(Closed) 25th wedding anniversary invitations

posted 6 years ago in Paper
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

I would figure out what you and your sisters can afford and plan within that budget. Can you rent a hall with cheaper food, bring food in somewhere, use a friends or other family members house/yard?

$50 is a bit much to ask people to spend on a meal for an anniversary party. I wouldnt typically spend that on an anniversary party present, if I even bought one.

My aunt and uncle just had a big surprise party and some people brought nice gifts like a silver frame or a bottle of champagne. Many only brought a card. The gifts were not $50 in price. The only big presents were from the children and my mother (the sister) The party was in NYC where people tend to over do everything too. 

An anniversary party tends not to be like a wedding in that people feel obligated to bring a present. It really is more about the celebration.

Post # 5
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

You can say something like this….

This gathering will be “Dutch Treat” so your presence is gift enough.

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@ThreeMeers:  yeah i dont think i would give anyone a $50 anniversary present that wasnt my Fiance or my parent/grandparent. if i was invited to a party i’d bring a card, maybe a bottle of wine?

@Renee37:  this might be the best bet?

Post # 7
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

Some people find the phrase “Dutch treat” a bit offensive; it seems to be more acceptable here in the US than in some parts of Europe though, but I’d avoid it.

I’d write something like “dinner is $50 per person which is inclusive of champagne toast, dessert and gratuity. Please use our paypal address [email protected] or mailing address 1234 Main Street, etc”

I would most definitely NOT say anything about “your presence is gift enough” because #1 you should not decline gifts that are intended for someone else (if someone wants to buy your parents a gift, they can decline, but you shouldn’t decline for them) and #2 you’re asking for money so their presence really isn’t enough.

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@erin_madeline:  oh, i don’t have any problem with the way youre doing it. you know your family better than anyone else and what they will be cool with. if i were planning a similar even for my grandmother she would be mortified that i asked for money… my dad wouldnt care at all. it’s all about knowing your people πŸ™‚

im just saying i wouldnt bring up gifts since i wouldnt have really bought one in the first place. fishbone said it best!

Post # 11
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2012

@erin_madeline: this may help you.

my cousins had an anniversary party for my aunt and uncle a couple of years ago.  they had it at a murder mystery dinner show.  the invitation had the date and time like a traditional invite but also the meal and price listed in the bottom corner.  similar to an event or fundraiser style of invite would be presented.

Post # 12
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2012

@erin_madeline:  i found a couple of ideas of invites with cost involved.

i’m not sure how many guests you plan on inviting but have you considered having the guests pay the restaurant directly for their meal package?

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