-centered of you to throw an elaborate anniversary party for what is not a milestone anniversary.
I’d reckon the vast majority of your family members’ marriages made it past the 5 year mark with no huge celebration or public display. Your marriage is no more awesome than theirs.
Post # 15
Even though you don’t want gifts I think people will still feel obligated to give you something. I think you should just throw a big holiday party or have a big summer bash. Then it just looks like you want to have a get-together.