12 Memorable 40th Wedding Anniversary Ideas To Celebrate The Special Couple

40 years of marriage is truly something to celebrate! That’s a special bond that’s stood the test of time. If you’re looking for fantastic ways to celebrate the 40th anniversary for a special couple in your life, you’re in luck. Here are our top 40th wedding anniversary ideas for an extraordinary celebration! Put on a record and light some candles. It’s time to get started! 

1. Set the scene with a Peerspace venue

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Before you can bring your 40th-anniversary party to life, you’ll need a special place to host. If you’re looking for an awesome place to find and book a party venue, check out Peerspace. With thousands of listings in cities all across the globe, Peerspace makes it easy to find and book unique places. All you have to do is choose your event type, location, and date, and you’ll get tons of fantastic venues to choose from. The only tricky part is narrowing it down to just one. 

2. Plan a ruby red event

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A 40th anniversary is known as a ruby anniversary. Those fiery gemstones are renowned for symbolizing romance and passion. Bring that sizzling symbolism into your anniversary celebration by hosting a ruby-themed event. Go all out with bold ruby streamers, balloons, decorative cloth, and any other party decorations you can think of. You could even gift the couple a custom Anniversary gift outfitted with rubies to commemorate the occasion! 

3. Stage a romantic dinner for two

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Sometimes, the best gift you can give is the gift of privacy. Stage a romantic private dinner for your special couple, complete with plenty of candlelight and musical ambiance. You could cook up the menu yourself with all their favorite foods or ask the Peerspace Concierge service to put you in touch with a private caterer in your area. It’s a fantastic way to stage a romantic evening that’s as special as it is intimate. 

4. Book a private lounge with delicious cocktails 

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Looking for 40th wedding anniversary ideas for a wine connoisseur couple? Book a private Peerspsace lounge or bar they can have all to themselves! Savoring delicious libations in a sultry setting is an excellent way to ignite romance. Invite friends and family along for a private cocktail party, or keep it to a party of two for an extra intimate anniversary celebration.

5. Celebrate surrounded by flowers 

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Nothing says “I love you” quite like fresh flowers. Take your 40th wedding anniversary to the great outdoors by staging a garden party for the happy couple! A private tea party or barbeque is an excellent way to celebrate a more relaxed anniversary celebration for couples who aren’t fond of fuss. Plus, all the fresh air and flowers are sure to inspire romance!

6. Surprise them with a late honeymoon

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Did your special couple skip out on their honeymoon when they first got married? Now’s your chance to send them on the trip of their dreams! Book a private getaway for two to a romantic destination to celebrate their 40th anniversary. You don’t have to stage anything too exotic. Even a weekend getaway to a private b&b can set the perfect stage for anniversary bliss. 

7. Take them out dancing

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Are you looking for classic 40th-anniversary ideas perfect for hopeless romantics? Take your couple out for some dancing out on the town. There are tons of fun options to choose from, like the waltz, square dancing, salsa, and more. Check out the dancing clubs available in your local town, or create your own private dance hall at a Peerspace venue. It doesn’t matter if they’re not expert dancers. They’ll still get to spend the night out cheek-to-cheek. 

8. Host a vow renewal

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After 40 years together, hosting a vow renewal ceremony can be a romantic way to renew the spark for your favorite couple. Find an officiant on thumbtack and host an intimate ceremony with all their closest family and friends. If their actual wedding ceremony didn’t go exactly the way they wanted it to, now’s the time to give them the perfect ceremony they always dreamed of! It’ll be all the more remarkable for the waiting. 

9. Stage a laugh-out-loud skit

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Looking for 40th wedding anniversary ideas perfect for a couple that loves to laugh? Grab some of your relatives or friends and stage a comedic skit in honor of their anniversary. You could take the stage yourself as one of the actors or stay backstage by writing a zinging script. A little good-natured teasing is an excellent way to celebrate any significant milestone. Make sure that there’s a camera rolling so they can relive your show after you’ve finished taking a bow. 

10. Play the newlywed game

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How about more ways to keep the playful vibe going at your 40th-anniversary celebration? Why not play some classic couple’s games like the newlywed game? It can be super interesting to see how almost four decades of marriage will influence their answers to juicy questions, like who made the first move or has the craziest family. To spice things up a little more, have them sit back to back and hold up paddles to answer questions. No peeking allowed! 

11. Host a then and now photoshoot

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Want to give your special couple something worth a thousand words? Stage a special anniversary photoshoot to celebrate how far they’ve come. You could recreate their original wedding photos or go with something original to explore new horizons. It’s an excellent way to celebrate a strong marriage that’s stood the test of time. They’ll be able to treasure the photos on their mantlepiece for several anniversaries to come! 

12. Hand out thoughtful gifts

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No anniversary celebration would be complete without some thoughtful presents for the happy couple! This could be anything as extravagant as matching ruby jewelry pieces or a handmade scrapbook of their best moments throughout the years. Use your intuition and choose a thoughtful gift that caters to their unique interests. After all, it’s the thought that counts!

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