wedding invitationsTwenty-five years of marriage to the same person is a true cause for celebration, and most couples choose to observe this milestone anniversary in a big way.

Whether you are planning your own 25th anniversary bash or you are throwing a party for close friends or loved ones, here are some tips to help you make this momentous occasion one that will be remembered for another quarter of a century.

1.  Decide on what kind of party you want to have. The type of party you throw will depend somewhat on the size of the guest list, so you will need to have an idea of how many people are going to be invited.  For an intimate family gathering, a dinner party or a restaurant celebration would be perfect. However, for a larger crowd, you will need to plan on plenty of space, as well as the logistics of serving food to a large number of people.

For a more formal event, you may want to plan a garden party, or possibly a black-tie cocktail affair.  Serving drinks, hors d’oeuvres and a beautifully decorated cake makes for an elegant event, even if the guest list is long and your budget is limited. If you do intend to surprise your spouse with a diamond ring, do check out for more tips and advice to helping you save money with your diamond purchase.

For a more casual affair, a backyard barbeque or a picnic at a local park is the perfect way to celebrate 25 years of wedded bliss – you may even ask your guests to contribute to a “pot luck” style meal.

2.  Choose a theme. Since the 25th wedding anniversary is traditionally known as the “silver” anniversary, you can incorporate silver into the decorative theme.  For a formal event, silver vases on the tables and napkins embossed with silver are ideal; if you are going with an informal setting, why not decorate with silver balloons, streamers, and a 25th anniversary banner?

Your 25th anniversary theme can extend to gift ideas, as well – some traditional silver anniversary gifts include silver picture frames, silverware, and silver jewelry.

3.  Send invitations in advance. Party invitations should be sent three to four weeks ahead of time, especially if any of the guests are coming from a long distance; this will allow them time to make travel arrangements.  Ask your guests to RSVP at least two weeks before the event, so that you will have an accurate head count in time to complete your planning.  If at all possible, it is a fun tradition to invite the members of the wedding party to this milestone celebration.

4.  Add some special touches. Wedding photos, videos, or other memorabilia are a fantastic addition to the anniversary party.  Set up a table with framed photographs of the bride and groom, along with the wedding party, or show a video of the wedding during the party.  Many couples have a special song that was played at their wedding; playing the wedding music is also a moving way to commemorate their marriage.

Unless you are planning a surprise party, it is a good idea to involve the couple in the planning, asking them for feedback on what would make this occasion most meaningful to them.  And don’t forget to take plenty of photographs; these will make the perfect addition to the next milestone anniversary celebration.