Anniversary Gifts By Year

My hubster and I are really loving the challenge of choosing anniversary gifts by year!  You can fall back on the list if you’re stuck but it can also be fun to challenge yourselves to get creative with it!  Although we have only been married for a few years, we took our sweet time getting here and have celebrated 11 anniversaries together.  We like to make our anniversary gifts more meaningful, and save things like clothing and household items for Christmas and birthdays.

Here are the traditional gifts by year, with a modern twist.

1 Year – Paper  Check out our post of 1st Anniversary Gift Ideas!
2 Years – Cotton  Looking for thoughtful 2nd Anniversary Gifts?  We’ve got ideas!
3 Years – Leather
4 Years – Fruit/ Flowers  Our friends at Amborella are ready to recreate your wedding flowers like they did for our Groom to give his Bride-to-be on Valentines’ day.  (He’s a keeper!)  This was their wedding.
5 Years – Wood
6 Years – Iron
7 Years – Wool/ Copper
8 Years – Pottery/ Bronze  Can’t wait for this one, I am SO signing us up for a clay pottery spinning class!  Not just a keepsake, we’re also out here making memories.
9 Years – Willow/ Pottery
10 Years – Diamond Jewelry  How lovely would it be to gift her with a stackable ring to add to her finger.  A daily reminder of how your love for her has grown over the years.   If your budget allows, how about upgrading the diamond in her ring?  Sometimes the original diamond is made into a necklace or stud earrings so that she can continue to wear that along with the new bling in her ring!

Traditionally the 10 year anniversary meant Tin/ Aluminum, but we think a decade of marriage is much more deserving of the modern adaptation. What do you think?

Curious about more anniversary gifts by year?  Here are many more to look forward to.

15 Years – Crystal
20 Years – China
25 Years – Silver
30 Year – Pearls
35 Years – Coral
40 Years – Ruby
45 Years – Saphire
50 Years – Gold
60 Years – Diamond

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All-in-One Printer Review

Hello darlings! I just got a fabulous new wireless All-in-One Printer and I wanted to share my thoughts with you with a review. I know that most of you are Brides-to-be, but this review is for small business owners like myself, and wedding industry friends. I’m not getting paid to say this, these are just my own honest opinions and observations.

Let’s dive right in, if you aren’t a small business owner then this printer is way overkill. It’s bulky, heavy and you wouldn’t need the extreme workload of this one, so you can go check out my other blog posts about romance and pretty florals!

Showcasing white printer that fits nicely with the style of Wedding Planner's home office decor aesthetic.
Color ImageCLASS by Canon

For all the entrepreneurs and #bossbabes who stuck around to keep reading, let me get right to it.  This is the Canon ImageCLASS MF624CW.

I chose this one because I needed All-in-One printer, scanner, copier and I also really wanted wireless capability.  That’s right, I can check emails on my phone and hit print from my kitchen, bedroom, garage, absolutely anywhere in my house.  It’s sooooo handy. 

My first impression was that it is a pretty nice looking, and it fits in with my home office decor aesthetic, which was a bonus.  After all, this is where I meet with Brides and Grooms-to-be, so it doesn’t hurt that it’s nice looking.

Close up of printer

The main paper tray is on the bottom at the front, and above that is a slot for printing labels.

It’s got an easy to use touch screen and simple keypad.

Touch screen and buttons.

Now I’ll show you how to replace the toner cartridges, because it wasn’t in the back where I expected it to be. The toner panel is actually in the front, so you pull down the panel and it opens like this.

Toner replacement panel.

Then you squeeze the blue button to pull out the black tray.

Toner replacement release.

The tray pulls out to reveal slots for all of your different colours of toner cartridges.

Toner cartridges.

Wireless Printing

Here is a cell phone screen shot of the wireless printing app.  It’s the only way to print wirelessly, so it would have been nice to put this info in the instructions… but it’s awesome and super simple to use. 

Wireless printing App for your cell phone.

Overall, I give the Canon ImageCLASS 4 stars. It’s huge, and super heavy or I might have given it a perfect score.

Well darlings, I hope this helps you decide if this beautiful beast is the printer for you!

Wedding Awards – Best Wedding Under $25,000

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UPDATE:  I’m incredibly honored to have won the award for BEST WEDDING UNDER $25,000!!!  Check out the beautiful trophy that was just delivered. (Wish I could have flown to Ontario for the awards banquet, it looked like an amazing event)!  Can’t wait to share snaps of the new Birch & Bunny Weddings HQ where I’m clearing a spot for this trophy!

You guys, I’m so thrilled to announce that we’ve been chosen as 1 of 3 finalists for a WPIC Wedding Award in the category of Best Wedding Under $25,000!!
I know there was a lot of talented competition in the other categories, and awards are certainly not why I do what I do, so I can’t wait to see who wins in all categories!!
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Ceremony Readings for Same-sex Couples

The most meaningful part of your wedding is your ceremony, and the very best way to personalize it (after writing your own vows) is choosing ceremony readings. They may already hold personal meaning to the two of you, or that may grow over time and likely represent your personal style as a couple.

Feel free to look for inspiration in unexpected places. A movie quote, song lyric, short poem, excerpt from a favorite novel, a quote or a childhood book are all great sources for personalizing your ceremony readings. Here are a few that might spark your interest!

Let’s start our list of ceremony readings with one that is calligraphed on a handmade paper banner that hangs in Birch & Bunny Weddings HQ (my home office).

I Carry Your Heart With Me
by E. E. Cummings

I carry your heart with me I carry it in
my heart) I am never without it(anywhere
I go you go, my dear; and whatever is done
by only me is your doing, my darling)
I fear
no fate(for you are my fate, my sweet) I want
no world(for beautiful you are my world, my true)
and it’s you are whatever a moon has always meant
and whatever a sun will always sing is you

here is the deepest secret nobody knows
(here is the root of the root and the bud of the bud
and the sky of the sky of a tree called life; which grows
higher than soul can hope or mind can hide)
and this is the wonder that’s keeping the stars apart

To Be One With Each Other
by George Eliot

What greater thing is there for two human souls
than to feel that they are joined together to strengthen
each other in all labor, to minister to each other in all sorrow,
to share with each other in all gladness,
to be one with each other in the
silent unspoken memories?

An Excerpt from the Novel ‘Contact’
by Carl Sagan

For small creatures such as we the vastness is bearable only through love.

Love Sonnet 17
by Pablo Neruda

I love you without knowing how, or when, or from where.
I love you straightforwardly, without complexities or pride;
so I love you because I know no other way
than this: where I does not exist, nor you,
so close that your hand on my chest is my hand,
so close that your eyes close as I fall asleep.

Wild Awake
by Hilary T. Smith

People are like cities: We all have alleys and gardens and secret rooftops and places where daisies sprout between the sidewalk cracks, but most of the time all we let each other see is a postcard glimpse of a skyline or a polished square. Love lets you find those hidden places in another person, even the ones they didn’t know were there, even the ones they wouldn’t have thought to call beautiful themselves.

To Love is Not to Possess
by James Kavanaugh

To love is not to possess,
To own or imprison
Nor to lose one’s self in another.
Love is to join and separate,
To walk alone and together,
To find a laughing freedom
That lonely isolation does not permit.
It is finally to be able
To be who we really are
No longer clinging in childish dependency
Nor docilely living separate lives in silence,
It is to be perfectly one’s self
And perfectly joined in permanent commitment
To another–and to one’s inner self.
Love only endures when it moves like waves,
Receding and returning gently or passionately,
Or moving lovingly like the tide
In the moon’s own predictable harmony
Because finally, despite a child’s scars
Or an adult’s deepest wounds,
They are openly free to be
Who they really are–and always secretly were,
In the very core of their being
Where true and lasting love can alone abide.

Somewhere I Have Never Traveled, Gladly Beyond
by E. E. Cummings

somewhere I have never traveled, gladly beyond
any experience, your eyes have their silence:
in your most frail gesture are things which enclose me,
or which I cannot touch because they are too near

your slightest look easily will unclose me
though I have closed myself as fingers,
you open always petal by petal myself as Spring opens
(touching skillfully, mysteriously) her first rose

or if your wish be to close me, I and
my life will shut very beautifully, suddenly,
as when the heart of this flower imagines
the snow carefully everywhere descending;

nothing which we are to perceive in this world equals
the power of your intense fragility: whose texture
compels me with the colour of its countries,
rendering death and forever with each breathing

(I do not know what it is about you that closes
and opens; only something in me understands
the voice of your eyes is deeper than all roses)
nobody, not even the rain, has such small hands

Coming Home
By Mary Oliver

“When we are driving in the dark,
on the long road to Provincetown,
when we are weary,
when the buildings and the scrub pines lose their familiar look,
I imagine us rising from the speeding car.
I imagine us seeing everything from another place—
the top of one of the pale dunes, or the deep and nameless
fields of the sea.
And what we see is a world that cannot cherish us,
but which we cherish.
And what we see is our life moving like that
along the dark edges of everything,
headlights sweeping the blackness,
believing in a thousand fragile and unprovable things.
Looking out for sorrow,
slowing down for happiness,
making all the right turns
right down to the thumping barriers to the sea,
the swirling waves,
the narrow streets, the houses,
the past, the future,
the doorway that belongs
to you and me.

I hope you’re inspired to look to unexpected sources when choosing your ceremony readings. You never know where you’ll find a real gem.

1st Anniversary Gifts

Commemorate the first year of marriage with a Paper Anniversary Gift.

Watercolour Portrait
Little Me Paper Co. offers a whimsical custom watercolour painting of your wedding photo.  Leanne includes florals and banners, or can add a full background if you wish!  Her creations are watercolour and ink on archival quality paper, a true keepsake.  She also offers bespoke wedding stationery and other lovely paper goods.

Little Me Paper Co. is based in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.  Check out her Etsy shop.

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Bouquet Painting
Eternally preserve the delicate and fleeting beauty of your wedding bouquet with an original painting by Canadian artist, Terri Heinrichs.  Terri can capture your bouquet in either impressionistic, traditional oil painting style, or she could paint it in a more contemporary acrylic textured style. Whichever style you choose, what a beautiful keepsake to display in your home!

Based in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.  Click here to see how to commission Terri to paint your (or a loved one’s) wedding bouquet.

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Wedding Bouquet Painting 1st Anniversary

Wedding Song Lyrics or Sheet Music
Your first dance song or ceremony song in beautiful sheet music on canvas to display in your home, by Nellys Custom Art.

Ships from London, England or via digital download. Order via Etsy

first dance song on canvas

Sound Waves
Artsy VoicePrint will personalize a sound wave from the moment you each said “I Do” or even your wedding song!  Museum quality professional GICLEE printing for vibrant colour.  I ADORE this bonus: it also comes with a QR code so that you can listen to the sound too!

Ships from California, USA.  Order via Etsy

I Do soundwave art

Paper Cutout Portrait
Purple Paper People will create a beautiful memento of your wedding photo and GUESS WHAT!  One pet is included, with the option to add all your fur-babies.  If you’re anything like me, home is where the pets are- pets are life.  My hubby and I first saw her work in the home of our Marriage Commissioner, which she received for her own 1 year anniversary.

Ships from Toronto, Ontario, Canada.  Check out her shop on Etsy 

gift ideas for 1 year

Tickets for a Date Night
More interested in an experience to share together, instead of a keepsake?  A date night to see a concert, comedian, dance or theater definitely counts as a paper gift!  Bonus points if your spouse has been wanting to see this band live or go to the ballet with you.  You have the freedom to set your own budget for this gift too.

I can’t take credit though, this idea came from my wonderful hubby Kyle, who gifted me with tickets to a comedy show along with a wall frame for displaying our wedding photos, which he was proud to point out would be paper too!

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Boutique Wedding Show
Details:       Saturday, January 20, 2018 from 6:00pm – 9:00pm
Sunday, January 21, 2018 from 11:00am – 4:00pm
Location:   Hudson, 200 – 8 Ave. SW, 6th Floor

The BASH is a wedding show unlike any other! It’s the ONLY wedding show you need to go to.  Oh Yes, and yours truly will be there along with a select group of incredibly talented wedding pro’s!
cocktail party wedding showGrab a Cocktail!
Yes, The BASH is a fresh kind of wedding show.  Every ticket to The BASH includes a complimentary signature cocktail and canapés prepared by Hudson.  Sunday there will be mimosas and coffee by Monogram.
latte art monogram
Hair & Makeup Touch-Ups
The Mountain Beauties glam squad will be on site offering free touch-ups, and a selfie station!  Be sure to admire their lovely booth, because this year I was honored when Mountain Beauties asked Birch & Bunny to team up to style their booth!hair and makeupNew Venue
The BASH has moved into a new event space this year; Hudson!  Birch & Bunny gave you a sneak peak from their grand opening party- check it out here if you missed it!

VIP Tickets are soooo worth the splurge!  Trust us, there are some incredible perks in those lovely gift bags that only the VIP guests will receive, including several hundred dollars worth of discounts for incredible local wedding vendors. Plus goodies from some of our favourite local businesses including Junction 9, Juice Because, Model Milk, Village Ice Cream.  Get your tickets here.

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Birch & Bunny Weddings and Events is beyond thrilled to be an Exclusive Vendor of The BASH and I just cannot wait to meet you!

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Pantone Colour of 2018 – Ultra Violet

The trend predictors at Pantone have announced their prediction for the 2018 colour of the year and it is…
(drum roll please)
Pantone Ultra Violet

… Ultra Violet!  Pantone is calling it a “dramatically provocative and thoughtful purple shade” that “communicates originality, ingenuity and visionary thinking that points us toward the future.”  A very bold and vibrant choice after what was known as nature’s neutral; 2017’s Greenery.

Ahead of the trend, Cheryl + Travis used shades of purple in their fall 2017 wedding.

Purple Smoke Wedding
Black Bridesmaids
This Bride is a total gem and doesn’t she look amazing?!
smoke bomb wedding
Show stopping glam gown.

Making a fashion statement with these vibrant spike heels!

Travis + Cheryl’s son and Cheryl’s niece were fantastic as Ring Bearer and Flower Girl.
Flower Girl and Ring Bearer
Flower Girl Basket

Flowers on Cake
Guest Book Sign
Smoke Bomb Bride

Huge thank you to Jessica Hunter Photography team for being so awesome and up for the challenge when I said I wanted to surprise Cheryl + Travis with these coloured smoke bombs!  Click here if you’d like to watch the video slideshow of their wedding photos.

Photographer: Jessica Hunter Photography
Planner: Birch & Bunny Weddings and Events
Hair: Kharma Salon Weyburn, SK
MUA: Dallen Nicole
Dress: Sophia Tolli
Boutique: NWL Dress Boutique
Shoes:  Nine West
Smoke Bombs: Rocket Fireworks Inc.

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RCMP and Nurse’s Mountain Wedding

Gazebo Ceremony
Linsey + Mitch wed surrounded by the scenic rocky mountains at Silvertip Resort in Canmore, Alberta.
Knowing that his love was a major Disney fanattic, Mitch proposed to Linsey at Disney Land!
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As guests arrived they were serenaded by Amante Duo.
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Bride Procession
RCMP wedding
Bride and Groom Entrance
To incorporate their Disney Land proposal into their big day wasn’t hard, first they used Disney trivia to determine the order at dinner.  Then instead of clinking glasses guests were to recite a Disney quote to get the newlyweds to smooch.
Fireplace Headtable
This Sweets Table featured desserts as far as the eye could see- everything from macarons and croquembouche, to sandwich cookies, donuts, brownies, blondies, and various mini pies and tartlets!
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Croquembouche Wedding DessertSweets TableConfetti Sandwich CookiesSweets Table Dessert BuffetMini Tarts
One small guest was especially impressed by the sweets table!  I overheard a little girl ask her daddy if she could go get dessert, her eyes must have been bigger than her stomach because she returned with a half full serving platter!  After we stifled a giggle, her dad told the little girl that she had to offer the sweets around.  Boy was she ever disappointed, but she did share.  Such a sweetheart.

Wedding CakeBride Cake Cutting
Couple's First Dance
Little did Linsey + Mitch know, that their friends had staged a Flash-mob group dance!

Afterwards, I took the gorgeous flowers to YYC Petal Project.  They took our donated centrepieces, bouquets and garlands and split them into several smaller bouquets which they distributed to a Senior’s Care Centre.  As a Nurse (and a total sweetheart) Linsey was so thrilled by this suggestion.
Donating to YYC Petal Project Flower donation
What an amazing day with an incredible couple!  I am so honored that you chose me to be a part of your special day.

Event Partner Team
Venue: Silvertip Resort
Photographer: Kingdom Come Photography
Coordinator: Laura of Birch & Bunny Weddings and Events
Florist: Travis of Calyx Floral Design 
Cake + Desserts: Pretty Sweet
Musicians: Amante Duo 
DJ: Outright Entertainment
Stationer: Pink Umbrella Designs
Bridal Boutique: Novia Mia Bridal
Gown: Allure Bridals
MUA: Beauty Mark Productions
JP: Greta Reiten
Guest Shuttle: Highland VIP Group
Flower Donation:  YYC Petal Project

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Cotton (2nd) Anniversary Gift Ideas

Embroidered Bouquet
Lovely bespoke replica of your wedding bouquet, handstitched by Erin McMenemy. Erin will capture the essence of your bouquet, so you can even let her know if there were special details such as a charm on the ribbon wrap.
She’s @erinmcmom across all social media platforms. You can even watch her time-lapse stitching videos on YouTube.

Ships from Toronto, Ontario, Canada.  Check out her Etsy shop!

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Custom Pillow Cover
Want to hear the cutest thing?  As I’ve mentioned in previous posts, my hubster Kyle and I are loving the annual challenge of choosing gifts from the Traditional Anniversary Gifts list.  Well as they say, “great minds think alike”.  For our Cotton Anniversary we both ended up handing each other throw pillow covers!  I ordered his from Thimble Theory.

Choose your font and colours, add your names, the date you met, your proposal date, wedding date and you’re done!

Ships from Stoney Creek, Ontario, Canada.  Order via website or Etsy.

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Sound Waves on Canvas
Artsy VoicePrint will create personalized art from a sound wave of the moment you each said “I Do” or even your wedding song!  You may have seen that we previously mentioned this Etsy shop in our 1st Anniversary Gift Ideas blog post, but you can also get this on cotton canvas for your 2nd anniversary or even wood for your 5th or metal for your 1oth.
Plus, I ADORE this bonus: it also comes with a QR code so that you can listen to the source of your soundwave art anytime!

Ships from California, USA.  Order via website or Etsy

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