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25th wedding anniversary party ideas on a budget

Updated April 17, 2017

A 25th anniversary is a huge milestone and a great reason to celebrate. However, throwing the bash of the year can be very expensive and may not be feasible for everyone. For those with a strict budget, the celebration may not be as elaborate, but with careful planning it's easy to keep guests entertained without spending a lot of money.

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While there are various styles of invitations that you can buy, making invitations for a 25th anniversary party doesn't have to be hard. Use a thick, white paper to print the party information on. To make the invitations look classy, use a fancy script in silver lettering. Include the names of the guests of honour, the time, date, location of the party and information for guests to RSVP. To personalise the invitations, include a picture of the couple who is celebrating their 25th anniversary.


Decorations should be kept simple. White and silver balloons, white table linens and white flower centrepieces can be bought at any party supply shop fairly cheaply. Using paper plates and plastic dinnerware is cheaper than renting entire place settings and also easier to clean up. In the area where guests enter, place a book for guests to sign and various pictures of the couple throughout their 25 years of marriage. Pictures can also be put in several places to help decorate the dining and food tables.

Food and drinks

Feeding a lot of people on a budget can be difficult. However, choosing a buffet-style meal will help minimise the cost. Order meat and cheese trays so guests can make sandwiches. Vegetable trays, fruit trays and chips and dips are other low-cost options for food. To keep the cost of drinks down, stick with soda and bottled water. If there will be guests who prefer alcoholic beverages, serving beer is less expensive than making drinks. For those who don't need to serve a meal to their guests, simply serving cake and punch is an inexpensive way to provide refreshments.


Put together a slide show that showcases the couple's 25 years together. Not only will it entertain the guests for a while, but will mean a great deal to the couple when they see how much effort was put into making the video. As a gift to the couple, take a video camera around to the guests and let them record their feelings and well wishes for their 25th wedding anniversary. Having music and an area for people to dance is probably the cheapest way to entertain guests. Instead of hiring a DJ, download music online and have a family member be in charge of the music.

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About the Author

Emily Retherford has been a full-time writer since 2009. She specializes in travel, parenting, fashion and beauty with work appearing on various online publications.

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