Would it be wrong to celebrate a 60th wedding anniversary in May when the actual date is in December?

by Sandra Ross
(Edgewood, MD.)

Sandra asks about a 60th wedding anniversary celebration for her parents. Is it appropriate to have it 7 months early due to a family get-together earlier in the year?




I have many brothers and sisters(14 in all) and we live in different states across the US. We will all be attending a family reunion this year in the month of May (which will be one of those rare occasions when we all get together). This year on the 23rd of December, my parents will be celebrating their 60th wedding anniversary.

Would it be wrong to throw them a celebration in honor of their 60th wedding anniversary in May when the entire family is already there and no one is left at the mercy of bad weather and holiday expenses?

Answer:

Hi Sandra,

Thanks for your question!

Congratulations to your parents!! We would love to hear their story - consider giving you parents 60th wedding anniversary greetings through our wedding anniversary greetings form. You can even upload a picture!

Wedding anniversaries are generally celebrated the date that they occur or the closest weekend. Of course this is not a hard and fast rule. In some cases it would not be feasible for everyone to attend a family gathering twice in one year. Also you mentioned your parents wedding anniversary is the 23rd of December - which being holiday season is an expensive and busy time to traveling.

Personally I would have the 60th wedding anniversary party in May. Your parents will be disappointed if there is a second get-together in December and not all members of the family could attend due to travel/time costs.

All the best with your 60th wedding anniversary celebrations!!

Michelle

PS if anyone else has any ideas or thought, don't be shy - feel free to add your own comment below...


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