Paper First Wedding Anniversary Gift Ideas

Reaching a one year milestone is always a very momentous and moving moment, whether personal or professional, and none more so than the first wedding anniversary! Almost all cultures associate a symbol with this landmark, like soft cotton, clocks, mother of pearl, carnations, and paper. Of course, the latter is the most exciting one for me! I love the idea of the first year being akin to a blank sheet, with so many chapters yet to be written.

I’ve put together some paper-inspired gift ideas to celebrate a first wedding anniversary, and I hope you enjoy them!

Cards

Of course, my top pick is to surprise the recipient with a really special card! Why not ask a stationer to create a completely personal design for your partner, or even a pack of ‘reasons why I love you’ or date night cards?

A small message in a bottle is a cute way to tell your loved one how much they mean to you. You can also have a fun certificate designed, or mini cards to send your other half on a personalised treasure hunt. Bespoke wine collars are another great option, which you can then gift alongside your favourite wine or champagne.

Message in a Bottle

Journals and Notebooks

Many companies now offer beautiful personalised leather journals, which make a stylish and useful first wedding anniversary gift. They are perfect for someone full of creative ideas, someone who enjoys sketching, or a busy bee with lots of to do lists!

Photo Albums

Albums and collages are a lovely way of collating photos and souvenirs from the past year and turning them into a special gift. For newly married couples, the one year anniversary is often a fun time to look back on wedding photos and select favourites to create an album to share with friends and family. You can personalise these with your names and wedding date for something bespoke.

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Claire Pettibone for Bella Belle Bridal Shoes

Two of my bridal loves are bridal shoes and Claire Pettibone wedding dresses (I’m a self-confessed shoeaholic!). So, I was excited to hear that Claire Pettibone has collaborated with occasion footwear brand Bella Belle to create this limited edition capsule bridal shoe collection.

Consisting of four bridal shoe styles, the collection fuses Claire Pettibone’s whimsical aesthetic into Bella Belle’s signature romantic designs.

Claire Pettibone for Bella Belle Bridal Shoes Collection

Ethereal Styles

Bella Belle delivers fresh and feminine bridal shoes for romance and beauty seekers. This new collection incorporates the Claire Pettibone vintage style and bohemian touch which has made her a household name across the globe.

Handcrafted from silks and fine materials, the ethereal styles feature embroideries, French lace motifs and Guipure appliqué, and are available in pretty soft pastel colours.

Claire Pettibone and Bella Belle shoes told us about their collaboration…

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Customised Wedding Trainers from Wedding Converse

What do you get when you cross wedding personalisation with a less-than-traditional approach to wedding attire? The answer: Wedding Converse. The trend for re-writing the wedding rule book and doing things your own way is as hot as it’s ever been. It’s therefore no wonder Wedding Converse is the shoe designer everyone’s talking about. What’s not to love about a couple in matching customised wedding trainers?

According to Sarah Mahoune, who founded Wedding Converse four years ago, more brides than ever are choosing to rock up the aisle wearing flats, not least because simply being comfortable is a big part of enjoying the day (and the late-night dancing). The trend really hit the headlines in 2017 when Serena Williams wore a pair of personalised wedding trainers with her dress.

Bride and Groom Custom Heel Tag on Converse Wedding Trainers

Bride Classic Ox Converse Personalised Wedding Trainers

Glitter Wifey Converse

I do Groom Black Classic Ox Converse Wedding Trainers

Truly Individual

Sarah explained that the shoes are also being used to surprise a partner or the wedding guests. A pair of personalised Converse can feature your new name, a private joke or a silly slogan… Instagram moment and guaranteed ‘ahhs’ all-round!

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“Will You Be My…” Confetti Pops

You can’t contain your excitement – you have recently got engaged and have already shared the big news with your loved ones. Now it’s time to ask those closest to you to be part of your bridal squad. To help you pop the question in style, biodegradable confetti company Shropshire Petals has branched out and launched their brand new “Will you be my…” Confetti Pops. There is a pop available for you to ask your maid of honour, bridesmaids, flower girls and pageboy to be a part of Team Bride!

Will You Be My Bridesmaid Confetti Pop from Shropshire Petals

These gorgeous “Will you be my…” Confetti Pops make a perfect gift to pop inside a surprise package full of exciting treats your loved one adores. For your maid of honour and bridesmaids you could add their favourite soap, lip balm or sweets together with their “Will you be my…” Confetti Pop. For your flower girls and pageboy, why not include an item they could wear on the big day, like a little bracelet or bow tie? What better way to make the moment feel extra special!

Will You Be My Pageboy Confetti Pop from Shropshire Petals

Once you have your official bridal squad, get them to put their pop to the test. Simply remove the lid, hold the confetti pop up high and flick out the slow falling natural petal confetti inside. The pops make a great keepsake they can re-use over and over again.

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New Confetti Cannons from Shropshire Petals

Confetti Cannons are fast becoming the new confetti craze, especially when filled with natural petal confetti. Earlier this year, Shropshire Petals launched their fantastic, fun Confetti Cannons. Holding the same amount of confetti as it would take for 10 guests to throw, customers loved them so much they suggested a smaller version should be available too.

So, Shropshire Petals has just launched a Medium Confetti Cannon. Filled with 0.3 litres of confetti, around 3-5 handfuls, they’re perfect for getting more of your guests to fire during your confetti moment.

Medium Confetti Cannon from Shropshire Petals

How to Use

Each Confetti Cannon is filled with your choice of natural petal confetti. Choose from one of the recommended mixes or create your own unique confetti combination by using the Pick & Mix selector online.

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