Tradition says that your first wedding anniversary is called a Paperversary. You are supposed to exchange simplistic gifts made of paper; like a sentimental card or notebook, a printed picture or a small paper sculpture. The reasoning behind this tradition is a little confusing, but here is the gist of what I’ve found out: The first year of marriage is supposedly the hardest. A young couple who is struggling to make ends meet, while trying to build a strong and solid relationship, home and family foundation all at the same time. Today, it is common for couples to live together before marrying and it is even more common for couples to wait until they are financially stable before they jump into a marriage. However, regardless of how long a couple has been dating, living together, or known one another, their first wedding anniversary is both a sacred and special one. It is an anniversary of new beginnings, new bonds and new feelings – because no matter how you slice it, things ARE different once you get married.
I try not to get too personal on this pretty paper blog, but this week is a very special one. Tomorrow is my one year wedding anniversary to my wonderful husband. Being one of those couples who have been together for a long time (Read: over EIGHT years) it is nice to be off the hook for once in terms of gifts. Each anniversary, birthday or celebration is always a challenge to find the perfect present. Now with our Paperversary, I get to gift what I do best – design custom paper goods!
So, in honor of my Paperversary, I designed a series of 5×7 prints that express how I’m really feeling about the past 365 days. Take a look:
I turned the first print into a card to give to my husband for our anniversary tomorrow. I also printed and framed all 4 pieces so we can hang them as a series in our apartment – will post a picture as soon as we find the perfect spot!