Jill and John's First Anniversary Party

The Brief: A Party to celebrate the first wedding anniversary of Jill and John with family and close friends who were part of the Big Day. 

After planning and organising Jill and John's fabulous wedding last year, the Filer's asked us if we could arrange the celebrations for their first anniversary. We wanted to include key aspects and themes of their 'Country Garden' wedding whilst creating a more informal, sociable affair for the anniversary. 

We were fortunate to have access to the same private family garden that was used for the Wedding Reception last year as our location. We held the party in our beautiful 12 x 6m marquee, complete with drapes and lighting. As we were blessed with warmer wedding for the anniversary as opposed to the rain and storms endured at the wedding we were able to open two sides of the marquee, which not only provided a fabulous entrance but also made the garden a natural extension for party-goers to enjoy. 

With a start time of 4pm we advised beginning the party outside to make the most of the Spring day. We scattered garden tables for optimum socialising opportunities.

Each table at the wedding was named after a garden flower, so we took the name of the top table 'English Rose' to provide a theme for the anniversary. The floral arrangements on each table consisted of pink roses and fresh garden greens in clear vases to add a fresh look. We also used floral tablecloths and napkins. 

Rather than use traditional candles, we opted for a more informal touch instead and lit the tables with fairy lights arranged in coloured, frosted wine bottles.  This maintained the romantic feel of the wedding, whilst refreshing and relaxing it for the first anniversary.

We decorated the marquee with floral bunting and lanterns in Spring peach, which was a tribute to the colour of the bridesmaid dresses worn on the Big Day. 

As Italians are renowned for sociable eating, we decided to draw on the cuisine for the party. At around 5pm we served Italian canapes including bruschetta, goats cheese,  parma ham, garlic, mozerella and tomato, and melon. These nibbles kept the guests' hunger at bay until dinner, where we dished up firm favourite Spaghetti Bolognese with Garlic Bread, followed by Tiramisu and cheesecake. 

After a relaxed dinner we divided guests into teams to test them on their knowledge of the wedding with a quiz. Needless to say, neither the bride or groom could remember much. We then played a quick-fire round of "Mr and Mrs" where guests were handed pink and blue cards so they could declare their guesses at the same time as the married couple. As the party was largely made up of the Bride's family, the Groom certainly came off worse! 

We then surprised our couple with a slideshow of pictures from their wedding set to the song Jill used to walk down the aisle.

After the slideshow the music was turned up and the dancing and joviality began. For full effect, we used our multi-coloured disco lights which dance to the rhythm of the music.

It was a jubilant end to a lovely day spent reminiscing together about the wedding. Here's to celebrating many more anniversaries and special occasions with them!