How To Host a Memorable Wedding Anniversary Party


There’s no better excuse to celebrate with friends and family than when someone you love approaches a milestone year in their marriage! Whether it’s their first anniversary or their 50th, a wedding anniversary is a great reason to gather close with the ones you love most. Of course, party planning can feel a little overwhelming at times. You have to consider everything from where to host your big event to what song will be playing when the happy couple walks through the door. That’s why we’ve put together this step-by-step guide! Here’s how to host a memorable wedding anniversary party for your loved ones.

1. Choose an Anniversary Party Theme

The first step for planning a memorable anniversary party is to choose a theme. There are so many theme options out there that it might feel a little overwhelming to pick the right one. Don’t worry – we’re here to make it a little easier for you. Think about the married couple and what they like. Are they more modern or traditional? Elegant or simple? Tame or wild? Answering these questions will help you choose an appropriate theme or style for the event. If you’re still not sure what to choose, here is a list of popular anniversary party theme ideas:

2. Select a Location for the Wedding Anniversary Party

Once you’ve selected a theme for the anniversary party, it’s time to pick the location! The first decision you need to make in regards to location is whether you want to host the party in your own home or at an event space. There are benefits to both options, but it really comes down to your vision of the anniversary party. No matter what you choose, there are a few things you should consider when choosing the venue for a wedding anniversary party:

  • Is the venue large enough to comfortably accommodate all invite guests?
  • Is the venue in an ideal location for your invited guests?
  • What amenities are allowed at the venue?
  • Is the venue handicap accessible?
  • Is the venue in a safe location?

Take all these things into consideration and choose the perfect venue for your wedding anniversary party. 

3. Design Anniversary Party Invitations

This is the fun part for you creative thinkers: designing the anniversary party invitations! Take some time to design an invitation that matches the theme and style of your party. Use the invitation to give your guests an idea of the party’s theme. Once you’ve got a good design in mind, be sure to include all the necessary details like:

  • The date and time of the anniversary party.
  • The location and address of the party venue.
  • How many years the couple has been together.
  • RSVP contact information.
  • Theme details so people can come dressed appropriately. 

Here are some downloadable invitation templates for you to use if you’d rather spend more time on other aspects of the anniversary party planning. 

4. Don't Forget the Anniversary Party Entertainment

Last, but certainly not least, is the entertainment! No party is ever complete without some fun moments of entertainment for the guests to enjoy. This is particularly true for wedding anniversary parties, especially because these moments can be the most memorable for the guests of honor. One way you can entertain your guests is by putting together a slideshow of the happy couple. Include as many pictures as you can find and collect them from as many people as you can. The great thing about a slideshow is that it can be played throughout the night or be used as the backup of a speech. Speaking of which, you should also plan some time for toasts and speeches to be given during the party. It doesn’t have to be anything long or detailed, just a nice moment to recognize the reason you’ve all gathered together. 

We know planning a party can be stressful, that’s why we want to help in any way possible. If you’re looking for a great location for your wedding anniversary party in the Crystal Lake area, consider El Agave Banquets. Visit our website to learn more about our venue and fill out our contact form to schedule a tour with us.