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What is the history and meaning of Traditional Wedding Anniversary Gifts?

The tradition of giving a specific gift with each year of marriage has been a part of our society for a long time. It appears to date back to Rome and Medieval Germany, however written documentation on the tradition didn’t start to appear until the 1800s. Which, according to history, makes sense, as that is[…]

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Rustic Wedding Decor: Cake toppers, wood confetti and custom wood favors

Wedding cake toppers can make a statement about your love, your life and who you are. As a map obsessed graphic designer, a favorite cake topper of mine is the state cake topper to show off your home town pride. This Texas cake topper is a great example of how a simple design can add[…]

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The 10 most popular wedding first dance songs

If you’re in love, or just can’t get enough love songs, you probably already know that Ed Sheeran’s “Thinking Out Loud” is an incredibly popular wedding song. What you may not have known is that he has several wedding song’s that can be perfect for your first dance, vow renewal or just a romantic dance[…]

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5 Romantic Ideas to deepen the intimacy in your marriage

If you’re past the honeymoon phase of your marriage, you may be feeling like you need to spend some extra effort on keeping the romance flame burning. If you’ve been married for several years, you may even find that your intimacy may be completely overwhelmed with kids, careers, life and your household. Lifelong success and[…]

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Writing a love letter for Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day, for many, is a reason to celebrate the love you have in your life or to remind someone how much they mean to you. Even if you’re not into the commercial Valentine’s Day extravaganza, writing a love letter to your significant other is a great way to strengthen your bond and commitment to[…]

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Winter anniversary gift ideas

We love anniversaries around here and winter anniversaries are some of my favorites. I actually (secretly) wish we had a winter wedding. Although I wouldn’t change our beach wedding for the world. Winter weddings have a romantic warmth about them. I think deep reds and soft whites. Snow and warm fires. A beautiful woodland scene[…]

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Top 7 fall anniversary date ideas

Did you know that October is the second most popular month to get married? And for good reason, it’s one of the most beautiful times of year. The lucky couples celebrating their fall wedding anniversaries can use this time of year to their advantage with cozy sweaters, warm blankets, bonfires, hot cocoa and beautiful outdoor[…]

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Leather Anniversary Gift For Him

A leather anniversary gift can be as unique as you are. Gifts for him are hard to come by, especially when you’re looking for something sentimental and not too mushy, amiright? “Music is what feelings sound like” Share your love of music and desire for cool home decor with a leather engraved sheet music print[…]

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The importance of wedding anniversary celebrations

6 years ago Mike and I eloped on the beach of Providenciales, Turks and Caicos. He was wearing shorts and I a short knee length wedding dress. Only 3 people witnessed our wedding: Mike’s best friend, who was also accompanied by his wife and daughter, who was 7 at the time. She was miserable that[…]

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Why is leather the 3rd anniversary gift? 


Leather is traditionally the 3rd anniversary gift because leather represents durability and flexibility. At 3 years of marriage, married couples are typically still in the learning phase of marriage. We’re getting used to each others quirks and idiosyncrasies. And more importantly, we’re learning how to cope with big and small issues as a team instead[…]

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Planning the perfect anniversary celebration

Make this years anniversary celebration of your marriage profound and special! Keep in mind that this day is a remembrance of your vows and the special bond you have been building since you said I do. Some ideas and tips to get started on planning and executing the perfect anniversary: Plan your special day around the[…]

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Why is paper the first anniversary gift?

Paper is used traditionally as the gift for year one of marriage…. Gifts on paper are symbolic. Most believe that paper anniversaries and the paper gift is representing a blank page, a new beginning and the ability to write your own story.  This article on 1st wedding anniversaries published by the Spuce.com says it perfectly: “Take[…]

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12 Fall Date Ideas for Married Couples

You know that “date your spouse” thing you may often hear? Don’t just blow it off, actually do it! It’s key to a long and happy marriage and the best way to reconnect whether you do it weekly, bi-weekly or monthly. So, be sure to set special one-on-one time aside for each other and you’ll[…]

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Third Anniversary Gift Ideas

Updated 7.18.17 Are you celebrating your 3rd anniversary soon? Leather represents durability and protection and the growth and strength a marriage has experienced in the first 3 years as a married couple. We have written a post in more detail on why leather is the 3rd anniversary gift and you can read it here if[…]

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2nd anniversary gift ideas

Content updated 7.18.17 I love the 2nd anniversary gift selection. Okay, I might be a bit biased, but the 2nd and 3rd years are my sweet spot of creative happiness. The very first map I ever designed was for my husband as a gift on our 2nd anniversary. I designed a map of Turks and[…]

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7 Spring date ideas

Get out your spring clothes (yes, stop wearing sweatpants and hoodies all day) and start breathing in some fresh air with your special somebody! These 7 spring date ideas will get you outside and bonding over love and laughter and warming up your winter time blues in no time at all. 1. Watch the sunrise[…]

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Anniversary Gifts By Year, What gift should you give?

A list of traditional anniversary wedding gifts to help you pick the best gift year after year! Newlywed couples and couples that have been in it for the long haul can start the celebration of your anniversaries by giving each other a traditional wedding anniversary gift! While these items can seem strange and often silly[…]

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