A celebration was scheduled for a 65th wedding anniversary at a continuing care community in Ohio. All residents and staff were invited for an afternoon cake reception, and the family desired to incorporate some photos of the couple, since many of the guests had not known the couple except for the last five years or so.
The venue was not appropriate for a slide show, as the reception was expected to have a lot of mingling. The family considered a collage of a large number of photos, but it seemed overwhelming. Eventually, the family settled on a poster with nine photos, spanning the eight decades that the couple had been together.
The poster was enjoyed by the attendees and generated a lot of questions about the couple’s years together. After the event, the couple continued to enjoy the poster in their apartment.
A photo book was also prepared for the couple, as a memento of the anniversary celebration. The book included a few photographs from the 1949 wedding as well as many photos taken at the 65th anniversary reception. The couple enjoyed sharing the book with friends and family and reminiscing about the event. Family members also purchased copies of the photo book.
In hindsight, it would have been beneficial to have two posters, one on each side of the room. The posters could have been the same, or they could have incorporated different photos.
~ Youngstown, OH (June 13, 2014)