Our anniversary falls on February 12. This is very confusing to EVERYONE except for us (and I guess that's all that matters). Long story short. We were legally married (Justice of the Peace style) in Massachusetts on February 10. We flew to Paris later that day and had a private ceremony on February 12. 6 months later, we had a reception in Boston on August 20. I had always gone back and forth with having a winter wedding and having a summer wedding so I got the best of both worlds.
Needless to say, we get a lot of well wishes on Valentine's Day. Since we were married near Valentine's everyone assumes we must've been married on that day. We probably would've but that year Valentine's was on a Monday or something. As a wedding gift, we even got this beautiful framed picture of Paris' night sky - the caption - Paris, France, February 14, 2005. We love it and it hangs in our room but we never actually saw the night sky in Paris on 2/14/2005 since we flew back to the states that morning.
Then we get well wishes on August 20 (our reception date) which always takes me by surprise. The first year my dad sent us a card in August for our anniversary. I was all, "what?" until I finally realized why. Afterall, the reception was purely a huge expensive party for friends and family so most of them think of that as our anniversary.
Needless to say, I'm glad we have February 12 as our anniversary. This is the night we go out. So we beat the Valentine's crowds and we don't feel awkward being the 2 women out on Valentine's. It's beautiful. I loved everything about our Paris wedding including feeling like a celebrity and dealing with the paparazzi (citizens and tourists) wanting to take our picture and the Parisiens chanting to us Long Live Your Marriage (in French of course).
And when you get married in Paris, you get awesome pictures :-)