While every wedding anniversary is a special event to be celebrated, wedding anniversary number 18 may be one that could be glossed over. Situated between the big 15 and big 20 year anniversary milestones, anniversary 18 could potentially be lost in the shuffle.
However, a couple’s 18th wedding anniversary is not one that should be forgotten–far from it. In fact, this special anniversary serves not only as a day of loving remembrance, but also as an opportunity to look ahead into the future and celebrate with your spouse. Your 18th wedding anniversary is the perfect chance to affirm your spouse and remind them that they are special, remembered and loved, with these perfect “forgotten” gifts.
To celebrate your 18th wedding anniversary, try taking your spouse out on a date or night on the town with unused gift cards. Take the gift cards or gift certificates you forgot you had in the back or your wallet or in the bottom of your purse and use them to remember this special day! Your 18th wedding anniversary is a great time to treat your spouse to a night of fun, delicious food or a shopping trip with these already loaded and ready-to-go gift cards.
Another way to celebrate your 18th wedding anniversary is to purchase the items that may be sitting in your spouse’s Amazon shopping cart or in your spouse’s favorite online store’s shopping wish list. Take this day as an opportunity to purchase the items your spouse has been wanting, but may have forgot about.
Do you have credit card travel points or cash back that you may have forgotten you have? Try checking your balance to see if you have points built up to take a weekend getaway trip, book a cruise or schedule a flight! Your 18th wedding anniversary is the best reason to plan a trip, with credit card perks helping you get there!
Try thinking back and seeing if you can remember a restaurant, cafe or dessert shop your spouse said that he or she has been wanting to try. Your spouse may even have forgotten that he or she wanted to go there! Surprise them with the perfect adventurous date, trying something new together.
You can also celebrate your 18th wedding anniversary by purchasing that piece of jewelry your spouse has been eyeing for awhile, but perhaps has “forgotten” about since your last conversation about it. Surprise her with that perfect amethyst pendant, blue topaz earrings or diamond and ruby ring. Jewelry is an ideal gift, reminding your spouse about this 18 year milestone upon each glance. Anniversary jewelry is a great way to make a statement and proclaim the love you have for your spouse.
No matter what you and your spouse decide to do to celebrate your 18th wedding anniversary, ensure that it is a special one and make timeless memories together. For more gift ideas to celebrate your 18th wedding anniversary, click here.
Are you approaching your 17th wedding anniversary? Make sure to celebrate the occasion! While the 17th wedding anniversary may not seem as important as the 15th, 20th or 25th anniversary, it definitely is still an occasion to honor and cherish. Whether you are more traditional or modern, there is a wide selection of gifts to choose from for this special anniversary.
Furniture is both the traditional and modern gift for the 17th wedding anniversary. Take a nice outing out to pick a romantic piece of furniture that you can lounge in together and end the night with a passionate night alone. Are you tired of waking up unrested? Consider ditching your old bed for a new one. Maybe even a new mattress size is in order. A good night’s sleep is always a great gift.
You can also splurge on new high ticket furniture items, such a new sofa, dining room table, or entertainment center. Maybe it’s time to get him his perfect man cave or create the perfect closet space for her. Or perhaps it is finally time to finish off the basement and get a great bar or entertainment area for everyone to enjoy.
A more modern 17th anniversary might include a gift of a porcelain vase or egg to display in your home for everyone to see. No matter which direction you choose, your spouse is sure to fall in love with you all over again.
The 17th wedding anniversary gemstone is the the pink tourmaline. Find the perfect piece of pink tourmaline jewelry, whether it’s a pair of earrings, a pendant necklace, or beautiful ring. Better yet, create your own custom jewelry piece featuring your choice of pink tourmaline gemstones.
Celebrating your 17th wedding anniversary is a big milestone in your relationship. Make sure that you showcase your enduring marriage with thoughtful and meaningful gifts that will be memorable for years to come.
Ever find that all rings end up looking the same? Do you have a stone you want, but not the setting? If you want a ring exactly your style that is not only unique but has features that carry personal significance, consider having a custom ring designed. Here’s our guide on how to do it.
Scope Out Style
Inspect the jewelry that your significant other currently wears to get a sense of their jewelry personality. See what catches their eye while browsing magazines, Pinterest, or when shopping. Decide if you want the ring to incorporate an element of significance. If there is a symbol or saying that has special meaning, consider having it engraved on the band.
Also, prowl jewelry stores and galleries to really focus in on what you like. Take notes and make sketches of elements that catch your eye. Research designers whose work you admire.
Envision A Masterpiece
If you want to create a ring that is completely original, the toughest part is pinpointing what you want the ring to “say.” It can be tough for a non-artist to translate emotions into words. Work with what you know. Try writing a paragraph or a list of adjectives that describes how your significant other makes you feel, or traits she or he has that inspire you. If words elude you, look for images that do the job. Reference the list or images when browsing.
Don’t Forget About the Band
The whole point of this engagement ring thing is that there will soon be a wedding band to keep it company. Either go wild and commission a ring that stands alone or design something that looks beautiful alone but truly becomes complete with the addition of a coordinating custom-designed or store-bought band.
While custom design can sometimes be more expensive than purchasing a piece out of the case, keep in mind that it is often much more affordable than you think to create a one-of-a-kind item. Custom rings are more labor and time-intensive since they are hand-assembled. A true craftsman can turn a custom design into a masterpiece.
Start the process early. Allow six weeks for delivery of the ring once the design process has begun. Not only will you need time for ring research and to find a designer you like and trust, but finalizing the ring’s specifications may require some back and forth communication, not to mention the extra time it takes to hand-craft a ring and to engrave the inside, if desired.