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Decide on a Budget

As with any event, it’s important that you set a budget before you start making bookings. Your budget will determine the venue, the caterer, and the number of guests you can invite. Appoint a budget to each element of your party: decorations, catering, venue hire, and entertainment. Keep in mind, too, that the success of your anniversary celebration is not determined by how much you spend, but rather the sentiment behind it.

Write a Guest List

Once your budget has been determined, you can decide on who you would like to invite. If you’re holding a milestone celebration, your guest list will tend to be longer: you’ll want to include family, friends, and even colleagues who have been an important part of you and your spouse’s lives. If your event is a small, informal affair, keep your list to close friends and family. Your guest list will help you determine the cost of catering as well as the size of your venue.

Set the Date

Generally, couples want to set the date of their celebration as close to the date of their anniversary as possible. You may have to make your bookings early, depending on the time of year: spring is wedding season for venues and caterers, and summer is rife with Christmas parties and New Year’s celebrations. If you’re holding your party in the warmer months, make your bookings well in advance.

Book a Location

You can hold your anniversary celebrations just about anywhere. The formality of your event, as well as the number of guests you invite, will determine where your celebrations should be held. If you’re hosting a formal affair, look around for hotel function or ballrooms, or restaurant function halls. You could also search around for banquet halls. Most hired venues will include decorations and even entertainers. Search around for a hired venue that includes the services you require at an affordable cost.

If your anniversary celebrations are casual, you could hold your event in a public space or even in your own home. Local RSL clubs or churches might also have affordable functions rooms for you to hire.

Send out the Invitations

Once your venue and the date have been determined, it’s time to send out your invitations. You might choose to have custom invitations printed, buy them from a newsagent or party planning store, or you could even make your own. Make sure you include a date, time, location, and RSVP date on every invite.

Choose your Catering Service

Whether you’re catering for a formal or informal event, hiring a catering service to provide you with your menus is usually the most simple, economical way to feed your guests. Search for a local catering service with experience and the testimonies to match: browsing through caterers’ portfolios is a great way to sample the quality of presentation as well as gather ideas for your own function. The type of service will be determined by the length of your guest list as well as the level of formality of your event: if you’re keeping it casual, why not ask your caterer to organise a barbeque? If you’re catering for a large crowd, you could opt for a carvery or a buffet. If you’re holding a formal affair, opt for a sit-down meal or a cocktail menu. Your caterer will be able to assist you in deciding on the type of service, as well as your choice of food.


The type of entertainment you choose for your anniversary celebration will be determined by the type of celebration you hold. If you’re organising a formal celebration, you could hire a band or a DJ: the type of musician is dependent on your guests. Will they want to dance, or simply listen to music as they dine? You could even hire a photographer to capture snapshots of your celebration.

A casual affair is better suited to background music played through a sound-system. You could compile your own playlist of songs that mean something to you: you could even include a number of songs played at your wedding.

You might also choose to renew your vows sometime during your celebration. This in itself is a bigger part of the entertainment. You could also include a slideshow of home videos or photographs taken of you and your spouse throughout the years.

Making a Toast

No matter whether your event is formal or informal, toasts are a wonderful touch to an anniversary celebration. Your children or grandchildren, close friends or colleagues might like to propose a toast, or you might like to make your own. Keep your toasts simple and to the point, and play on the sentiment of your celebration.

Anniversary Decorations

You can keep your decorations as simple, or make them as extravagant, as you please. Flowers, streamers, candles, balloons, and confetti are all great, low-cost ways to decorate rooms and tables. You could also include photographs of you and your family on tables or strung up as garlands.

To Gift or Not to Gift?

Your guests will generally initiate the giving of gifts without being asked. If you’d prefer not to receive gifts, particularly if your anniversary is not a milestone, include a simple statement on your invitations.

Planning an anniversary celebration can be simple and enjoyable so long as you allow yourself plenty of time to plan and make bookings. With some careful attention to detail and some personal touches of sentiment, your anniversary celebration will be one that your guests, and yourself, will cherish for years to come.

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Speakers webcast in from around the world, and many appeared live in person at this historic event, including:

Deepak Chopra

Deepak Chopra is a world-renowned authority in the field of mind-body healing, a best-selling author, and the founder of the Chopra Center for Wellbeing. A global force in the field of human empowerment, Dr. Chopra is the prolific author of more than fifty-five books, including fourteen bestsellers on mind-body health, quantum mechanics, spirituality, and peace.

Deepak Chopra

Marla Maples Actress, radio and television host, songwriter and performer
Marla Maples made her Broadway debut in 1992 receiving national attention for her critically acclaimed performance in the Tony award winning musical production, “The Will Roger’s Follies.” She played to sell out audiences at the Palace Theatre for nearly one year before taking a leave of absence to marry then husband Donald Trump and give birth to their daughter Tiffany. After her success in “Will Roger’s Follies”, Marla went on to co-host “The Miss U.S.A. Pageant” and “The Miss Universe Pageant” for two consecutive years. She also co-hosted the Fox network morning show, “Fox After Breakfast”, with Tom Bergeron.

As an actor Marla has appeared in over 15 films, guest starred in numerous television series over the last 20 years, and has been on the cover of over 25 magazines. She is the host of the popular radio show “Awakening with Marla” which shares the voices of those who are dedicated to uplifting humanity, and her heart is set on one day seeing unity in the world. To that end, she works diligently to spread this message of hope, and has been honored by the Wall Street Journal, Make a Wish Foundation, American Family Housing, Feed the Children, Shelter for the Homeless, and The City of Hope. She has served as honorary chairperson and host for numerous charities and foundations and was named Honorary Citizen of Atlanta.

Marla Maples

Derrick N. Ashong & Soulfege embody the pluralistic vision of a new generation of music makers and socially conscious activists.

Leader and co-founder Derrick N. Ashong, a.k.a. DNA, dubbed a “YouTube phenom” by the New York Times, is the former host of The Derrick Ashong Experience on Oprah radio and is a Ghana-born, Oprah-endorsed Harvard graduate. Derrick N. Ashong & Soulfege are a critically-acclaimed, refreshingly original and exciting group of musicians who have synthesized a blend of Hip-Hop, Reggae, Funk, World Beat and West African Highlife music to create an integral musical melange of style and substance. They are a powerful live act and a vivid new voice that has perpetually electrified audiences with their joyous Afropolitan fusion.
Derrick Ashong


San Francisco’s “Golden Mezzo soprano” (San Francisco Examiner) sang “America the Beautiful” and performed her World Peace Anthem “Peace on Earth” live.

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Valentina has performed with New York City Opera, San Francisco Opera, Opera Theatre St. Louis, San Francisco Symphony, Midsummer Mozart, Eugene Opera, Opera San Jose, Berkeley West Edge Opera, and The Yerba Buena Center among others. As a pop and rock singer / songwriter, Valentina has shared the stage with Todd Rundgren, George Benson, John Cale of The Velvet Underground, Dana Carvey, and Helen Hunt. She has appeared on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, MTV, the Fillmore Auditorium, the Shoreline Ampitheater, Villa Montalvo, New Orleans’ Contemporary Arts Center, and the Palace of Fine Arts, and multiple television and movie soundtracks..


Lindsay Wagner
Actress, author, human potential advocate Lindsay Wagner to present the concept of “Stepping out of Fear, The Power of the Present” at ONE: The Event in Seattle.

She is best known for her iconic portrayal of Jaime Sommers in her Emmy award-winning role as ‘The Bionic Woman’. She won a permanent place in the hearts of audiences around the world and went on to become known as the Queen of television movies with over 40 TV movies plus several mini-series, specials and feature films.

“I have agreed to attend and participate in an event I’d like to share with you. We are experiencing a very unusual point in history and I believe that in the midst of these confusing and sometimes tumultuous times we have an even greater opportunity to create a beautiful future.” – Lindsay Wagner.
Lindsay Wagner

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A few voices joining forces in One The Event 9/11 & Gathering 9/9-9/10 include:

Lindsay Wagner, Nassim Haramein, Masuro Emoto, Ocean Robbins, Barbara Marx Hubbard, Brooke Medicine Eagle, Daniel Sunjata, John Perkins, Peter Ragnar, Diana Stobo, Dr. Vernon Sylvest, James Twyman, James O’Dea, Chief Sonne Reyna, Mikki Willis, Duke Duchscherer, Sylvia Clute, Greg Wendt, Soleil, Melanie St. James, Jamaica Stephens, Dr. Pat Baccili (of The Dr. Pat Show), Joseph Jacques & more!

This September 11, Tens of Thousands of People Around The World Chose Love and Unity.

Firefighter and ONE: The Event producer Erik Lawyer has funded this FREE event entirely on his own and founded One Becoming One to carry on this work. Please donate generously to this vital initiative! DONATE / LEARN MORE

On September 11th, a monumental transformational event happened in Seattle at the Memorial Stadium that caused a ‘ripple effect’ around the world. Precisely at 3:46 PM Pacific Time, exactly 10 years and 10 hours after the 9/11 tragedy. Tens of thousands of people joined musicians, speakers, and celebrities, both live and on the web to intentionally send love, compassion and unity to all of humanity.

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