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The Anniversary Song Platinum Anniversary

It’s 70 years since the film The Jolson Story was released which makes this year (2016) the Platinum Anniversary of it’s release.

The Anniversary Song by from the Jolson Story

Included in the film was a musical score entitled ‘Anniversary Song’ penned by Al Jolson and Saul Chaplin. The original song  was adapted from Losif (aka Ivano or Jovan) Ivanovici’s Romanian Waltz ‘Waves of the Danube’ first published in 1880 (136 years ago.) An accomplished composer which a few nations like to  claim as their own. The tune is also claimed to be at the root of KPop as a Korean recorded a song based on the tune in 1926.


The film covers Al Jonson’s life and career although some scenes were pure fiction, the film  contains a number of well know Jolson songs along with new material such as the Anniversary Song, well known songs including ‘My Mammy’ and Swannee, Toot Toot Tootsie, Ma Blushin’ Rosie were some of the highlights.
The film was a tremendous financial success for Columbia Pictures, and won three Academy Awards for
  • Best Music,
  • Scoring of a Musical Picture,
  • Best Sound Recording,
and was nominated for seven in total including
  • Best Actor in a Leading Role for Larry Parks,
  • Best Actor in a Supporting Role for William Demarest,
  • Best Cinematography, (Colour)
  • Best Film Editing.
The Anniversary Song music score sheet
The Lyrics are a wonderful tribute for an anniversary.


Oh How we danced on the night we were wed.
We vowed our true love, though a word wasn’t said.
The world was in bloom, there were stars in the skies.
Except for the few that were there in your eyes.
Dear, as I held you so close in my arms, angels were singing a hymn to your charms .
Two Hearts gently beating were murmuring low “My darling I love you so.”
The Night seemed to fade into blossoming dawn.
The sun shone a new but the dance lingered on.
Could we but relive that sweet moment sublime.
We’d find that our love is unaltered by time.
The Lyrics as sung on the film vary from the sheet music however there are a number of variations available from various international Crooners using the actual penned prose.

Who celebrates a Wedding Anniversary?

30th AnniversaryTo mark Travelodge’s 30th anniversary, they’re giving away a free night’s stay in any one of their hotels in Britain to any couple celebrating their Pearl wedding (30th anniversary) in 2015, if anyone is intending to give this as a gift to their spouse don’t expect to be celebrating your 31st anniversary!

Travelodge also carried out research on wedding anniversaries. The research surveyed 3,000 couples about their views on celebrating an anniversary with the following findings:

Are you one of the majority who celebrate (Just)

It seems unbelievable, but according to their survey, just over half (54%) of British couples mark their wedding anniversary in some way.

Pleasingly, 72% of the respondent’s actually remember when their special day is.

Who spends most (and least) on gifts?

When buying gifts, 25% of adults responded that they alone are their partner’s gift and about one in ten (9%) will try and surprise their partner on their anniversary.

The research found that on average £111.11 was spent commemorating their anniversary. From this, £41.14 is spent on a gift and £69.97 on an experience to celebrate the event such as a meal out or going away.

Men tended to spend more, £124.49 as opposed to £99.47 by the women surveyed which is about 25% more.

The amount spent rose in London, where the average lovebird spends £153.00, ahead of Newcastle (£150.84) and Cambridge (£143.04) it’s not really clear if this is purely a reflection of increased costs in these areas or if indeed the spend is a reflection of an increase in their romantic persuasions.

The lowest spenders are in Gloucester (£48.57), Wrexham (£61.17) and Worcester (£61.66).

How do you celebrate anniversaries?

When it comes to celebrating, 41% of adults who mark their anniversary do so by going out for a romantic meal, whilst a fifth (20%) go all-out and whisk their partner away on a romantic UK break.

Pearl is the traditional gift theme for the 30th AnniversaryAs for the gift, just 14% of adults will buy a present that matches the theme on one of the Anniversary Gift Lists to mark a specific anniversary (such as silver to mark a 25th anniversary or pearls to mark the 30th anniversary). Which surprised us as we have lots of people buying (and searching) for gifts that match one of the gift lists.

Shakila Ahmed, Travelodge’s spokeswoman said, ‘To help celebrate our 30th anniversary, we thought it would be fitting to offer couples who are also celebrating their 30th anniversary this year a free night stay in any one of our 504 UK hotels.

For the great romantic getaway, we have hotels right across the UK in city centres, coastal hotspots and romantic locations such as York, Durham, Bath or the Cotswolds. We also have hotels in Grade II-listed buildings right across the UK, in locations such as London, Edinburgh, Brighton, Leeds and Liverpool.’

If you’re celebrating your 30th Wedding anniversary in 2015 see more of their offer at:

Ten cheap anniversary gifts for him

Now to clear this up straight away we mean low to no cost gifts not bawdy gifts that you’ll look back at later and wonder what was I thinking.
We know people who spend thousands on their wedding anniversary gifts however it doesn’t have to cost you an arm and a leg to show that your loved one means the world to you. Here are a few tips for an anniversary gift that will show you care without breaking the bank.

  1. Everyone knows the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach. However avoid the traditional and probably tried heart shaped chocolates; give him heart shaped pizza or heart shaped bacon. Now we are talking.
  2. Make a playlist/mixtape. It’s very old skool but who doesn’t want to feel like a teenager for a while. Pick your favourite songs (you remember your first dance song right?) or songs with some meaning (e.g. The Power of Love or I Will Always Love You) and let all those memories come flooding back. If you’re stuck for some ideas here’s the top 50 love songs of all times:
  3. Give him the gift of quality-time. Turn off your phone, step away from your laptop, stop tweeting your BFF, give the dog a bone and cart the kids off to weird Aunt-Julie; just talk to each other for a change. When was the last time either of you did that?
  4. Make him a trophy or a medal, make it meaningful but don’t expect him to wear it if it has even so much as one heart on it.
  5. Give him the day off. Check when your anniversary falls on this year and pull a sneaky one by booking him a surprise day off from work then spend the day together. An unexpected lie-in is a feeling that can’t be matched.
  6.  Writing love notes isn’t just reserved for teenagers. Write out all the reasons you like his cute …(insert his best bit here) and hide the notes in obvious and less obvious places.
  7. Be less romantic – in all seriousness, don’t be too soppy, take the pressure off him and expect nothing. You’ll be surprised by the results.
  8. Avoid giving him socks. Step away from the socks. This isn’t Christmas. This is sexy-time day. There is nothing sexy about socks. Never, ever.
  9. Alcohol is always an answer and if you want to put a romantic spin on it- track down a bottle of something from your anniversary year. Although remember get ‘romantic’ drunk rather than ‘you-think-I’m-getting-fat’ drunk to ensure a great time.
  10. If none of the above reach the spot then fall back to the classic gift ideas; turn up naked with beer. Rarely (if ever) a wrong choice.


Celebrating 50 years of marriage with Music

CDcard, top music from 1964Many parties are thrown to celebrate a Golden Wedding Anniversary whether they are formal, informal or just slung together we can help with the right music to celebrate 50 years of marriage.

Get our CD gift card for 1964 which has a CD  inside with a multitude of top hits from the year they were married with many love songs that will bring the memories of yester-year flooding back.

The complete playlist is as follows with a brief synopsis as well to help you.

    • 1. Roy Orbison – Oh, Pretty Woman. Reached No. 1 in the official charts on 8th October 1964 spending 15 weeks in the top 40 during the year.

  • 2. Simon & Garfunkel – The Sound Of Silence. Penned originally in 1964 by Simon & Garfunkel this eternal classic is covered by many artists, this is the original author’s version.
  • 3. Elvis Presley – Viva Las Vegas. This could be classed as a bit of an anthem nowadays however it is hard to believe that when first released in 1964 it only made it to number 17 in the UK top 40 and 29 in the Billboard top forty!
  • 4. Tony Bennett – Nobody Else But Me. Originally released on his album When Lights are Low recorded and released in 1964.
  • 5. Doris Day – Move Over Darling. From the film with the same name which was release in the UK on 24th February 1964. This reached No. 8 in the top forty on 30th April 1964, spending 14 weeks in the charts.
  • 6. Duane Eddy – Rebel Rouser. This is a classic tune popular now as a line dance tune.
  • 7. Pete Seeger – The Bells Of Rhymney. Recorded live in 1964 an absolute classic folk tune.
  • 8. Bobby Vinton – When I Fall In Love. A re-recording of the classic Nat ‘king’ Cole hit from 1957, it sums up the genre of love songs from the time.
  • 9. Jim Reeves – I Love You Because. This song reached No. 5 in the official charts on 2nd April 1964 spending 37 weeks in the top 40 in total this year, although a beautiful song it is also marked with sadness as Jim Reeves sadly died this year (31st July 1964) in a plane crash.
  • 10. Aretha Franklin – But Beautiful. It’s Aretha in great form, as ever,with a wonderful soulful love song.
  • 11. Mongo Santamaria – El Pussycat. With riffs from Sesame Street, Who’s the mad cat lady now then eh!
  • 12. Vic Damone – The Second Time Around. Howmanytimes do you fall in love with your partner in 50 years, more than twice I bet.
  • 13. Percy Faith – Blue On Blue. Lovely Orchestral piece ideal for a bit of ballroom dancing.
  • 14. Maureen Evans – I Love How You Love Me. A great love song this hit the top forty on 27th February 1964 spending 11 weeks on the charts.
  • 15. Roy Orbison – Pretty Paper. Entering the charts on 19th November 1964 this reached number six spending a total of 11 weeks in the top forty.
  • 16. Major Lance – Um Um Um Um Um Um. This reached number five on 26th November 1964 spending a total of 13 weeks in the top forty.
  • 17. Henry Mancini – How Soon. This reached number ten on 22nd October 1964 spending a total of 12 weeks in the top forty.
  • 18. Andy Williams – A Fool Never Learns. A lovely song however this only reached number forty on 20th February 1964 spending 4 weeks in that position.Track list of the 1964 CD incorperated within the card
  • 19. Dave Brubeck – Upstage Rumba. Get your dancing shows on missus it’s time for a rumba.
  • 20. Lorne Greene – Ringo. Entering the charts on 17th December 1964 this reached number twenty-two spending a total of 8 weeks in the top forty.

You could complement this with the number one for the week they got married (check what song here or if you want a longer playlist then how about a montage of number ones from their anniversary for every year since they wed.

Anniversary Gifts for her

Anniversary Gifts for Her

a well wrapped present

Anniversary gifts symbolise many things. On your upcoming anniversary, she would love to receive the gift that also means you’re looking forward to the coming years of being by her side.

If you’re struggling for some ideas, we’ve some gift ideas according to the varying personality traits they may have. No one can pigeon-hole your spouse, hopefully, however they’ll inspire you to give her the perfect present she’ll surely adore and love you all the more for.

Always Glamorous

If she spends ages getting ready and it shows then you’re on a safe bet with the latest make-up or fashions. A quick look in her make-up bag could give you an idea of what she may treasure, is there any product heavily used or even looks like it’s used totally, this is likely to be the prized item in her arsenal replenishing this could be the ideal gift.

Jewellery is always a great option for a glamorous lady, check their wardrobe for the colours they prefer and select the jewellery to either match or contrast these, this way she’ll be able to enhance her outfits with matching accessories. If their favourite colours match with the anniversary gemstone or birthstone then all the better.

Itchy Feet Traveller

Possibly the best anniversary gift you can give someone who loves to travel is a second honeymoon (or 3rd or 4th!) There are many romantic destinations now available that even a few years ago were not feasible through either limited transport or cost.

If you are ready to take her on a dream holiday, you could get a book that mentions the place to where you’re going. Write a note on the first page of the book and slip the tickets or confirmation of your upcoming travel. If you’re still saving for your ideal trip and the confirmation is just the start then this can be a great way for you to tell her that you’re planning the travel. This will enable her to be more involved in the arrangements; it’s often the striving to achieve a goal that makes the whole holiday so much more enjoyable!


Classy and cultured rather than complex and demanding is our definition of these type of women.

Experiences rather than physical goods are more likely to please her the most, to be honest a well-chosen experience gift is always better received than any physical gift. Being sophisticated you’ll have a great choice of experiences to choose; from a night at the theatre to a weekend retreat to recharge the batteries; the choices are endless!

A lovely trick here is to match the experience to the anniversary theme, traditional or the modern list, it does not normally matter as long as the link is there, check out our pages relevant to the anniversary year to see some suggestions.

If you want something physical, and who doesn’t 😉 then we’d suggest a pamper gift set or similar, you know the type, full of scented soaps, bath boms, ex-foliating scrub, body lotion and the like. Look for the ones with aromatherapy candles and edible treats so she can snack whilst pampering.

Sentimental Signora 

If the women you love is a sentimental  type then you can often struggle for an appropriate gift as they are often hard to buy gifts for. In truth the answer is very simple, the gift of your time will be the best gift you can give, be it taking a day off just to be together or going out for a candle-lit meal  these are the type of gifts they’ll love you for.

If you want to give her a keepsake then a great idea is a message in a bottle where you write your own message,  you could use it to re-affirm your marriage vows or just let the poet in you run rife and fill it with prose expressing your love for her.

Gourmet Foodie

If she’s a connoisseur of great food you’ll probably be used to eating out in fine restaurants, if you don’t then there’s the answer! If you do, you’ll need to go just that bit further to make a truly memorable anniversary. How about a luxury picnic somewhere secluded or a High Tea at somewhere such as The Ritz or other high class hotel, spending an afternoon indulging in a gastronomic menu will surely make her delighted.

Always make it Special

Whatever you choose to do to celebrate you anniversary make an effort to make it special, after all these celebrations could become life’s most treasured memories. The added benefit to this of course is you also get to have the enjoyment as well!!

If you’re apart on you actual anniversary set a date when you know you’ll be together and celebrate then.

So, if you’re thinking, €œMaybe I should,€ Please do! You simply can’t lose. I invite you to view our full list of ideas here, or if you have an idea that you think other people will enjoy let us know we’re on Facebook, Google or Twitter and we’d love to hear from you.”

Silver Wedding – Top UK Holiday Destinations

Silver Wedding Anniversary Holiday Ideas

Planning to take a break in the UK for your Silver Wedding, then read on for some suggestions of some great locations to go all with a link to Silver in some manner be it where it was mined, worked or presented.

With a rich history of Silver mining in the UK and given the value silver receives there are many great locations you can choose all with a strong connection to this enduring metal.

Top Silver related Coastal resorts in the UK

  • Blackpool to stay at the Silversands Hotel.
  • St Ives,  Hurling the Silver Ball
  • Newquay, probably wins the most aptly named hotel to stay at for your Silver Wedding, the Silver Jubilee Hotel!
  • Combe Martin, On the North Devon Coast, this has a long history of Silver mining
  • Aberystwyth, West Wales, Llywernog and Cwmsymlog historic Silver mines

Top Silver Cities

Visit one of the Assay cities, these have the offices where Silver is tested for it’s purity and if found to be good enough has the assay hallmark added to the item. A few of these offer tours of their facilities whilst the historical offices either have dedicated a museum or section within the main city museum.

Current Assay Offices are:

  • Birmingham
  • Edinburgh
  • London
  • Sheffield
  • Dublin

Historically a number of other offices have existed there were:

  • Chester (closed 1961)
  • Newcastle (closed 1884)
  • Exeter (closed 1883)
  • York (closed 1857)
  • Glasgow (closed 1964)
  • Norwich (closed 1702)

Silver in Scotland

  • Silver Glenn, Alva, Clackmannanshire, Scotland
  • Silversands Bay, Fife
  • Silver Sands of Morar, Walkhighlands

Silver Cruises (Leaving and returning from UK) who else!

Silver Experiences

Many of the top gift experience companies now offer a Silver experience package which offers a range of experiences to be redeemed, if you’re looking for a gift for a speed freak then remember Silverstone is probably the most ideal track.

We’re going to add some more Silver Wedding holiday ideas here as we discover them some please bookmark the page and check back occasionally or subscribe to our feed.

Information Sources


1st Anniversary Gifts

Paper gifts are the traditional theme for 1st anniversary gifts and our best sellers show that the theme is a popular choice.

We offer a range of paper based gifts and below we’ve listed some of our favourites.

Wedding Anniversary Newspaper Gift Set

Wedding Anniversary Newspaper SetA unique gift idea for the anniversary couple, contains three original newspapers from the wedding day and both of the couple’s birth dates.

Presented in a beautiful hand-finished padded leatherette presentation case. The folder preserves and protects the authentic newspapers for generations to come. The cover is gold embossed, with the words ‘A Day To Remember’ a great gift idea and comes with an authentication certificate which you can also add your own personal message to. More details

Personalised Champagne and Newspaper Gift Set

Continuing the theme of original newpapers if you’re looking for a gift to give your spousePersonalised Champagne and Newspaper Gift Set then this alternative to the above has regularily mentioned as being well recieved.

A bottle of Champagne personalised with a message of your choice to the recipient and an original newspaper from the date you require.

The newspaper’s are complete originals and were printed for that day originally. The newspaper comes with a certificate of authenticity.
The Champagne is personalised with a unique anniversary label message of your choice and is ideal as a gift for a wedding anniversary.
The Newspaper and Champagne are supplied in a satin lined presentation gift box.  More Info
There are wide variations in what National Newspapers are available on any given day in the past, given the 1st Anniversary is only a year previous we would normally supply The Times although we can offer  also Daily Mirror, Daily Mail, The Telegraph etc. pretty much any national UK newspaper (also Scottish Dailies) If you would like an alternative to the Times then please let us know with a note at checkout and we’ll endeavour to supply the edition requested.Please note, should any of the days you require be a Sunday there is a £20 surcharge due to their additional costs and scarcity, also some special days where major world events cause scarcity of the original papers there is a surcharge required if indeed they are available.
Should either of these occur we will contact you to arrange payment or cancel the order. Alternatively you could order a Daily Mirror Anniversary Book which is a failthful reproduction of the 3 days newspapers you select in a book form.

 Personalised Couple Caricature

Church door personalised wedding caricatureAnother popular alternative to originally newspapers yet retaiing a unique theme is a personalised caricature, we offer a numther of alternatives some with a set background and the couples faces through to a complete bespoke caricature where the background and clothing can be defined how you want, all for under £100 which I think you’ll agree is excellent valuse for money!

We’ve a wide range with pre-selected backgrounds that cover traditional weddings in churches, temples and mosques plus fun ones like James Bond or Party themes. Check our complete range here

If you the full bespoke caricature then please fill in your requirements here

We’ve many gifts available for the 1st anniversary, check out our full range of gifts.We also maintain a list of our top sellers on Pinterest here: Top 5 1st Anniversary Gifts


Technical Anniversaries

We’re often asked what is the name or symbol of an anniversary of an event which do tend to vary depending upon the actual event e.g. if we were asked what is the 50th Anniversary we would say ‘Golden’ this is because we specialise in Wedding Anniversaries and 50 years is a Golden Wedding.

If you want a full list of Wedding Anniversaries then try our Wedding Anniversary Traditional List as a starting point.

This however is not always the case as often the events also have other names which this post should hopefully clarify! The technical terms are more often than not derived from the Latin terms for the period.

Anniversary Technical Term to use Other Terms Used
Every Month Monthly Technically these are not anniversaries as less than a year has passed
Every 3 months Quarterly
Twice Yearly (every 6 months) Bi-annual
1 year Annual
2 years Biennial
3 years Triennial
4 years Quadrennial
5 years Quinquennial
6 years Sexennial
7 years Septennial
8 years Octennial
9 years Novennial
10 years Decennial
11 years Undecennial
12 years Duodecennial
13 years Tredecennial
14 years Quattuordecennial
15 years Quindecennial
20 years Vigintennial
25 years Silver Jubilee*
50 years Quinquagenary Golden Jubilee*
60 years Sexagennial Diamond Jubilee*
70 years Septuagennial
75 years Dequascentennial Diamond Jubilee Latin contraction of
de-quadrans which means “a whole unit less a
quarter” (de means
“from”; quadrans
means “quarter”. 75 years is a quarter century less than a whole century
or 75 = (-25 + 100)
100 years Centenary
150 years Sesquicentennial Term broken
down as sesqui- (one and a half) centennial (100 years)
175 years Dequasbicentennial Dodrabicentennial Alternative
Latin form
200 years Bicentennial
250 years Sestercentennial To express 2½
in Latin it would be expressed as “half-three”. The term relates to
being halfway [from the second] to the third integer. In Latin this is
“Sestertius” which is a contraction of semis
(halfway) tertius
(third) – hence Sestercentennial.
300 years Tercentennial Tricentennial
400 years Quadricentennial Quatercentenary
500 years Quincentennial
600 years Sexcentennial
700 years Septcentennial
800 years Octocentennial
900 years Nonacentennial
1000 years Millennial
2000 years Bimillennial

*A ‘Jubilee’ in the western world is a term derived from the Bible and although historically had a different meaning it is used in this context to define a period of years indicated by the preceding word e.g. Silver Jubilee = 25 years, Golden Jubilee = 50 years and Diamond Jubilee = 60 years

Further Info:

Anniversary Names – Wikipedia

Latin to English – Enter the time period to find a translation in Latin

History of Wedding Anniversaries

Anniversaries have been celebrated effectively since the year after the wedding ceremony was invented and  references can be found in records stretching back centuries.

Nicholas Nickleby by Charles Dickens cites a celebration for an 8th wedding Anniversary in Chapter 14 (June 1838) highlighting the fact that not only were the major jubliees celebrated but also the other years.

exerpt from TheMorningChronicle Issue 17572 published 1825The earliest reference in printed form we have found to a Wedding Anniversary  having a symbol associated with it is from The Morning Chronicle Issue No 17572 published in 1825 this refers to Karl August the Grand Duke of the Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach region and his wife Louise of Hesse-Darmstadt who had married on 3rd October 1775 and celebrated 50 years of marriage in 1825.

The earliest reference to the Silver Wedding we have found is in The Era first published on Sunday 29th December 1839.

exerpt from The Era Sunday 29-12-1839

Our favourite reference is from The Belfast Newsletters Issue No.11797 originally printed 27th October 1852;  and recounts the writer finding a Golden Wedding celebration ongoing whislt he walked the streets of a Extract from The Belfast Newsletters 27th October 1852; Issue No.11797 detailing a golden wedding celebrationGerman town.


When is a Wedding Anniversary not an Anniversary?

The earliest known references to celebrations for wedding anniversaries which have symbols associated within them we have found to date are to the Silver Wedding (25 years of marriage) and Golden Wedding (50th Wedding Anniversary).

Originating in the middle of Europe (Germany/Austrian Region) they involved the husband giving his wife a silver garland when they had been married for 25 years and a Gold garland when they had been married for 50 years.

One of the noteworthy things from the above is that the celebrations were termed the Silver Wedding and Golden Wedding with no reference to anniversary hence when celebrating any wedding anniversary that has a symbol associated with, it is appropriate to just call it by the material then wedding e.g. Silver Wedding for the 25th or Paper Wedding for the 1st Anniversary.

Thus, when people refer to the Golden Wedding Anniversary they are technically talking about a subsequent year after the event e.g. the anniversary of the Golden Wedding!