Wedding Anniversary Traditions

Wedding Anniversary GiftsTradition tells us that each wedding anniversary should be celebrated by giving your loved one a gift made from a different material.  Paper symbolizes the first year of marriage, but with each passing year, the gifts become more precious or more rare.  This progression is meant to symbolize the growth in a couple’s relationship through the years.

The origins of the traditional list are not known, however some of the traditions are believed to date back to medieval times.  Today, we accompany these traditions with a more modern list that not only offers greater variety, but in many cases, puts a higher value on earlier anniversaries.  In addition, a list of jewelry and gemstone traditions offers recommendations for those who prefer to adorn their loved one with something truly precious each year.

Year Traditional Modern
1
paper clocks
2
cotton, straw, calico china
3
leather crystal or glass
4
flowers, fruit, books appliances
5
wood silverware
6
iron or sugar wood
7
copper, wool, brass desk sets
8
bronze, rubber linens & laces
9
pottery leather
10
tin or aluminum diamond jewelry
11
steel fashion jewelry
12
silk or fine linen pearls
13
lace textiles or furs
14
ivory or agate gold jewelry
15
crystal, glass watches
20
china platinum
25
silver silver
30
pearl diamond
35
coral jade
40
ruby or garnet ruby
45
sapphire sapphire
50
gold gold
55
emerald, turquoise emerald
60
diamond diamond
75
diamond diamond