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My parents are having their 30th wedding anniversary in late March. I don't have a lot of money, but would like to do something special. I have 2 brothers and a sister who would also help. What would be a nice gift or should we give them a party?
How about a gathering of friends and do a "mock wedding" for them -- sort of like renewing their vows only not done by a clergy. I did one for my folks for their 45th anniversay and was so glad I had because they were looking forward to their 50th and passed away shortly before that time. We made up some comical questions about their life together and then proceeded with the vows. We used a black graduation gown as the clergy robe, a veil made out of a curtain, and a rolling pin with a bouquet attached for the bride. We had a homemade "wedding cake", computer "marriage license" and the neighbors gave them a live tree for planting (as a remembrance) and the tree had white paper doves on them.
As half of a couple married forty-two years, I can tell you that nothing is as important to us as our children and grandchildren. The photo albums are a great idea. Our children did this on my husband's birthday and I overheard his brothers say they wished someone would do that for them. Perhaps you could hire an amateur photographer to take a family portrait in their yard or living room, with everyone dressed in some coordinating way, i.
how about making a set of 3 photo albums from you and your siblings. Each of you could do a decade of their marriage. It would take time, but not too much money. The effort would likely really be appreciated.
I would like to add another thought to the 30th anniversary party. You can do a "shotgun" wedding as we have done on other occassions. The best man would carry a "toy shotgun" and deliver the groom to the clergy.