I think it is so important to value the time you get to spend together as a family, either because you are seeing in a milestone event or just taking the opportunity to gather people who are flung far and wide for one special day. This doesn't necessarily mean throwing a grand affair (although if money was no object I imagine I would do so at the drop of a hat) but rather finding ways to make the time as wonderful as possible and create memories which can last for years to come.
Of course there are some times when there are things worth going all out for; in two years time I am in fact facing a double whammy. In the summer of 2017 I will turn 30 *cough cough* and it will also be our 10 year wedding anniversary. Although these two events are a few months apart we are thinking how great it would be to throw some kind of big bash and invite all those people we have only seen sporadically over the years; some of whom we haven't managed to spend more than a few hours with since we got married.
I have been quite restrained and haven't started pinning anything yet (it is still two years away after all...) but an idea is gradually taking shape in my head and I will admit that I have surreptitiously scouted a few venues whilst we have been out and about. It's edging towards being the sort of wedding I would have if I were getting married now, if that makes sense although it won't be anywhere near on the scale our wedding was (she says...)
Regardless of the size, an event like this won't come cheap and in order to make it happen we need to consider that we probably need to start saving. I love the idea that we will be able to gather friends and family and celebrate something as momentous as 10 years of marriage...and not forgetting the 'other' thing as well. To dance the night away with our nearest and dearest to the delicate flicker of candlelight and already you begin to see how easily I could get carried away especially when James has got to turn 30 first (haha) and we've still got several more birthdays, Christmases, New Years and Easters to see through first. I need to have my priorities in order!
But shhh...maybe just keep your eyes peeled for my next pinterest board.
This post has been written in collaboration with Legal & General. All thoughts and opinions are my own.