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Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Lace, Pearls and Leather...

Wikipedia explains that the historic origins of wedding anniversaries date back to the Holy Roman Empire, when husbands crowned their wives with a silver wreath on their twenty-fifth anniversary, and a gold wreath on their fiftieth (sigh - so romantic!).  In the 20th century, good ole commercialism brought on the the addition of more anniversaries being represented by a gift (check out my Hallmark link below.)

What 's the interest in anniversaries, you ask?  I am specifically focused on the subject today,  as me and my hubby celebrate lucky number 13.  Yes, 13 wonderful years (well, actually 20 if you count all of the years we have been together.)  As much as I love any excuse for a celebration, I often find that my anniversary gets the short end of the stick.  It falls during the Memorial Day weekend window, during a time of year when there are a whirlwind of other things going on, that I just don't put the thought and attention into it that I ideally would like.

This year, I decided to change that.  Being that it is number 13, the ideas started flowing once I got brainstorming.  In my planning, I started putting together a list of resources and ideas for commemorating a wedding anniversary, (yay - resource for the future!), and thought I would share it with my fellow veegs.  I hope it comes in handy for you too!

For starters, I looked up the "traditional" gift for my anniversary year.  Thank you, Hallmark, for this handy list broken down by year.

There are a number of sites that offer gift ideas by the year.  Below are some of my favorites that I found:

  • - From the folks at, this site is a wealth of ideas.
  • Pinterest - If you have followed my blog, you know that this site is my first stop in brainstorming anything.
  • - A search on this site delivered a great selection of anniversary ideas.
Finally, here is a list of fun things to get you thinking for your next anniversary plan.  I have a fun number this year, so I am playing that up...

  • Clues (number corresponds to the number of years you have been married) that lead your spouse to a special gift or getaway planned 
  • A grouping of gifts based on the number of years you have been married
  • Scavenger hunt where each clue represents an item from each year you have been married 
  • Play list with the same number of songs as you have been married
  • Love notes throughout the day for each year you've been married
  • Home baked goods (the number matching your anniversary year)
I'd love to hear any inspiration or ideas you have that I can add to my list for next year.  Please let me know in the comments section below.