Every few weeks, we like to highlight some milestone anniversaries of couples around the country.
Here are some of the latest …
Charles Thomas “Glenn” Gipson and Rosie Modean Robbins Gipson of Gastonia, North Carolina celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary on December 1, 2007!
Their daughters, Linda and Judy, along with one of their granddaughters, Gwendolyn, hosted a reception to commemorate the occasion. The Gipson’s have two other grandchildren and seven great grandchildren!
Congratulations to the happy couple! Here’s to many more years to come!
Robert and Joy Kingsley of Sedgwick, Kansas celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on Friday, January 11, 2008. The retired couple has six sons, who hosted a reception at their local church.
Instead of gifts, guests at the reception each brought an index card with a favorite memory or photo of the couple to add to their celebratory album. What a great idea!!
Congrats to the Kingsleys and all the other couples celebrating anniversaries this month!
In her annual Christmas message yesterday, the Queen of England released personal footage of the Royal Family gathering to celebrate her diamond wedding anniversary, along with her traditional address.
You can watch the video of the Christmas broadcast here on YouTube.
Whatever you think of royalty, it’s certainly fun to get a behind the scenes look at the big anniversary party. You can see the guests mingling, the posing for the formal portrait and much more.
Congrats again to the Royal Couple, who celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary last month with a huge celebration at Westminster Abbey.
It’s not often we get to read about a 70th anniversary, but here’s a great story out of the United Kingdom.
Marjorie and Jack Laughlin, both 91, of Driffield will be celebrating their 70th wedding anniversary on New Year’s Day.
“We have been together since we were 10-years-old and we have never been apart, except for six years during the war,” Mr. Laughlin told the Driffield Today. “We were childhood sweethearts and we have always worked together.”
The Laughlins were married at the age of 21. Now retired, of course, the couple ran two credit traders shops together in their hometown of Batley in West Yorkshire during their working lives.
They were successful business people and even appointed Mayor and Mayoress of Batley from 1963 to 1964.
What are their anniversary plans this year as they celebrate 70 years of wedded bliss?
“We don’t know how we’re going to celebrate,” said Mr. Laughlin. “I think something is going on here, I have heard rumours, but it has remained a surprise.”
The couple have a daughter, a son, five grandchildren and seven great grandchildren.
Congrats to Mr. and Mrs. Laughlin, here’s to many more!
My fifth wedding anniversary is in a few weeks. And five years is not much compared to the milestone anniversaries that we normally blog about here at Truly. But five years is five years.
In honor of my fifth anniversary, I offer my five tips for a successful marriage.
Say “I love you.”
Saying “I love you” early and often is important. Life is too short. You never know what can happen. When you leave for work in the morning or go to sleep at night, “I love you” should be the last words you say and the last words that you hear.
Don’t be a nag.
Nagging about petty stuff is useless. The woman wears herself out nagging. The man just rolls his eyes and eventually becomes resentful. If he leaves the toilet seat up, it’s not big deal – just put it down. In the big picture, it really doesn’t mean much.
Take a shower together everyday.
If you have small kids, this might be impossible. But if you don’t, it’s good advice. The shower is a great place for talking, bonding and … enjoying each other’s company. It’s a nice way to spend a little extra time together before starting your day.
Set a budget together.
When you first get married, it may be the first time you have pooled your money together with someone. One of you may be thrifty, while the other is frivolous with money. Get on the same page by setting up a budget together. Write down your short term and long term financial goals. Then make a plan to reach them.
Laugh a lot.
No matter what’s happening in your lives, take time out to spend time together in laugh. My husband and I watch TV together every night for an hour or so right before we fall asleep. We TIVO ridiculous shows from Reality TV to cheesy soaps. Then unwind together by laughing and watching TV before falling asleep.
Forgive me for posting two posts with videos in one day! But seriously, this is worth watching.
What a wonderful tribute to a couple that has been married for 60 years. The first part of the video is a collection of photos and narration from the time of their 25th anniversary. The second part of the compilation is honoring their 60th anniversary, which took place last month.
I really love how they used the photos of all the children, grandchildren and great children! Congrats on 60 years!
So maybe you’re approaching that first year and you’re trying to find the perfect gift. Granted, its been a whole year, and you could probably safely give your new husband or wife anything you choose, but why not go traditional?
I should probably practice what I preach, and I, in fact, did not give my husband the traditional paper gift on our first anniversary. I, however, didn’t have such an excellent resource to help me figure out what paper product I should give my honey. I thought the ‘paper anniversary’ meant I’d be stuck giving my sweetie a drawing or poem, and he’s not really into that…
But I was wrong. And so, just so you can be one step ahead of where I was after a year of wedded bliss, here are your 5 most creative paper gifts for that first anniversary:
Paper roses: A gift that lasts forever is always a good one! You can make these yourself (good luck!) or you can order them. Some really nice ones I’ve seen are available at Architect’s Touch Online; check them out for yourself!
Plane Tickets: If you have the money, why not take a trip for two? Nothing is as romantic as getting away from it all, and this is a great way to put a modern twist on a classic tradition.
A star: I know it sounds cheesy, but really how many people have their own star? This would be a classic gift that would never be forgotten. Clearly the star isn’t made of paper, but you’ll be able to give your sweetie the certificate of ownership, and that certainly is paper!
A newspaper from the day you got married: This one takes a little bit of forethought, or a lot of luck. Usually you’re so wrapped up in the events of the day that you wouldn’t think to grab a newspaper to commemorate the day. This gift will definitely go down in the books as sentimental and thoughtful.
A tree: So it’s not technically paper. It could become paper. In any case, if you have a house, this is a very original way to celebrate your first anniversary, and watch your marriage grow throughout the years. Though you probably won’t be living in the same place in 50 years, you’ll always remember that tree, and how far your love and marriage has come.
Here at Truly, we celebrate life and love by acknowledging milestone anniversary. These three couples will soon be celebrating their 50th wedding anniversaries!
The Rev. and Mrs. Dale Wallace of Dustin, Oklahoma will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary on Saturday, Dec. 1, 2007 with a reception in their honor. The couple has been blessed with three daughters, eight grandchildren and two great-granddaughters.
Dean and Betty Griffin of Edneyville, North Carolina will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary on Sunday, Dec. 2, 2007 with a reception at their church fellowship hall. The couple has three daughters and five lovely grandchildren.
Curtis and Wanda Smith of Nampa, Idaho will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary on Saturday, Dec. 8, 2007 with an open house celebration. The couple has two children, four grandsons and a great-granddaughter.
As the Royal Couple celebrates their 60th wedding anniversary, a couple in Hesston, Kansas prepares to do the same.
Though, they won’t be having a party of hundreds of royal and celebrity guests, Enola and Nelson Dreier are just as noteworthy.
The two were married on November 28, 1947 at Highland Evangelical Reformed Church in Newton, Kansas. Their children, which include three daughters and a son, are hosting a card shower in honor of the event. The couple also has 10 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
Congratulations to the Dreiers! Here’s to many more happy years!
Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes celebrated their one year anniversary on Sunday. The couple were married on Saturday, November 18, 2006 in a lavish wedding in Italy.
Though you may think that Tom can be a little eccentric (or just plain weird), they are a very cute couple. People Magazine put together a video compilation about their first year of marriage, which is enjoyable to watch.
The Queen of England and Duke of Edinburgh are set to celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary. The couple will host a special celebration on Monday, one day before the actual anniversary. They will be returning to the site of their wedding 60 years ago – Westminster Abbey, where 2,000 people will join them in the celebration. 30 members of the Royal Family, including the Prince Charles of Wales, the Duchess of Cornwall, Prince William and Prince Harry, will be there. Princess William will give a reading and the Archibishop of Canterbury will preside over the festivities.
Visit Royal.gov.uk where you can read all about their love story, view photographs and even write a personal message to the couple.
Other Anniversary News:
A Texas couple celebrated their 80th wedding anniversary last weekend. Melvin Scott, who is 100-years-old and his wife, 99-year-old Minnie Lou celebrated with generations of family and friends. 80 years ago, they were part of a vaudeville act and someone offered them $25 to get married on stage. The couple took the offer, as they were planning to marry anyway, and have lived happily ever after. They used the $25 to buy a bedroom set and a set of china, which they still use today. Source
Buffy Becomes a Prinze
Sarah Michelle Gellar surprised her husband, actor Freddie Prinze Jr. on their fifth wedding anniversary by taking his last name. Sarah presented him with a new driver’s license, bearing her new name, and Freddie was thrilled. She is now Sarah Michelle Prinze. Source