I woke up on Sunday, my first wedding anniversary, to find my husband not home. There were, however, written instructions from him to catch the bus into the city and get off at a certain stop, where I would find the first in a series of clues…

clue 1

I didn’t even know he knew about paper being the first anniversary present but he’d made a set of origami hearts (even made from old book pages which were a feature of our wedding) with clues on the reverse to find the next location.

A sign

I was led all over town to various places that are meaningful to us, including the bar where we got together, our wedding night hotel, my uni campus (where there was this giant ‘a’ from my logo!!), all ending up with a picnic near our wedding venue…


…where there was another giant ‘a’ (this time in Helvetica because a few days earlier he’d asked me what typeface I couldn’t live without). He’d even brought the iPod dock to play the song I walked down the aisle to. Awwww!

As you can see, it was a perfect sunny day to enjoy a picnic of champagne, cheese and antipasto.

A sign on bench

Our favourite photo from our wedding is of us sitting on this bench so I had to recreate it with the letter, which totally cracks me up.

anniversary present

Prior to all this, I was pretty smug thinking I’d thought of the best anniversary present.

papercut 1

Now, clearly I wasn’t going to be able to top the effort that The Man put in, but I hope you’ll agree this papercut art is absolutely divine. This gorgeous custom piece was hand cut by Kyleigh’s Papercuts (thanks Kyleigh, he loved it!) and features the lyrics from the first dance song from our wedding.

papercut 2

I was completely blown away by all the effort that The Man went to and it was definitely a day to remember.

What are your favourite ideas for a paper anniversary gift?


25 Responses

  • WOW! That is so amazing! You sure did pick a winner! πŸ˜€ I really love that paper cut piece that you got him too. It’s lovely!

    • Did I ever! πŸ˜‰

  • This is so cute, and I love that he asked you what typeface you can’t live without AND that the typeface is helvetica. AND I love that he was able to sneak out of the house! I think I would wake up and ruin the whole thing. Your husband needs to write a tutorial of this so other husband’s can copy him.

    My husband totally bested me on our first anniversary and I thought I had it in the bag! I bought a papercut vintage vespa scooter, but he filled a little bottle with paper hearts that had all the reasons he loves me, and there was a gorgeous pearl necklace in the bottle too.

    My mom says the guys are supposed to do better at the anniversary gifts.

    • Thanks Brynn, I was completely floored! Actually I DID wake up early and he had to shoo me back into bed (there’s a first for everything, normally he’d have to drag me out of bed that early on a Sunday).

      Ah, see we both went for something pretty but the trick seems to be go all out with the romantic gestures! I’m sure you appreciated not having to wait until year 25 before Mike would give you the pearls πŸ˜‰

      By the way, Helvetica is not really my favourite typeface (I go gaga over more ornate stuff these days and have a new fave every week) it was more like if the world could only have one typeface then that would be it.

  • Such a lovely idea for a paper anniversary, thanks for sharing it! My husband and me also celebrated our first anniversary last month and as a gift to him I filled a jar with 365 pieces of paper on which I had written on 365 reasons why I loved him…now he reads one every day during breakfast and that should take us nicely to our 2nd anniversary!
    Wish it was my original idea though but it wasn’t, I found a picture on Pinterest which came from this site:


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  • Awwwwww!!! That is so sweet!!
    Happy Anniversary!!

  • Haha I completely understand the need for helvetica. If given one font I would choose something basic and versatile.

    I am glad that I got both the paper and the pearl gift. Three cheers for awesome husbands!

  • What an amazing wedding anniversary you guys had – amazing paper hearts with clues, picnic, and wooden letter ‘a’s, and gorgeous paper art you gave him. You both deserve an A+ (get it – I crack myself up).

    • LOL, thanks Grace! The Man is a teacher too so there’s even more meaning in your A grade.

  • That giant letters was cool and awesome.

    • Thanks! Still trying to work out what to do with them now though.

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