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Your Wedding Anniversary Gift Guide

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by Laura Howes

As much as you’d like to put all the stress and decision-making behind you once your wedding day has been and gone, I must tell you that the strain of choosing correctly doesn’t end there! Yet, this time, it is all to do with your wedding anniversary years and selecting an appropriate gift as per tradition. So, what wedding anniversary is 1 year, 10 years, 50 years??

We’ve provided a handy list to help you pick a fitting gift each year.

 

Wedding Anniversaries By Year

Your first decade as a married couple will probably be your most memorable but, unfortunately, as tradition would have it, you won’t say the same for the presents you exchange. As you’ll see from the list below, the year by year conventions appear nothing more than ordinary so it is up to you to use your creativity in coming up with a thoughtful gift.

  • 1st Anniversary – Paper

    Meaning: A blank sheet of paper

  • 2nd Anniversary – Cotton

    Meaning: Intertwined threads

(www.notonthehighstreet.com)

  • 3rd Anniversary – Leather

    Meaning: Protective and durable

  • 4th Anniversary – Fruit and Flowers

    Meaning: Blossoming and ripening

  • 5th Anniversary – Wood

    Meaning: Strength and wisdom

(www.notonthehighstreet.com)

  • 6th Anniversary – Sugar

    Meaning: Life is sweet

  • 7th Anniversary – Copper and Wool

    Meaning: Warm and comforting

  • 8th Anniversary – Bronze

    Meaning: Combined strength

(etsy)

  • 9th Anniversary – Pottery or Willow

    Meaning: Beauty in Art

 

Celebrating 10 years and beyond

Give it a few more years (or two dozen!) and things start to get a little more exciting. Everyone loves receiving a thoughtful piece of jewellery on a special occasion and, after 25 years of wedded bliss, you can look forward to something shiny. Of course, the longer you have been married, the more special the trinkets become.

  • 10th Anniversary – Tin

    Meaning: Preserving and prolonging

  • 15th Anniversary – Crystal

    Meaning: Clarity

  • 20th Anniversary – China

    Meaning: Standing the test of time

(www.amazon.co.uk)

  • 30th Anniversary – Pearl

    Meaning: Hidden beauty

  • 35th Anniversary – Coral

    Meaning: Wards off danger and illness

  • 40th Anniversary – Ruby

    Meaning: Love

  • 45th Anniversary – Sapphire

    Meaning: Loyalty

(www.etsy.com)

  • 50th Anniversary – Gold

    Meaning: Prosperity and strength

  • 55th Anniversary – Emerald

    Meaning: Growth

  • 60th Anniversary – Diamond

    Meaning: Love, wealth, invincibility

(www.ebay.com)

  • 70th Anniversary – Platinum

    Meaning: Endurance

 

Showing your affection and gratitude

Now that you are up to speed on the wedding anniversary guide, you can start to think ahead about what you can give your loved one to show your affection. You can’t be expected to plan fifty years into the future, granted, but it is worth giving those first five years or so a think as, ideally, you want to start your life as newlyweds on a high!

A fun and creative way to begin exchanging presents is to set up a challenge amongst you… Who can top the other’s gift in terms of thoughtfulness? Who can spend the least yet produce a truly sentimental gift? It’s time to put on your thinking cap!