Invitations for a twenty-fifth wedding anniversary should not only convey the time and place of the celebration, but some of the love and happiness shared by the couple. Traditionally, the twenty-fifth anniversary is considered the “silver” anniversary. Using silver accents or silver printing for the invitations is a classic touch, but replicating the couple’s original wedding invitations is also a romantic idea.
More important than the color scheme of the invitations, is the style. If the celebration is intended to be formal, the invitations should be too. The first line of a formal invitation should indicate who is sponsoring the event; the second contains an invitational phrase, the third states the occasion, followed by the day, time and place. It should look something like this:
The Children of Mr. Robert Jones and Mrs. Ellen Jones
request the honor of your presence
at the twenty-fifth anniversary celebration of their parents
Saturday, May twentieth, two thousand and eleven
Batalli’s Restaurant, Los Angeles, California
Notice that only the first word of the invitation and proper nouns, are capitalized, and there are no periods at the ends of phrases. You can include a small card with the address of and directions to the venue inside the envelope with the RSVP card. For less formal events, the language of the invitation can be more casual, but the format and punctuation rules remain the same. In either case, mail the anniversary invitation 6 to 8 weeks in advance of the event.
Don’t make mention of gifts or charitable donations on the invitation. Guests are never obligated to bring a gift and, excluding those the couple might give each other, gifts at an anniversary celebration are not usual anyway.
Don’t mention the attire. The invitation already sets the tone for the dress code; an elegant, formally worded card inviting someone to dinner at an upscale restaurant indicates they should dress up; a whimsical invitation to a backyard family barbecue lets them know that casual attire is appropriate.
Don’t write “no children” on the invitation or envelope. Only those whose names appear on the invitation envelope are being invited to the party so it isn’t necessary to mention those who aren’t invited.