Wedding anniversaries are an ideal opportunity for married couples to celebrate their mutual love and remember why they decided to get married in the first place. Historians have traced the origins of the silver and gold anniversaries to Medieval Germanic Europe, where the husband presented the wives with silver and gold garlands to celebrate the 25 and 50 years of marriage, respectively.

Before 1937, only the first and major anniversaries milestones had materials associated with them. In 1937, the American National Retail Jewelery Association issued a more complete list of representative materials for all traditional wedding anniversaries for each year until the 15th anniversary and then every five years until the 60th. Several commercial companies have continuously updated this list in the In recent years, and today, today’s celebrants can choose between the traditional list and a contemporary list of anniversary themes (offering alternative modern suggestions, such as appliances!)

Traditionally, gifts exchanged or delivered in the first years of marriage were practical household items to help the couple start a new home together (an extension of the wedding gift). Luxury gifts tend to occur in recent years, when the couple has already acquired the things they need. The more cynical mindset could see the increase in the value of the gift over time as an incentive to stay married!

The following section describes the main wedding anniversaries, associated themes and provides some useful gift suggestions.

1st wedding anniversary – Paper

Traditionally, the theme is paper, which is supposed to symbolize the strength obtained from the interlaced fibers. The modern version of this is a watch for reasons of eternal and timeless love. The precious stones / precious metals associated with the first wedding anniversary are gold jewelry, pearls or peridot. The associated color is golden or yellow and the relevant flower is orange blossom or thought.

Gift ideas include a photo album, a commemorative newspaper, a wedding day graphic, a personalized poem, a certificate to share, a movie / concert ticket, a photograph of a professional photographer, a subscription to a magazine favorite have a star with the name of a loved one or a watch.

2nd wedding anniversary – Cotton

Traditionally, cotton gifts are given because cotton has always been associated with prosperity and durability. The theme of the modern gift is China. The relevant gem is Garnet and the associated color is red. If you are going to give flowers, then choose Cosmos (which means modesty).

Gift ideas relevant to the cotton theme include a bathrobe, towel or t-shirt (personalized), and for China, how about a box of trinkets (personalized), cup or anniversary plate?

3rd wedding anniversary – leather

Traditionally, leather gifts are awarded based on the durability of this material, which is analogous to the durability of their marriage. The contemporary theme is glass or crystal (not so durable!)

If you are going to give jewelry to your partner, choose pearl or jade. The subject of relevant color is white or green, and the associated flower is fuchsia (which means flavor).

Gift ideas for the third wedding anniversary include a leather wallet, a purse or briefcase, a leather-bound book, an engraved vase, a bottle of perfume, wine or champagne glasses, engraved glass tokens or maybe an engraved decanter.

4th wedding anniversary – Fruit / Flowers

Traditionally, fruits or flowers symbolize a flourishing and fruitful relationship. Less modern romantic, although practical thinking, suggests giving appliances!

The relevant gem is blue Topaz with the theme of blue or green. If you plan to give flowers, then the suggested flowering is the geranium (which by the way means madness or stupidity!)

Some gift suggestions for a fourth wedding anniversary are cut flowers, a basket of fruit and an engraved crystal flower token, rose bush or shares of Apple Corp.

5th wedding anniversary – Wood

Traditionally, the theme of the fifth wedding anniversary is wood, which symbolizes a strong and lasting marriage. The theme of the modern gift is silverware. The relevant gem is sapphire and the appropriate color theme is blue, pink and turquoise. The flower that you are supposed to give is the daisy that represents innocence and love.

Suggested gift ideas include planting a tree, a personalized puzzle, a personalized wine box, a wooden memorial plaque, personalized photo coasters or place mats.

10th wedding anniversary – Tin / Aluminum

The traditional materials are tin or aluminum that symbolize the flexibility and malleability of a good relationship. The contemporary theme and the precious stone is the diamond. The relevant color is silver or blue and the appropriate flower is the narcissus (trumpet-shaped daffodils represent joy, happiness and happiness).

Gift ideas include: personalized license plate, engraved brushed aluminum frame or a custom teddy in a can.

15th wedding anniversary – Crystal

The traditional gift material is made of glass and the contemporary theme is watches. The relevant gemstone is ruby. Gift ideas include engraved glass jars, champagne flute and wine glasses. The appropriate color theme is ruby red. If you are going to give flowers, roses are the appropriate option.

20th wedding anniversary – China

The traditional theme is China and the modern theme is platinum with the gemstone is the emerald. Suggested gift ideas include a personalized anniversary plate, personalized trinket box or dinner service. The relevant color theme is emerald green or white and the flowers are lilies.

25th wedding anniversary – silver

Silver gifts are given to celebrate this important wedding anniversary. The proper flower is the Iris. Suggestions for gifts include a silver anniversary candle, an engraved silver frame or silver champagne flutes.

30th wedding anniversary – Pearl

The traditional material associated with this is pearls and the relevant flower is the sweet pea with a green color scheme. Ideal gifts include a pearl necklace or an engraved case of mother-of-pearl trinkets.

40th wedding anniversary ruby

Ruby is the theme of this wedding anniversary and the appropriate flower is the nasturtium. Gift ideas include ruby jewelry or a bottle of port.

50th wedding anniversary – Gold

One of the greats! Gold is the order of the day and the relevant flower is violet. Gift ideas include gold jewelry or perhaps a wedding anniversary album of golden hearts.

60th wedding anniversary – Diamond

Now it starts to be very expensive – Diamonds! This is the first of the two diamond anniversaries, the other is 75 years old.

75th wedding anniversary

The 75th anniversary is the traditional traditional diamond anniversary, and 60 is added when Queen Victoria celebrated her Diamond Jubilee on her 60th anniversary of accession to the throne in 1897.

Anniversary celebration label

In the first years (less than 15 years), anniversary celebrations usually only involve the couple, and often include a night trip or “second honeymoon”. However, in recent years, any child they have could decide to organize the anniversary celebration for their parents. For milestone anniversaries, a party is usually the order of the day. It is not recommended to organize a surprise party for a couple on their anniversary, since not all couples will appreciate the gesture; It is always best to discuss any plan with the couple before the event, especially since they already have their own plans.

Invitations to an anniversary party should be sent at least four weeks before the celebration. An invitation does not imply the need for a gift. In fact, many couples feel uncomfortable receiving gifts and often request that guests not make gifts on their anniversary, they may feel that they really do not need anything or that they do not want their guests to feel obligated. It is important that you try and respect their choice, but if you insist on making a gift, it is advisable to do so after the event so as not to embarrass the hosts or the other guests who did not bring a gift.

In general, asking for a monetary gift is not considered a good label, although asking for a small contribution to a commemorative gift such as a tree or a sundial is a good way to avoid this. If traditional gifts are given, it is normal for the couple to open them later than during the celebration, although, again, it is a personal choice. Personalized gifts are excellent ideas for anniversary gifts, since the personal touch makes the present much more meaningful. If you are going to give a personalized gift, it is often more common to include the number of married years plus the names of the couples instead of the date of marriage.

The seats of the guests at an anniversary party are really personal, although traditionally the eldest son sits next to his mother and the eldest daughter next to his father with the best man or maid of honor since the wedding day of the couple and with their respective wives also seated. at the main table.

Normally, a brief speech of some kind is expected even in a very informal matter. Often one of the children says some words of courtesy about his parents and this is followed by a response from one or both members of the couple to thank the organizers, etc.

Above all, any wedding anniversary celebration is a celebration of the love of one couple on the other and can be as large or small, formal or informal and private or shared as you wish.