Wedding Gifts I Still Use 30 Years Later ~ I went on a treasure hunt throughout the house to see what timeless wedding gifts I still own and use today!
Today is my wedding anniversary! We were married on the 8th day of the 8th month in 1981. On that day I married my best friend and after all of these years he is still that as well as my loving husband and caring father of our now two grown daughters. That was 34 years ago to be exact.
Yes… that is my husband and I on our wedding day. I love how the wedding fashions and styles change throughout the decades. Clearly we were married in the 80’s.
I am not a marriage expert at all. I just happened to pick a really amazing person to marry that we have been successfully married for so long. But what else has made this marriage work? I tend to use metaphors to help me explain and help my understanding. For example I see going into a marriage like buying a new house. The house has to be built on a solid foundation or it will eventually erode and collapse. In order for it to stay standing it has to be treated with care and respect. If some parts of the house start to deteriorate or become stressed time and energy has to be invested in the house in order for it to be built up again and maintain its strength and integrity.
Similarly, marriage needs to be built on a solid foundation. My husband and I started our relationship as best friends and we still remain the best of friends. Just as we need to take care of our homes with care and respect to maintain its quality and equity, so do we in a marriage. I married one of the most caring and respectful individuals that I know. How he treats me on a daily basis has made me a better person. Lastly, just like in a house things can break down. So it does take some hard work to keep the marriage strong. The hard work includes a lot of conversations, support, patience, give and take and a sense of humour sprinkled in where we can laugh at ourselves during difficult times really helps. With all of these elements in place a house becomes a home and a marriage becomes a long-term relationship.
I like celebrating wedding anniversaries. But for me it does not have to be a day filled with romance. It can be celebrated just by going for a long walk or bike ride together and a barbecue with the family. I do like anniversaries for a time to reflect and look back at where we started to where we are today. I shared a fun idea in How To Create A Valentine Tablescape that you may want to check out for an idea showing how to create conversation starters for a dinner conversation with your partner that is just as much fun to do on an anniversary!
I also seem to have weddings on my mind right now. I shared a post recently of really unique Hand Stamped Silver Forks Wedding Gift my daughter gave to her best friend who got married in December. This got me thinking about what wedding gifts I received and which ones I still had and used. So I went on a bit of a treasure hunt throughout the house to see what I still had. Gone are many of the small appliances and the old vacuum cleaner. I no longer have the bedding including the comforter that went on our bed. But I am pleased to say that I still own and more importantly, still use many of the lovely wedding gifts I received. Let’s take a look at…
Wedding Gifts I Still Use 30 Years Later
I use this lovely rectangle shaped glass platter all of the time. It is perfect for serving veggies and all kinds of appetizers. Even though it is made of quality glass I always wash it by hand.
This stainless steel gravy boat and cream and sugar dishes on a little tray were very much in style when I got married and I noticed are very much in style today. I believe they fall under the trendy ‘industrial look’?
I love these Royal Worcester Evesham Gold casserole dishes. I remember listing them on my guest registry. Back then it was just a piece of paper that people stopped by the home or called my mother to see what was on the list. They are what I call timeless pieces.
I specifically asked for this china teapot in the Royal Albert Old Country Rose pattern. I also received teacups and saucers coffee cups as well as lunch plates in the same pattern. I remember making a purchase in the China Department in a large department store many years ago. There was a young clerk wrapping some teacups in this pattern for another customer and she was going on and on about what an ugly pattern it was and who in their right mind would buy it. My thinking voice was saying that I was one of those people and I quite loved the pattern. At that time the pattern was very stylish. Even today it can be considered stylish because the ‘vintage’ and ‘romantic’ look is very trendy. Lory is a bloggy friend who I write about in Snapshot Look Behind Time With Thea is a fashion designer and home stylist. She shares all of her gorgeous tablescapes using her Royal Albert American Beauty china collection on her blog Designthusiam. Her beautiful blog and gorgeous sense of style are really worth checking out.
When I got married it was the trend to choose a china pattern. I chose this Noritake Blue Hill china dinner set. I have to admit I only have the dinner and lunch plates that I use quite often. I donated the serving pieces to the local thrift shop because I just was not using them and my daughters had no interest in them either.
I have loads of this style of crystal. Some of the pieces have chipped and had to be thrown out. But I have been able to replace them inexpensively because I often see them in the thrift store. I have even seen this crystal used on current television programs and movies so I guess they still must be stylish.
Tupperware was very popular when I got married. I still have some of the pieces that I received as wedding shower gifts. I use the measuring spoons all of the time and the white bowl makes a fabulous popcorn bowl!
I do have one small appliance left and it is this juicer. It is heavy and loud but it still works very well and is pretty easy to clean. That is my kind of appliance.
This is what I call another timeless piece. This glass bowl has a very interesting shape, texture and design. I think it was quite expensive back then and it makes a fabulous vegetable or fruit salad bowl.
I love collecting different linens for the table including tablecloths, placemats, runners and napkins. I really love this cotton crocheted square tablecloth. It adds a nice texture and more interest when it is placed on top of another coloured tablecloth.
Did you notice the lovely pink and white rose floral bouquet in most of the photographs? All of the tables were decorated with these gorgeous centerpieces at a recent wedding I attended. A guest from each table was allowed to take one home if they had a special sticker inside their place name card. I was the lucky one! The bouquet added a nice wedding vibe to the photographs!
So these are the wedding gifts I still use 30 years later. I hope they will be passed on to my daughters to use one day. What wedding gifts do you still have and use? What are your thoughts on what makes a solid marriage? I would love to have your thoughts added to the comments!
By the way… my husband and I are celebrating our 34th anniversary a little bit differently this year. We have a date planned on Skype because I am presently in Australia visiting my daughter for a month. Thanks to the internet we can stay in touch daily!