If you're planning an anniversary party, you've come to the right place! Below you'll find six free wedding anniversary party invitation templates, plus a wealth of party ideas and a list of anniversary symbols that will tell you which gift goes with which anniversary year.
I started out just creating templates, but I realized that people who are throwing anniversary parties could probably also use some party ideas. So I found some free videos that will help. If you need to know how to pick champagne, or ice a cake and make marzipan flowers to decorate it, you're covered. There's also information on how to make two floral centerpiece arrangements that are beautiful but very easy to make. Additionally, I've included a list of links to party appetizer recipes, because in my experience the appetizers you serve at your party can leave a lasting impression.
I hope you find these free designs and party ideas helpful. And if you're here because your anniversary is coming up, congratulations!
You'll find the following on this page:
- Free anniversary invitation templates you can download and print
- Video tutorials that teach how to ice a cake perfectly, make marzipan roses, choose champagne to fit your budget and make two different types of floral centerpieces
- Links to appetizer recipes
- List of anniversary symbols for specific anniversary years
- Links to more free images
Anniversary Invites from Amazon
1. Download the design you prefer
Click on a thumbnail of any of the vertical or horizontal images in the right column and a larger size will appear. When you see the larger version, double-click it and an even larger version will appear. If you have a Mac, control-click on that image until you see an option to save it to your hard drive. If you use a PC, right-click on the image with your mouse to save it to your hard drive.
2. Paste the template into software
These invitations are sized to fit standard "A4" or "A7" envelopes. To make sure they fit, the printed versions should be 3 1/2"x 4 7/8" (A4) or 5" x 7" (A7). If you'll be distributing them by hand, though, you can create them any size you want.
If you own InDesign, Microsoft Publisher, Quark or another publishing program, you probably know how to prepare artwork for printing. If you don't have a publishing program, MS Word (or an equivalent word processing program like OpenOffice) can be used instead. The instructions below will explain how to put one template image onto a page in MS Word. You can also put more than one on a page through the use of a table or text boxes. If you don't know how to use one or both of those methods, you can learn about them from MS Word's help menu or finding a tutorial through an Internet search for the terms "Word tables tutorial" or "Word text box tutorial".
To begin, locate the invitation that you downloaded in step 1 and insert it into a new document using the picture insertion menu. In Word 2007, you would select the Insert tab and then click the Picture icon. (Consult Word's help menu if you have a different version of Word.) When you click on the Picture icon, a pull-down menu will appear that will allow you to find the template on your computer and them insert it into the document.
Once the template is inserted into your document, click on the image to make it editable. You can then size it by dragging one of the corners with your mouse until the image measures one of the standard 5" x 7" or 3 1/2"x 4 7/8" sizes, or whatever size you want. (Be sure to drag the image from a corner, not the side, or the image will distort. If you make this mistake, just delete the image and insert the image again. This will save you a lot of time, because once it's distorted, it's very difficult to get it to look right.)
It can be challenging to measure the template on a computer screen, so it's a good idea to get close to the right size and then print a draft copy. You can then measure that printed copy with a ruler to check the size. If you don't get it right on the first try, keep printing and making adjustments until the template is the perfect size.You may want to do this in black-and-white and draft mode on regular bond paper to save your color ink and cardstock.
3. Print onto card stock
Once you're satisfied with the size, print the invitations on the heaviest card stock your printer will take. Check the manufacturer's Web site or read the printer manual to find out the maximum weight allowed for your printer.
A paper cutter will give you the best results. If you don't have one, you can take the printed invitations to a copy center or an instant print shop to be cut. If you cut them yourself, be sure to look at the measurements on the paper cutter carefully before cutting. Be prepared to print additional copies to make up for any cutting mistakes.
Best of luck, and I hope your anniversary party is wonderful!
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Anniversary Party Resource Center
You'll find the following anniversary party resources below:
- Video tutorials that teach how to ice a cake perfectly and make marzipan roses
- Video tutorial that advises how to choose champagne to fit your budget
- Video tutorials that demonstrate how to make two kinds of floral centerpieces
- Links to an extensive number of appetizer recipes that will make your anniversary party special
- List of anniversary symbols and suggested gifts for specific anniversary years
Learn to Make Your Own Floral Centerpieces
Appetizers Recipes That Will Impress Your Guests
Spinach artichoke dip in a cabbage or bread bowl (my own recipe!)
Appetizers from the expert chefs at the Food Network
Appetizers from AllRecipes.com
Appetizers from Cooks.com
Party appetizers from GreatPartyRecipes.com
How to Choose Champagne for Any Budget
Elegant Disposable Champagne Glasses
Anniversary Cake Resources
Learn to Ice a Cake and Make Marzipan Roses
Cake Stands from Amazon
Wedding Anniversary Symbols
You probably already know that a 25th anniversary is known as a silver anniversary and a 50th is known as gold, but did you know that the 10th anniversary is known as tin or aluminum? At least it used to be. The 10-year-milestone has come up a bit in the world and is now known as the diamond jewelry anniversary. (Not to be cynical, but what do you want to bet that some international jewelry council came up with that?)
Similarly, most anniversary symbols have been updated for more modern tastes. Here is a list of what they used to be and what they are now:
|Anniversary Year||Traditional Meaning||Modern Meaning|
Crystal or Glass
Sugar and/or Candy
Wool and/or Copper
Bronze and/or Pottery
Linens and/or Laces
Pottery or Willow
Tin and/or Aluminum
Silk and/or Linen
Pearls and/or Colored Gems
Textiles and/or Furs
Diamond and/or Pearl
There are also symbols for the 85th, 90th, 95th and 100th anniversaries, but I doubt too many people make it that far!
Anniversary Party Poll
You're welcome to use these free wedding anniversary party invitations to make invitations for yourself, or your family or friends. But you may not sell these invitation templates in any form, either digital or printed; group them into a collection and give them away for free; or incorporate them into for-sale products without permission. If you would like your site or blog visitors to see the free invitations, please post just one (or use a screenshot to post more than one) and provide a link to this page. Please don't post an image without a link. Also, please don't paste any of the text from this page onto your site or blog. Thanks!
These anniversary invitation templates were created in the free Web graphics program offered at Picnik.com. The overall invitation designs are copyrighted by PrintablePartyKits.com, but the individual illustrations used within the invitations are subject to the Picnik terms of service, viewable from a link at the bottom of the Picnik site.
If you have any questions, please contact Carla at Carla [@] B2BContentSolutions [.com].
Champagne and flowers clip art and anniversary cake clip art by WordPlay
Cake image by Benjamin Earwicker
© 2010 Carla Chadwick
Boots on January 21, 2013:
You have wonderful ideas. Thank you so much for sharing.
Maria Castro on May 12, 2011:
These are so cute, thanks a lot!!
Ethel Smith from Kingston-Upon-Hull on May 08, 2010:
More great ideas. The reminder about which year means what gift is very useful