The Perfect Wedding Anniversary Gift For Her At Every Decade

Your wedding planner is right by your side during the planning process and your big day. But, after the cake has been cut and the last song has played, we go our separate ways. Husbands, this little piece of wedding anniversary gifting advice is for you!

Your first anniversary gift can be anything from a weekend getaway, to a pair of designer heels. We’re sure you could think of a list of gifts that would make your wife’s heart melt. But, what would set your tenth and twentieth wedding anniversary gifts apart from the rest? All you need to do is think like Nicholas Sparks and take our advice. This list of gift ideas will help you make your wife gush at every decade.

Wedding Anniversary Gift Ideas For Her

10 Years of Marriage

Take her on a dream vacation. Your wife might like hiking or city life… wherever her dream spot is, TAKE HER THERE! After 10 years of marriage you have experienced many firsts as a couple.  There is something to be said about how precious quality time is. The best gift you could give her is one where you spend time alone, experiencing something new. For your tenth anniversary, experience yet another first together.

20 Years of Marriage

Make a statement with jewelry. There are thousands of couples who view their twentieth anniversary as a good time to renew their vows. If you and your wife are considering reliving that powerful and uniting moment, make it extra special by giving her an additional band. Of course, you do not need to renew vows to purchase something sparkly. A necklace and matching earrings or, an eye-catching bracelet are just as special. Statement jewelry that fits your wife’s style will tell her that you pay attention to what she likes!

30 Years of Marriage

Complete a 30 days of gifting challenge! (a gift every day for your entire anniversary month) Start small. By this time, you will have given your loved one nearly every variation of a wedding anniversary gift. Go back to the basics. What little pieces of information about her and your love story are stuck in your memory? If you remember what she was drinking strawberry daiquiris on your honeymoon, take her on a date to get one. Or, if she stole your heart on the dance floor  and you remember the song, buy her that CD. You could even turn that song on at home and share a dance. The 30 days of gifting challenge is a simple way to remind her that you value all of the in-between moments you two have shared.

40 Years of Marriage

Learn something new. It is totally normal for spouses not to share the same passions. One of you might enjoy an art show, while the other would prefer to go boating. Pay attention to what your wife talks about doing but never really does. Or, give her the option to choose an experience that she would like to share with you. Quality time is key!

50 Years of Marriage

Have a party! Invite your family and friends to celebrate the love you have shared for half of a century! Hire a planner and surprise her. Or, let her take the reigns. Whatever the situation, big or small, you two deserve to have a night dedicated to your love. To end it with a bang, go all out and make a toast to your wife. Whatever you say, she’ll love it.

Anniversaries will vary year to year, marriages will face bad days. So, take advantage of the one day out of the year that the two of you gave so much meaning to! It is important to make your person smile and reminisce on your love story together. All clichés aside, a woman loves feeling seen and understood. Give gifts that show her you still know her soul, even after all of life’s changes.

Planning: Rebecca Calagna Events

Photography: Mood Photo and Video 

 

Rebecca Calagna was named a Wedding Wire  ‘Couple’s Choice’ wedding coordinator in 2019. Keep up with the RC Events Team as they celebrate love all over Southern California. Shop Rebecca Calagna Events exclusive event and wedding coordinating must haves on Amazon.

 

Your Must Have Wedding Day Emergency Kit Checklist by RC Events Team

It was a gorgeous wedding day for The RC Events Team. A sweet, sunny outdoor ceremony at Newland Barn in Huntington Beach followed by a lively reception. Right as dinner had finished being served, the DJ asked our Lead Coordinator, Julianne for the prize bouquet for a reception game. There was no mention of this bouquet by our bride or the floral vendor… these things happen at events. Miscommunication happens! So, we turned to our handy-dandy wedding day emergency kit.

In under five minutes we managed to create a simple bouquet from leftover cake florals, scissors, string, and ribbon. But, this wasn’t the only time we had been challenged to MacGyver an item out of scraps. Day-of disasters happen and are real possibilities we must be aware of, which is why there is a demand for professionals who put out fires (aka WEDDING PLANNERS).

The RC Events Team carries an emergency kit to every event we coordinate. In fact, most event coordinators do! It is a professional planner’s nature to consider every possible emergency and develop strategies to handle them. Also in our repertoire, checklists! We developed the Must Have Wedding Day Emergency Kit Checklist for you so you can be sure you’ll weather any wedding day storm.

DIY bride or a budding wedding and event coordinator; this emergency kit checklist will aid you in preparing for any day-of crisis.

Your Must Have Wedding Day Emergency Kit Checklist 

Download & Print: Your Must Have Wedding Day Emergency Kit Checklist by RC Events Team

Tools:

  • Safety pins
  • Sewing needle
  • White thread
  • Scissors
  • Box cutter
  • String
  • White ribbon (1”)
  • Twine
  • Thumb tacks (silver/flat on top)
  • Lighter
  • Painters tape
  • Packing tape
  • Scotch tape
  • Double-sided tape
  • Sharpies
  • Pens (black)
  • Cardstock
  • Envelopes
  • Plastic baggies
  • Hot glue gun
  • Hot glue sticks
  • Clip boards (for team)
  • Butterfly/Binder clips
  • Fishing wire

Electronics:

  • Cell phone charger
  • Portable/ external cell phone charger
  • AA Batteries
  • AAA Batteries
  • Team communication system (walkie-talkies + headsets)
  • Auxiliary cable
  • HDMI cable
  • Bluetooth speaker (+ charger)

Hygiene:

  • Bobby pins
  • Clear nail polish (for Nylon and Tulle tears)
  • Hairspray
  • Comb
  • 1 pack of tissues
  • Wet wipes
  • Cotton swabs
  • Gum
  • Mints
  • Floss
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Band Aids
  • All other traditional First Aid Kit items
  • Ibuprofen– or, other pain relievers
  • Imodium
  • Vaseline

Miscellaneous:

  • Small pack of candy, no nuts (to bribe flower girls and the ring bearer with)
  • Mr. Clean Magic Eraser
  • Tide-to-go Pen
  • Fashion tape
  • Water (stay hydrated!)
  • Snacks for you (sometimes you are not able to sit down!)
  • Extra shoes (flats, or tennis shoes for preparation and clean-up times)
  • Grasswalkers— Heel protectors  (for brides/bridesmaids)
  • 1 extra cake-cutting set
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Nothing Goes Perfectly As Planned

This list of items has gotten our team through over 14 years of weddings and events. As a coordinator, there is no way to know what is going to take place at any given event. You are working with people. Nobody is perfect, which means nothing goes perfectly as planned; ever. All you can do is prepare for the worst situations you can think of and handle them the RC way, with kindness and grace. You might use these items for yourself, your team, the bride, the flower girl, or even the DJ. Whoever it is, you will be ready. Now, take this Must Have Wedding Day Emergency Kit Checklist and be on your way to coordinating with confidence!

Weeding Coordination: @rebeccacalagnaevents

Photography: @moodphotovideo 

Florals: @twigndvineflorals

Venue: Kellog House in Pomona

Bride: @eloram

Rebecca Calagna was named a Wedding Wire  ‘Couple’s Choice’ wedding coordinator in 2019. Keep up with the RC Events Team as they celebrate love all over Southern California. Shop Rebecca Calagna Events exclusive wedding and event coordinating must haves on Amazon.

Flower Girls And The Ring Bearer: Recent Trends For Every Guest’s Favorite Part of A Wedding Ceremony

We all know the traditional ceremony “drill.” As the last bridesmaid’s dress sweeps across the aisle, every witness turns to watch the ceremonies most adorable 60 seconds (if you’re lucky)  unfold. In enters a 4-foot-nothing ring bearer, buttoned into a miniature suit, wearing a shy smile. He steals the hearts of all of the women sitting in the crowd. Your heart melts as he and the groom lock eyes and then, your attention is drawn to a couple of real-life dolls dropping flower petals. Their hair done-up to compliment their fluffy dresses. 

We may gawk over every wedding detail from the bride’s dress to florals… but oftentimes, the flower girls and the ring bearer steal the show. This wedding season, the RC Events Team has seen many fresh twists on this sweet ceremony tradition.

Madison & Jonathan’s Pinterest-Worthy Flower Girls and Ring Bearer 

Without a doubt, Madison and Jonathan Bergamo are a match made in heaven; their ceremony kiddos… just as heavenly. The kids’ excitement to walk down the aisle before Madison was contagious.

There has been a shift in boutonniere designs from the traditional single-flower with greenery, to minimal florals. Some couples even choose non-traditional styles such as, metal pins, feathers, and bamboo. Flowers By Mae Mae crafted the ring bearers boutonniere, which followed recent male floral trends. To finish the look, he carried a wooden sign that read, “Here comes the love of your life,” along with a small ring pillow. His sweet smile definitely set the tone for the ceremony.

The flower girls spent the early afternoon having their hair done by Hair and Makeup By Sydney with the bridesmaids. Sydney assembled loosely curled, dutch-braided, half-up styles on each of the girls. More and more we are seeing flower girls transition from clean-cut hairstyles to more relaxed, boho-inspired styles. Another new trend we are noticing is, flower girl dresses are not nearly as full as they used to be. In fact, Madison chose for her flower girls to wear simple lace, slim-cut dresses down the aisle. While we did miss tulle a tiny bit, the two looked undeniably precious.

Photos by Jonnie and Garret

Flower Girls and The Ring Bearer Say Goodbye Pleather Shoes & Hello To Clean Sneakers

Clean sneakers are considered appropriate for most weddings these days. This is a great style to implement at your outdoor ceremony. The ones who sport this look the absolute best are of course, the kids.

Amelia and Ryan showcased a fun-spirited toddler as their flower girl. Talk about cuteness overload! Moss Flowers and Garden designed her crown to match the ceremony arch. She wore white high-top converse with ruffled socks and a pale pink dress (yes, THERE WAS TULLE).  

Photos by Katherine Rose 

Our bride Sabrina claimed she and Raul, her new husband, bribed their niece and nephew with toys to walk down the aisle. We pass no judgement… we may keep an extra pack of gummy bears in our emergency bag. The ring bearer was certainly melting hearts with his huge smile and “Old Skool” Vans paired with a bow-tie. Right beside him was his big sister in satin ballet flats, which we found much more stylish than your traditional white pleather shoe. Our favorite accessory of hers was her flower crown by Posh Peony, which totally rocked.

Photos by The Hendry’s
Rebecca Calagna was named a Wedding Wire  ‘Couple’s Choice’ wedding coordinator in 2019. Keep up with the RC Events Team as they celebrate love all over Southern California. Schedule a consultation with Rebecca Calagna and take the first step in planning your dream wedding.

Ashleyann and Raymond’s Wedding

Elegant and historical are two words that come to mind when describing Ashleyann and Raymond’s special day.  They were married at the beautiful and antique Mission Inn.  The combination of the old chapel and choice of white and green color palette was a match made in heaven.  From the beautiful heartfelt ceremony to the amazing hanging florals in the reception, Ashleyann and Raymond’s wedding was a night to remember.

The details of the ceremony were to die for.  Their choice of florals perfectly accented the architecture of the Mission Inn.  The flower arrangements simply added and enhanced the details of the chapel.  The details perfectly highlighted the couples sweet I Dos.  Just look at the gorgeous ceremony and of course the gorgeous couple!

Their reception was absolutely lavish and glamorous.  The details were picture perfect from the beautiful place settings with hints of gold to adorable signage on the guest book table.  The white florals with lots of greenery tied the whole room together perfectly with a sweet romantic touch.

One of our favorite details was the florals hanging from the chandeliers.  This was such a unique and romantic touch that pulled all the details together.

 

Congratulations to this sweet couple, we wish them a long and happy life together!

 

Special thanks to these awesome vendors:

Venue: Mission Inn
Hair and Makeup: Makeup by Lex and Ashley Swank
Florist: Irises Designs
Photographer: Sun and Sparrow
Videographer: Xposure films
DJ: Southern California DJs

Nicole and Nicholas’ Wedding

On Veteran’s Day 2017 Nicole and Nicholas were wed at the Balboa Bay Resort in Newport Beach.  They are both from military families, with our Groom serving himself, so it only made sense that their special day was both very presidential and at the same time romantic.  Nicole was wearing a beautiful lace dress with cap sleeves and an elegant train.  Their color palette of red, burgundy, pink, and white perfectly complimented the luxurious yachts and elegant decor of the resort.  Their day was full of love, keep reading to see their heartfelt day!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Getting ready with your girls can be one of the best of part of your wedding day.  Nicole gifted her bridesmaids with adorable matching red robes which made for some fun pictures to capture the first few memories of her wedding day.

Nicole and Nicholas’ ceremony had so many sweet moments.  Their flower girl was so cute waiting for Nicole to walk down the aisle.  They exchanged touching vows under a gorgeous arch created by The Bloom of Time.  Their ceremony took place at the Balboa Bay Resort’s Bayview Lawn right next to the crystal clear bay.

Nicole’s bridesmaids looked so gorgeous in beautiful flowy red gowns and held white and burgundy flowers with some greenery. Nicholas’ groomsmen wore slick black tuxes with white boutonnieres and a red pocket square that complimented the bridesmaids dresses perfectly.  Just look at how in love these two are, it makes us so happy to see how in love our couples are.

Their reception was one for the books!  The reception was filled with so many elegant details.  The hints of gold throughout the ballroom were the perfect touch to this presidential and sweet celebration.

 

Congratulations to Mr. + Mrs. Rubino! We thank Nicholas and both families for their service to our Country!

Vendor Team:

Venue: Balboa Bay Resort
Photography: Jim Kennedy Photographers
Florist: The Bloom of Time
DJ: Invisible Touch Events
Cake: M Cakes Sweets
Hair + Makeup: Sandra Bailey and Troy Shook