If you want to celebrate the fact that you have been married for forty years, then you are going to want to start planning the big day a few months in advance. This way, you will have time to look at all of the different venues for your reception, such as your local church, the reception hall, or even the park. However, if you would like something more unique, then there are some ideas you can try.
You can decide between having a small or large reception and depending on the age and number of children in the wedding party, there are many different types of decorations you can use. One thing to keep in mind is that if you are having a younger crowd, then you might want to go with a smaller setting. Instead of a traditional large cake, have everyone wear tuxedos. You could also get them to fill in the tuxedos with the theme of your party.
Another idea is to hire a wedding reception venue and have the meal being held at a different location throughout the day. For example, if the party is being held in a church, then you could have your cake and the wedding ceremony to be held in one location and the dinner being held elsewhere. Just be sure that you don't spend too much money doing this because it is only going to cost you a few extra dollars for the wedding invitations and the wedding party favors.
Another very popular option is to rent the place where your wedding ceremony is going to take place. The best part about renting a place is that you will be able to use the space as you need it without having to pay the entire wedding party's expenses. However, if you are getting married in another state, it might be more expensive to rent the venue, but it will allow you to save some money by not having to hire a caterer.
A great idea is to have a guest book that you can hand out at the end of the wedding reception. This way, each person who comes in will receive a copy of the list so they can get a personalized souvenir of the big day. It will also give them a chance to remember you and your parents for years to come!
Another idea is to have your parents' and guests' birthday party at a restaurant that is close to the place you are getting married. This way, they can share in the fun at the party instead of driving all the way to another city and spending hours to get there. It will also allow them to see you for a couple of days before their birthday! because they can drive down to your wedding and meet all of their old friends.