Posted By Admin on December 04, 2018
Lists of wedding anniversary gifts vary by country. In this article we have the Traditional Wedding Anniversary by Years, Origins, Modern Wedding Anniversary list created by Chicago Public Library as well as the Gemstone Anniversary List and Anniversary Flowers.
The names of some anniversaries provide guidance for appropriate or traditional gifts for the spouses to give each other; if there is a party these can be brought by the guests or influence the theme or decoration. These gifts vary in different countries, but some years have well-established connections now common to most nations: 5th Wood, 10th Tin, 15th Crystal, 20th China, 25th Silver, 30th Pearl, 35th Jade, 40th Ruby, 45th Sapphire, 50th Gold, 60th Diamond, and 70th Platinum.
Traditional Wedding Anniversary by Years
4th Fruit and Flowers (US) Linen / Silk (UK)
6th Iron (US) Sugar / Candy (UK)
7th Copper (US) Wool (UK)
8th Bronze / Pottery (US) Salt (UK)
9th Willow / Pottery (US) Copper (UK)
10th Tin / Aluminium (US) Tin (UK)
12th Silk / Fine Linen
24th Opal (US)
35th Jade (US) Coral (UK)
65th Blue sapphire (UK)
75th Diamond, gold
80th Oak (UK)
85th Moonstone (US) Wine (UK)
90th Stone (UK)
In English speaking countries the first, wooden, gift was cut on the day of celebration and then presented to the wife as a finished article before the next two quarter days had passed. The modern tradition may have originated in medieval Germany where, if a married couple lived to celebrate the 25th anniversary of their wedding, the wife was presented by her friends and neighbours with a silver wreath to congratulate them for the good fortune that had prolonged the lives of the couple for so many years. On celebration of the 50th, the wife received a wreath of gold. Over time the number of symbols expanded and the German tradition came to assign gifts that had direct connections with each stage of married life. The symbols have changed over time. For example, in the United Kingdom, diamond was a well-known symbol for the 75th anniversary, but this changed to the now more common 60th anniversary after Queen Victoria’s 60 years on the throne was widely marked as her Diamond Jubilee.
The origins of the current gift conventions date to 1937. Before that, only the 1st, 5th, 10th, 15th, 20th, 25th, 50th, and 75th anniversaries had an associated gift. In 1937, the American National Retail Jeweller Association (now known as Jewellers of America as a result of an organizational merger) introduced an expanded list of gifts. The revamped list gave a gift for each year up to the 25th, and then for every fifth anniversary after that.
Modern Wedding Anniversary by Years
3rd Crystal / Glass
4th Electrical Appliances
6th Wooden Objects
7th Desk sets / Pen and Pencil sets
8th Linens / Lace
10th Diamond Jewellery
11th Fashion Jewellery/ Accessories
12th Pearls / Coloured Gems
13th Textiles / Furs
14th Gold Jewellery
16th Silver Holloware
21st Brass, Nickel
23rd Silver Plate
24th Musical instruments
26th Original Pictures
29th New Furniture
36th Bone China
38th Beryl / Tourmaline
42nd Improved Real Estate
46th Original Poetry Tribute
48th Optical Goods
75th Diamond, gold
80th Diamond, pearl
85th Diamond, sapphire / Wife’s birthstone
90th Engraved marble, granite
Gemstone Anniversary List
1st Mother of Pearl: Faith and charity (associated with protection and wealth).
2nd Garnet: Attracts love, soul mates and enhances creativity.
3rd Moonstone: Brings good fortune (it is said that if you give your lover a moonstone necklace on a full moon you will always have passion).
4th Blue Topaz: Topaz is the stone of true love.
5th Rose Quartz: Keep the stone under your pillow and your marriage will have sparkle. Plus it makes you look younger too.
6th Amethyst: Protection.
7th Onyx: General happiness and prosperity.
8th Tourmaline: Enhances tolerance and understanding, as well as protection.
9th Lapis Lazuli: Promotes harmony in relationships and a stone for truth and friendship.
10th Crystal: Patience and tranquillity Green Tourmaline, protects and draws money and revitalizes your joy in life!
11th Turquoise: Protects the wearer from negative energy and brings good fortune.
12th Jade: Draw love, prosperity, protection and healing.
13th Citrine: Give joy and love to the owner (also known as the lucky merchant’s stone)
14th Opal: Stone of love for faithful lovers!
15th Rhodolite: Builds up confidence and love.
16th Peridot: It is the stone of lightness and beauty.
17th Carnelian: Gives your energy a boost and helps with a sense of humour, which is an important factor when you are married!
18th Chrysoprase: Encourages hope and joy.
19th Aquamarine: Protects against gossip and protect you on water.
20th Emerald: The sacred stone of the goddess Venus and is said to preserve love.
21st Iolite: Takes you on the journey of enlightenment and also helps with money and debt problems too.
22nd Blue Zircon: Love, luck, happiness and prosperity.
23rd Yellow Topaz: Draws love to its wearer.
24th Tanzanite: Promotes compassion and links your mind with your heart.
25th Tsavorite: Encourages self-awareness and could be combined with the traditional gift of silver to make a perfect anniversary gift.
30th Pearl: Symbol of purity and elegance.
35th Emerald: Brings good fortune and youth!
40th Ruby: Filled with love and brings friendship and love.
45th Sapphire: Stone of loyalty and fidelity.
50th Gold: Promotes good health and success.
55th Alexandrite: Stimulates pleasure and love.
60th Diamond: Everlasting love and strength.
1st Carnation: The beautiful carnation is the traditional flower used to celebrate a couple’s first wedding anniversary. Carnations have long been representative of young, passionate love. Legend has it that a fresh bouquet made from the lovely carnation would cause immediate and lasting love. The carnation comes in a great variety of colours, so couples can choose the hues that best represent their love. The first wedding anniversary is a time to celebrate what seems like an infinite future together. No anniversary flower captures the sweetness, optimism, and passion of a first anniversary like the luminous and colourful carnation.
2nd Cosmos: The second anniversary is an exuberant time. By their second anniversary, couples have put aside their simplistic understanding of love and replaced it with a more complex version formed from a more thorough understanding of each other. The gorgeous and luminous cosmos symbolizes this amazing transformation. Representing the second anniversary, the cosmos is a sublime flower whose beauty is unique and intense. The cosmos symbolizes not what love should be, but instead the even more powerful love that exists uniquely in this second year of marriage. Celebrate this year and the many years ahead with a fresh flower bouquet of stunning cosmos.
3rd Sunflower: Strong, colourful, and passionate, the sunflower captures all the characteristics of three years of marriage. The sturdy stalk of the sunflower symbolizes the strong foundation upon which the marriage is based. The vibrant yellow petals represent the love and passion which radiate outwards. Sunflowers look absolutely stunning when grouped together in large fresh bouquets and fresh flower arrangements. They are a clear sign of trust in what has already been developed and excitement about what is going to come.
4th Geranium: The fourth anniversary is an exciting time. The vibrant and colourful geranium is the flower that perfectly represents this important event. After four years, a couple has found a wonderful combination of comfortable habits and unexpected surprises. The familiar geranium symbolizes the comforting beauty of the recognizable, while also adding unexpected texture and colour that reveal the many great surprises still to come. The intense lines of colour radiating out from the flower’s stamens exemplify the ever expanding love of the lucky couple celebrating four years of marriage together.
5th Daisy: The reason the daisy is the flower chosen to represent the fifth anniversary is because of its symbolic structure. Each of the daisy’s petals radiates outwards from the center. The center symbolizes the intense bond of the married couple and all their shared experiences. Each petal, both delicate and strong, represents all the magical ways the couple will expand and grow. The daisy has come to represent fidelity. While the daisy appears to be a simple flower, its beauty is apparent to those who look closely. There is no better gift to represent love, fidelity, and hope, than a large fresh flower bouquet of luminous daisies.
6th Calla Lily: The elegant and sophisticated calla lily represents all the glorious ways each partner has grown and become even more attractive over six years of marriage. The long, slender calla lily flower is unlike any other. This original flower symbolizes all the unique ways love has grown and developed over six years. Used extensively in the paintings of Mexican artist Diego Rivera, legend has it that the calla lily has its own magical light source inside it which radiates upwards. This is the perfect analogy for celebrating six years of marriage together. The sixth anniversary is a moment to reflect upon the internal illumination that the marriage produces.
7th Freesia: The freesia is beautiful flower whose staggered buds stair step their way up the stem. While the exotic appearance of the freesia is enough to enchant, the real delight of this glorious flower is its delightful scent. The fragrance of the freesia has been admired for centuries and has been a key ingredient in many soaps and lotions. The seventh anniversary is a time to look back on all that you’ve accomplished together while also looking ahead to all the wonderful surprises still in store for you both. The one of a kind freesia will show how much you appreciate and love all the unique characteristics of your loving spouse.
8th Lilac: The eighth anniversary is a great time to look back and remember what brought you together when you first met. Take the time to recall your shared interests and passions, those parts of yourself you were able to dwell on so thoroughly before your lives became busier and more complicated. White lilacs represent first love, so they are the perfect flower to represent the eighth anniversary. Purple lilacs represent the promise of rebirth. Either way, these beautiful heart-shaped flowers clumped so gloriously together look absolutely stunning as part of a fresh flower arrangement.
9th Bird of Paradise: Equal parts exotic and sophisticated; the one of a kind bird of paradise is a stunning anniversary flower. This flower represents the glamorous qualities of marriage and points toward many adventures still to come. Often accompanying a bird of paradise is a promise of travel and exploration. This is the ideal tone to set on the ninth anniversary when instead of dwelling on what has transpired but looks forward to all the adventures yet to come. A gift of a bird of paradise will remind your spouse of all the excitement your love contains.
10th Daffodil: A single daffodil looks beautiful. However, bunch a group of them together in a fresh flower bouquet and they look extraordinary. This is a perfect analogy for your tenth wedding anniversary. Over ten years you’ve created many wonderful memories. When you take the time to bunch all of those memories together you have your extraordinary life together. Celebrate ten magnificent years with these brilliant and romantic flowers that radiate a light as bright as your love. Show your spouse that you wouldn’t trade a single moment with these pure and passionate flowers.
11th Tulip: The tulip is the flower that represents spring’s arrival. What a great way to celebrate the beginning of your second decade together! Just as spring is a time for renewal and rebirth, the eleventh anniversary is a time to renew your commitment to each other. The tulip is a gorgeous flower available in a variety of colours. The deep green stem supports the pastel flower and together their beauty is magnified. Celebrate your eleventh anniversary with this sophisticated beauty symbolic of renewal.
12th Peony: The intricately ruffled petals of the peony resemble the feathers of a swan. These graceful flowers have been chosen to represent the twelfth anniversary. After twelve years of marriage there is an understanding and appreciation of the finer things in life. The sublime peony is one of those finer things. This sophisticated flower is used in important ceremonies around the world. Treat your spouse to the elegant beauty and fragrance of this wonderful flower.
13th Chrysanthemum: In many cultures the chrysanthemum is the symbol of royalty. Treat yourselves like royalty on your thirteen wedding anniversary. The chrysanthemum looks absolutely stunning either in a large fresh flower bouquet or as a part of a fresh flower arrangement. This is a spectacular flower with dense layers of petals whose texture holds in deep and brilliant colour. There is nothing unlucky about this flower, in fact, it is said that those who gaze on a bouquet of chrysanthemums improve their luck.
14th Dahlia: The brilliant, architectural petal structure of the dynamic dahlia creates a stunning statement that will thrill your spouse. The often two-toned and pointed flowers of the dahlia make it unlike any other. Available in many startling hues, a fresh bouquet of dahlias is like a firework display on the fourth of July with their explosion of colour. Bring some of those fireworks to your fourteenth anniversary with a fresh bouquet of dazzling dahlias. They are sure to send the message that there are plenty of exciting times yet to come in your marriage.
15th Roses: Roses are synonymous with passion and romance. So why aren’t roses the representative flower of an earlier anniversary? After fifteen years together you know each other very well. You’ve been through a lot together. After fifteen years you’ve earned the sensual and romantic opulence of the mighty rose. Remind your spouse that you still feel the hot fires of passion with a fresh rose bouquet or one of our amazing fresh rose arrangements. Fifteen years together is an important milestone. Send a dozen roses to celebrate this momentous occasion in luxury and style.
20th Aster: The name aster comes from the ancient Greek word for star. Celebrate all the bright spots of your marriage with a fresh arrangement featuring the elegant aster. The aster is delicate and sophisticated; its radiant petals create a soft beauty that is reminiscent of all the wisdom you have gained over twenty wonderful years of marriage. Sending this traditional flower to celebrate this important milestone will communicate your appreciation of all you’ve gained through two decades of life together.
25th Iris: After a quarter century of marriage, celebrate in style with the gorgeous iris. The iris is a royal flower. It was the inspiration for the fleur de lis, which has become a symbol of elegance and sophistication. A stunning fresh bouquet of irises makes a clear statement that you still hold your spouse as royalty. A royal purple arrangement of these beautiful flowers will be a luxurious and romantic way to celebrate the twenty-five years the two of you have spent together.
30th Lily: As you have aged and grown together, your marriage has grown and changed. While your life together has transformed itself over the years, your commitment to each other has not been altered. The beautiful lily comes in many different shapes and colours. It is full of surprises. Let your spouse know that while you are both older, you are still full of the original fire that brought you together. The glorious lily will make a bold statement that there is still a sense of adventure and a strong passion burning within you. Celebrate thirty years together with a stunning bouquet of fresh lilies.
40th Gladiolas: The gladiola is a unique and luminous flower that brightens any room with its one of a kind beauty and charm. After forty years of marriage, your relationship is also totally unique and full of its own grace and charm. The gladiola is the official flower of fortieth wedding anniversaries because their long, slender shape and brilliantly coloured flowers symbolize the accumulation of all the wonderful memories and experiences that have transformed your lives. Celebrate your amazing time together with a luminous arrangement featuring the stately elegance of fresh gladioli.
50th Yellow Roses and Violets: If you are considering which flowers to buy your spouse to celebrate fifty years of marriage then we would like to take a second to wish you our most earnest congratulations. The official flowers of fifty years of marriage are yellow roses and violets. This is the only anniversary celebrated with two different flowers. These two flowers look amazing together. Yellow and purple are complimentary colours just as you and your spouse are complimentary. Together they make each other even more beautiful than they would be by themselves. This is true for you too. Celebrate half a century together with a fresh flower arrangement featuring these two gorgeous flowers. And cheers, here’s to many more years of happiness together.