Planning a Non-Wedding Reception
April 26, 2012 9:40 AM Subscribe
Help me plan a 10-year anniversary party (to be on par with a wedding reception) for my boyfriend and myself. Specifically, what might our guests expect from the evening?
I want to throw a big party for my boyfriend and I on our 10th anniversary. We will likely not get married as a personal preference, but I still want the drinking and dancing and cake and a fancy dress. Ten years together seems to be a cause for celebration and I also want to honor the wonderful friends and family we have. The party wouldn't be until 2014, so I'm just trying to hash out the very basic details.
Wedding receptions generally have the same traditions - speeches, first dance, cake cutting, garter toss, etc. - so the guests know sorta what to expect. I don't know what to expect if I were invited to a large anniversary party, let alone what our guests might expect, so I need some help!
I'm looking for thoughts or suggestions on:
* Speeches or toasts - I'd like to give one as the hostess, would it fit to ask anyone else to speak?
* A slide show of some sort - Would it be considered tacky as they're usually done at wedding events?
* Having the couple kiss when the guests clink their glasses - Will people be expecting this to happen?
* Gifts - I've often read that whether you want gifts or not, people will do what they want. Would people want to give gifts for an anniversary? Would they expect us to register?
* Other 'events' - What could we do in place of the first dance and garter toss type traditions?
I've already signed up for The Knot so I can use their budget and guest list tools. Any other non-wedding event planning advice would be helpful as well. Thanks!