Today I am off to play with the delightful Hessle Ceilidh Band at a Ruby Wedding anniversary – I am reliably informed there will be cake! Its not often that I get to quote Debretts but here is the complete list of wedding anniversaries and some notes on the origins of the tradition – personally I think a ceilidh or barn dance is the best way to celebrate a wedding anniversary –
The historic origins of wedding anniversaries date back to the Medieval German empire, when husbands crowned their wives with silver and gold wreaths, marking 25 and 50 years of marriage respectively.
Other anniversaries have evolved from more commercial origins during the 20th century. Nevertheless, the anniversaries listed below are a useful guide, and may help with the selection of appropriate gifts:
Here we have a rather lovely set of images from a very special silver wedding celebration in Kirkella. The photos were taken by award winning photographer Rich Dufy-Howard they give an insight into the fun, excitement and energy a Hessle Ceilidh Band performance generates – at the bottom of the post you can read the thank you letter we received after the gig. You can see more of Rich’s work at richarddh.com
Dear All in the Hessle Ceilidh Band, Thank you so much for the excellent entertainment you provided for our Silver Wedding celebration. Everyone had such an enjoyable evening. We were very impressed by your musical ability and the calling for the dances was very clear. The dances were a good mix suitable for young and older guests, from being swung round in a basket to a more sedate pat-a-cake polka! Many of our guests commented on how much fun the evening was and I would thoroughly recommend you to anyone who wants a lively and entertaining party. Best wishes, Suzanne To book the Hessle Ceilidh Band email email@example.com or ring Quentin on 07877434739.
Just a quick message to say many thanks to you all for Saturday night. We have had lots of messages today from our guests to say how much they enjoyed the evening. Everyone is exhausted and taking today to recover!!!
We had a lovely time and the music certainly helped our guests to talk and catch up as well as dance.
Please pass on my thanks to all the members of the band for a very enjoyable and successful evening.