Wedding Anniversary Year Meanings

Giving gifts associated with anniversary year meanings is a romantic tradition. There are symbols that are traditional for each anniversary meaning up to 50 years. When you pay attention to wedding anniversary meanings, you can give a gift that is special and symbolic at the same time.

Here is the list of traditional anniversary year symbols for gift giving. This list will help you choose a gift that shows you know how long the marriage has lasted, and that you are in tune with romantic symbolism.

Included on this list are the traditional materials associated with each of the years designated. One wishing to give a gift with the materials has creative liberty to make something romantic from the choice material, or find a gift that uses the traditional gift symbol. For example, the first anniversary material is paper; one wouldn't give a blank piece of paper as a gift! Think of a paper-cut romantic scene that's framed, or a love poem written on handmade paper, and you're thinking of ways to make paper something romantic and memorable as a gift.

  • 1st anniversary: Paper
  • 2nd anniversary: Cotton
  • 3rd anniversary: Leather
  • 4th anniversary: Flowers
  • 5th anniversary: Wood
  • 6th anniversary: Candy or Iron
  • 7th anniversary: Copper or Wool
  • 8th anniversary: Bronze or pottery
  • 9th anniversary: Pottery or Willow
  • 10th anniversary: Tin or Aluminum
  • 11th anniversary: Steel
  • 12th anniversary: Silk or Linen
  • 13th anniversary: Lace
  • 14th anniversary: Ivory
  • 15th anniversary: Crystal
  • 16th anniversary: Silver
  • 17th anniversary: Furniture
  • 18th anniversary: Porcelain
  • 19th anniversary: Bronze
  • 20th anniversary: China
  • 25th anniversary: Silver
  • 30th anniversary: Pearl
  • 35th anniversary: Coral
  • 40th anniversary: Ruby
  • 45th anniversary: Sapphire
  • 50th anniversary: Gold
  • 55th anniversary: Emerald
  • 60th anniversary: Diamond
  • 70th anniversary: Diamond or Platinum
  • 75th anniversary: Diamond

After the 20th anniversary, there are no traditional themes associated with anniversaries unless the number ends in five. There is no traditional material associated with the 65th anniversary.

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