Wedding Anniversary

A wedding anniversary is the anniversary of the date on which a wedding took place.

Wedding anniversaries are a very special time of year.This is a time in your life where you get to sit back and reflect, not only on the journey that you and your special someone has traveled, but you get to celebrate it. That is why it’s very important to celebrate the wedding anniversary every year.


The names of some anniversaries provide guidance for appropriate or traditional gifts for the spouses to give each other or if there is a party these can be brought by the guests or influence the theme or decoration. The names of the wedding anniversaries which are now common to most nations are : 5th Wooden, 10th Tin, 15th Crystal, 20th China, 25th Silver, 30th Pearl, 40th Ruby, 50th Golden, 60th Diamond, and if you’re lucky enough 80th Oak

The tradition originated in medieval Germany where if a married couple lived to celebrate the twenty fifth anniversary of their wedding, the wife was presented by her friends and neighbours with a silver wreath, partly to congratulate them for the good fortune that had prolonged the lives of the couple for so many years and partly in recognition of the fact they must have enjoyed a fairly harmonious relationship, on celebration of the fiftieth the wife received a wreath of gold.


These anniversaries were known as the silver wedding-day and the golden wedding-day. Over time the number of symbols has expanded and the German tradition was to assign gifts which had direct connections with each stage of married life.

The symbols may change 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.


A marriage is full of the good times and not so good times, but wedding anniversaries allow you to refocus on the marriage and put all of that behind you. To help celebrate this time in your life, it is very important to get the right gift that says I love you. If you are buying someone a wedding anniversary gift, it’s important to keep in mind that great wedding anniversary presents are even more important than the wedding gift that you got them. This is because every anniversary – whether it be the 1st or 50th wedding anniversary – is a milestone that you have crossed as a couple.

Each wedding anniversary is different. However, they each hold the same kind of value to them. The kinds of gifts you buy do can never replace the love and commitment you have for one another. An anniversary is a thing to be celebrated and enjoyed. Embrace your wedding anniversaries with the same love that you embrace your marriage with. Make sure you start with a wedding anniversary poem or verse, written on a card. This is a moment in your life that you will never forget.

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Posted in: Wedding Anniversary by Alyx | April 26th 2010 | no comments

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