Celebrating your anniversary
Good news – the celebrations don’t stop just because you’ve got a gorgeous sparkler on your ring finger and have walked down the aisle! Wedding anniversaries are considered just as symbolic as the wedding itself, with a tradition of gift-giving that dates all the way back to the Middle Ages.
Much like weddings themselves, anniversary gifts have been reshaped over the years to keep up with the demands of contemporary trends. Here are some traditional and not so traditional ways you can celebrate with your loved one.
The 5th anniversary
Wood has traditionally been used to celebrate fifth anniversaries, symbolising the strength of a marriage. But if you’re not thrilled with the idea of receiving a tree as an anniversary gift, silver jewellery is another popular way to mark the milestone. For those who want to reserve silver for their 25th anniversary, keep with tradition and get creative with wooden gifts such as wooden poker sets, a picture puzzle, or even a woody fragrance.
The 10th anniversary
After 10 years of matrimonial bliss, what better way to affirm your love than with diamonds? From earrings, necklaces and even brooches – the options are endless. You could even add another diamond to your engagement or wedding ring. For those looking to stick with tradition, tin and aluminium are customary 10th anniversary emblems and can be used to create quirky gifts, from a simple can of beer to aluminium roses.
The 25th anniversary
Silver makes another appearance as the conventional 25th wedding anniversary gift. In keeping with tradition, shower your loved one with jewellery, picture frames or another wedding ring.
The 50th anniversary
While the joy of spending 50 years together is a gift in itself, a 50th wedding anniversary needs a suitably impressive offering to mark the occasion. Gold is traditionally used to celebrate 50 years together and few couples stray from this ritual. For those looking to add a nostalgic touch to the occasion, why not create a golden oldies playlist for your loved one? Or frame two photos: one of the two of you now and one of you on your wedding day 50 years ago.
Whether you choose the traditional or the not so traditional wedding anniversary route, the good news is that it’s up to you to add your own personal touches and make sure your loved one knows how much they really mean to you.
|Years Married||Anniversary Token||Traditional||Modern|
|4||Moonstone||Fruit or Flowers||Appliances|
|6||Peridot||Candy or Iron||Wood|
|7||Coral||Wool or Copper||Desk Sets|
|8||Opal||Bronze or Pottery||Linens or Lace|
|9||Citrine||Pottery & Willow||Leather|
|10||Turquoise||Tin or Aluminium||Diamond|
|12||Amethyst||Silk or Linen||Pearls|
|13||Agate||Lace||Textiles or Fur|