The Paper Anniversary

I have been married for 3 years now, and I can confidently tell you that despite having my tv constantly tuned to some sporting match or another, it’s been mostly great. My husband and I did not live together before we were married, so when we made it through that first year we deserved a trophy… or maybe a nice blank piece of copy paper?

The first anniversary is the paper anniversary, why can’t it be diamonds or silver you may ask? I mean, it is such a pivotal year in a marriage, why is this milestone marked with a simple, everyday piece of paper? It is a decades old tradition that symbolizes the blank page, a fresh start, and the beginning of writing your story together. It’s actually quite beautiful if you think about it… 

So, you might be asking yourself, is there something he can give you other than a magnetic grocery list for the fridge? Of course there is, and we’re here to help! If your husband is anything like mine, he will require many not-so subtle hints for gift ideas on that first anniversary… so get out that magnetic notepad and start taking notes on our gift ideas for celebrating that special first year of marriage.

1. The Anniversary Portrait

Your first year of marriage is an interesting one. It is the year you get used to the way your partner hogs the remote or steals your covers, but it is also (for many) one of the few quiet years with just you and your spouse. Being one that had a baby before my second anniversary, trust me when I say that you want to document these quiet years. So, celebrate your marriage while you can. Celebrate each other this year. Celebrate the alone time you have right now, because you only have it once! :) 

Get it for your anniversary:

This Portrait Illustration Print can capture your first anniversary and serve as one of your first family photos! Pick your favorite outfits, include pets, and hang it on your wall for your second year of marriage. The best part -- if you got your wedding guestbook from Miss Design Berry, you can get this portrait created at a hefty discount! 

Why We Love it: Simple, memorable, sentimental

2. Your Home Illustration

Another milestone in your first few years of marriage is your first home together. Whether you rent, own, or squat, your first home should be documented! We can draw townhomes, houses, condos, and even your van for those namads at heart. Personalize it with your family name or your address, and keep it forever to remind you of your start as a family. 

Get it for your anniversary:

This custom house portrait features a custom illustration of your home, based on photos, and even includes details like landscaping! We’ll even include that patch of dead grass that appeared after your husband got a little carried away with the weed sprayer!

Why We Love it: Personal, custom, detailed

3. Couple Marquee Print

Personally, this is one of my favorite designs, I love the marque look! Celebrate your first year of marriage with your names in lights. To make it even more personalized, you get to choose the city for the skyline in the background, and can choose to customize the colors of the print however you like! Plus, what better way to remember your anniversary… there’s at least one of you that needs to be reminded… right?

Get it for your anniversary:

This Marquee Print will look good on any wall in your home. Be sure to customize it with your own colors to match your decor, and this will be a forever keepsake for you and your partner. Just hang it somewhere prominent to make sure they remember that date always!

Why We Love it: Customizable, Modern, Simple

4. Honeymoon Portrait

We all love the honeymoon phase. I mean, who wouldn’t love the sun and the swimming and the… I can’t think of anything else ;). As you approach your first anniversary, let’s remember that special time together with a honeymoon portrait. Who wouldn’t want to remember their time abroad!? I know I do!

Get it for your anniversary:

Our Honeymoon Couple Portrait is a stunning piece of art that captures your wedding day and your honeymoon in one illustration. This amazing custom design features a wedding portrait of the couple with the destination, hotel, or location of your choosing in the background.

Why We Love it: Stunning, Sentimental, memorable

Marriage is hard and we all know it. It is becoming less and less common to make it 10, 20, or 30 years so let’s celebrate every milestone! Whether you are in your first year of marriage or your thirty-first, let’s make this next anniversary one made of paper!



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