Don’t you love traditions? The tradition of celebrating your wedding anniversary has been around a long time. Most are aware that there is an extensive list of traditional and modern symbols for each anniversary. So where did the wedding anniversary meanings originally come from?
The origin of the 25th wedding anniversary symbol, which is silver, can be traced back to medieval Germany. When a couple had been married for 25 years they were honored by a silver wreath being placed on the head of the wife. If a couple made it to 50 years of marriage a gold wreath was used – thus the golden anniversary was born!
Worldwide this has been adopted as the standard for wedding anniversary celebrations. The silver and golden wedding anniversaries are well known worldwide, but what about the other years meanings?
Throughout time different materials became associated with the various wedding anniversaries, and eventually it was put into one big list – the traditional anniversary symbols. Later on some felt the traditional list was out of date, a new list was started – the modern anniversary symbols.
Celebrating a wedding anniversary is one of the most common worldwide customs. What symbol are you up to?
List of Wedding Anniversaries:
1st Year… Traditional – Paper – Modern – Clock
2nd Year… Traditional – Cotton/Straw – Modern – China
3rd Year… Traditional – Leather – Modern – Crystal/Glass
4th Year… Traditional – Books/Flowers/Fruit – Modern – Linen/Silk
5th Year… Traditional – Wood – Modern – Silverware
6th Year… Traditional – Iron/Sugar – Modern – Wood
7th Year… Traditional – Copper/Wool – Modern – Desk set
8th Year… Traditional – Bronze/Pottery – Modern – Lace/Linen
9th Year… Traditional – Pottery/Willow – Modern – Leather
10th Year… Traditional – Aluminum/Tin – Modern – Diamond jewelry
11th Year… Traditional – Steel – Modern – Fashion jewelry
12th Year… Traditional – Linen/Silk – Modern – Color gems/Pearls
13th Year… Traditional – Lace – Modern – Furs/Textiles
14th Year… Traditional – Ivory – Modern – Gold jewelry
15th Year… Traditional – Crystal – Modern – Watches
20th Year… Traditional – China – Modern – Platinum
25th Year… Traditional – Silver – Modern – Silver
30th Year… Traditional – Pearls – Modern – Diamond jewelry
35th Year… Traditional – Coral – Modern – Jade
40th Year… Traditional – Ruby – Modern – Ruby
45th Year… Traditional – Sapphire Modern – Sapphire
50th Year… Traditional – Gold – Modern – Gold
55th Year… Traditional – Emerald – Modern – Emerald
60th Year… Traditional – Diamond – Modern – Diamond
70th Year… Traditional – Diamond/Platinum – Modern – Platinum
75th Year… Traditional – Diamond – Modern – Diamond
When celebrating your wedding anniversary it can make it all the more special when the associated gifts are followed. It also gives you a great starting point for gift ideas!
Along with the traditional and modern lists there are associated gemstones and flowers with each wedding anniversary.