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Planning~50th Wedding Anniversary Timeline

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When you're planning a 50th wedding anniversary, how soon do you have to start, and what is a good time line for planning?

When you're planning a 50th wedding anniversary party, or any big anniversary party you should start planning at least 6 to 9 months before. Especially if you will several guests since you may need to find a location to host your party.


6 to 9 months before the anniversary party:

  • Put together a guest list, then decide how large the location needs to be to hold all your guests comfortably.
  • If your guest list is small you may just be able to do an open house, or if it's a summer party plan to hold it in the back yard with a large tent.
  • If you're planning on renting a space you should start calling around now to find the best location for the best price. Something the whole family can agree on.

2 months before the party:

  • Put together the final guest list and order your invitations to be printed.
  • Plan your menu, decide whether you're preparing the meal yourself or having it catered.
  • Visit your location and plan out decorations, tables, and layout.
  • Order the cake, or start looking for ideas if you're making it yourself.
  • Decide whether or not you want guests to bring gifts.

1 1/2 to 1 month before the party:

  • Send out your invitations
  • Purchase all the non perishable items you'll need for the party, tableware, napkins, cups, tablecloths, table decorations, plates, anything you need to decorate the walls and entrance way, non perishable foods.
  • Roundup or purchase large platters for food, staplers, tape, scissors, and anything else you may need to decorate and prepare for the party.

In the last couple days leading up to the party:

  • Make a final grocery list with the food you will need for the party.
  • Prepare any food you can prepare ahead, chop fruits and vegetables.
  • If you're making the cake go ahead and bake it. You can decorate the cake the day before if you have a safe place to store it.
  • If you're making the decorations get a start on anything that can be done ahead.

The day of the party:

  • Finish up or pick up the cake.
  • Decorate the party location
  • Make the final food preparations, or work with the caterer to get the food set up.
  • Make any beverages you need to prepare.
  • Set up your food, cake, and gifts table.

Enjoy the party, and make sure you have enough help both before and during the party, and that you're not trying to do everything yourself. Delegate, delegate, delegate!

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