Throwing a big wedding anniversary party is hard enough. But making it a surprise party? That’s a special kind of challenge – one that can produce some truly memorable results.
So, kudos to you if you’re organizing a surprise party for parents or friends who are approaching a marital milestone. As you probably already figured out, making sure the party stays a secret is your primary imperative. That can be tough when you’re inviting dozens of the couple’s friends – after all, no secret stays safe for long when a large group knows about it.
A carefully worded invitation is one key to keeping the event on the down low. This article will give you some general ideas and specific examples to help you come up with the perfect surprise anniversary party invitation wording.
Surprise Anniversary Party Invite Tips
Checking out some invitation examples is the best way to come up with your own wording. However, there are a couple of broader points to keep in mind when crafting invitations for a surprise wedding anniversary party:
1. Make the “surprise” part as clear as possible. Either through the wording or the invitation’s design – or both – you should place particular emphasis the secret nature of the party. Even if people understand that it’s a surprise party when they first see the invitation, they might forget by the time they bump into one of the guests of honor a few days later. Highlighting the words “surprise” or “shhh” makes it more likely to stick in people’s heads.
2. Send a followup message. When people RSVP, collect their email addresses so you can send a quick, informal message closer to the time of the party. This followup message can serve as a reminder that the party is a surprise (see above), and give people additional information and instructions. This will lessen the chances of someone tipping off the guests of honor.
Here are some samples of surprise anniversary party wording that you can use as templates for your own invitations, or just for brainstorming purposes. These are generic examples only – don’t forget to add in any other information that might be important to your guests.
You’re Invited to a Surprise Party
Join Us As We Celebrate the 25th Wedding Anniversary Of
Kim and Tom Walker
Please Join Us For Dinner and Drinks
Saturday, August 22
6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
The Event Room at The Upscale Restaurant
1234 Downlow Road
Vineyard Hills, Vermont
R.S.V.P. to Dawn Walker (email@example.com) by Aug. 10
10th Wedding Anniversary Surprise Party
In Honor Of
Betsy Olson and Jill Ryan
Saturday, November 5 at 7 PM
The Hungry Hungarian
1234 Twisty Lane, Beltonville
RSVP to Jeremy (firstname.lastname@example.org) by Oct. 20
Remember: It’s a SURPRISE party, so keep it a secret!
Will and Amy Have Been Married 30 Years!
Let’s Help Them Celebrate With A
Surprise Anniversary Party
We Hope So, Because You’re Invited To A
Surprise 50th Anniversary Party
Sarah and Andy Wentworth
We’re Throwing A
Surprise 40th Anniversary Party
In Honor Of
Loretta and Bill Williams
You’re Invited To A
Surprise 30th Anniversary Party For
Tonya and Matt Greiten
Leaking this information to Tonya or Matt is STRICTLY FORBIDDEN