Forget flowers and chocolates – celebrate a long-lasting marriage with an overseas getaway to vibrant Miami, San Diego or go all out in Las Vegas. Two couples share their anniversary holidays
Alison Garner, 47 is a textiles artist living in Surrey. She and husband Andrew marked their silver anniversary with a trip to Miami.
Alison: With one thing and another, Andrew and I don’t see much of each other during the week. Andrew has been going in to work really early and leaving late, but he came home one day and said, ‘I’ve got this free week, let’s go!’ so we booked a holiday to Miami.
With my art background, any chance to get near some art deco or art nouveau and I’m off. I’ve always wanted to go to Miami because of the architecture.
We called this trip our 100-year anniversary because Andrew turned 50 in July, we celebrated our 25th wedding anniversary in August, and Andrew has been in his job for 25 years this year.
We were able to fly out first-class which was wonderful. I was in the first row which meant I was sat in the nose.
When it was time for dinner the steward came by to set up my table and Andrew came and joined me. We had a lovely meal with champagne sitting in the front of the plane at 33,000 feet! It got the trip off to a really fantastic start.
We didn’t know when we booked our trip but Art Basel, the world’s premier modern and contemporary art show, was on in the city which was fantastic. We viewed lots of art installations and explored downtown as well.
The best thing about our holiday was just being able to relax and spend time together.
We took romantic walks on the beach and strolled past the art deco restaurants so I could take pictures and stopped in a few for cocktails. We had such a great time we didn’t want to come back. Enjoying the warm sunshine in December was brilliant and it really topped off our special year of anniversaries.
For a sun-soaked trip in Miami, stay at the Fountaine Bleau luxury hotel which combines glamour, glitz and contemporary art. Relax in a private cabana by one of the many pools, take advantage of the Lapis Spa and dine at Hakkasan.
Ursula: We were married in May 2003 at the Bellagio and we always said we’d go back for our anniversary and have a big party, but now our friends all have kids so we decided to just take our family. Having our four boys with us, Jacob (9), Max (7) and twins Jonah and Zachary (4) was even more special.
We spent ten days in San Diego and five days in Vegas. We took the boys to the wedding chapel at the Bellagio and Max got really emotional and burst into tears when he saw where we were married.
We went to the courtyard outside where we’d had our wedding pictures taken and recreated our wedding party photo with us and the boys.
After our wedding, we had a reception in the penthouse and then took a stretch limo to the Venetian for the wedding breakfast at the Canaletto restaurant. There were so many courses that by the time we got to the wedding cake everyone was full and couldn’t eat it, which I was a bit disappointed about.
On this trip, we took the boys back there for a special meal and Mike surprised me with a replica cake! The cake was two tiers and covered in red roses. The table was decorated with flowers and balloons and the staff made a big fuss of us and we drank Prosecco like we had before.
Going back to Vegas and sharing it with the boys was wonderful. They’ve all said we have to go back for our 20th so they’ll be old enough to do everything next time.
The trip brought back memories of running through the corridors at the Bellagio in my wedding dress, or everyone going ‘ohhh’ as we walked through the Venetian.