We stock a large range of 60th Diamond Wedding Anniversary party and table decorations. Many people find it difficult to find napkins, banners, confetti, and cake ornaments that are suitable for this most extraordinary of occasions so we've pulled together a range of quality party supplies from all the good suppliers we can find, and then had some designs and products produced exclusively for us. We also have a super range of gift ideas aimed at a diamond anniversary.
A Diamond Wedding anniversary represents 60 years of marriage and although it is a rare event, the increased longevity of our population has meant that there are more than you might think.
There’s something extraordinary about couples who celebrate their diamond wedding anniversary. Most of us feel that quite a lot of water has passed under the bridge when we reach our 60th birthday, but these couples were adults when they got married 60 years ago.
Couples celebrating this wonderful achievement in 2013 will have been married in 1953, when times of austerity meant something very different from what is spoken about in the media today. The country was still recovering from the ravages of war, and the cost of basic essentials such as food and fuel as a percentage of people’s income was far greater than it is today, but rationing had finally come to an end and 1953 saw a rapid increase in the number of cars taking to the roads. The wedding would undoubtedly have been the highlight of the year for the couple and anyone lucky enough to have been invited to the wedding, although weddings were frequently much smaller celebrations that they are today.
The most popular song of the year by far was Frankie Laine’s 'I Believe' which had three separate runs at the number one spot – the first for nine weeks, then a one week break followed by a second run of six weeks and after another week’s break a further run of three weeks.
The fashions of the day saw hemlines and hairlines growing shorter while the waistline relaxed a little and clothing took on a slightly more casual appearance compared to previous years. Very few women wore slacks or trousers still as skirts and dresses remained ever popular. The most popular wedding dresses would have been lace covered, long sleeved and high necked, very feminine and beautifully fitted.
It was coronation year and the highlight of the calendar in Britain as today’s diamond couples were just getting married. There were street parties across the country, and an exited and celebratory air was felt everywhere. And just as all this was being prepared news came through that the World’s highest mountain had been scaled for the first time in history by Edmund Hillary and Sherpa Tensing
When it comes to celebrating a diamond wedding anniversary there are many forms that the occasion can take, but consideration will naturally have to be given to the wishes and capabilities of the two guests of honour. Most will choose a sit down meal somewhere, and whether this is at a restaurant or other outside venue or at the home of the couple or one of their close family will depend upon numbers attending. There are lots of ways to give the event both the gravitas it deserves, and the sense of fun that any celebration of this kind should have. The selection of decorations will be determined by the venue but the colours that are most frequently associated with a diamond anniversary are silver, white and lilac, and they blend beautifully. The theme must inevitably be that of diamonds and these can easily be worked into the table decorations, the way in which the cake is decorated and the decorations for venue itself. Adding an intimate touch with a measure of personalisation of these decorations and accessories is something that always makes the occasion that bit more memorable
It is common on such an auspicious occasion for there to be at least one speech. Whilst the bridegroom from 60 years before may well wish to say a few words, it would be wise to check that he’s happy to do so beforehand, and it is right that someone close to the couple should say something about their lives together and the family and friends they have brought together on the day. It’s also worth giving some serious thought to capturing the events of the day and the thoughts and feelings of the people attending as a memento for the future, and there are simple but very effective ways to achieve this through the use of guest books and photography, but planning is the key to a successful record.
Finally, keep the timing of the event to that which will suit the couple themselves. It’s much more likely that a lunch or an afternoon tea celebration of their Diamond Wedding Anniversary will suit a couple who are advancing in years than an event that continues late into the evening.