Anniversaries are a lovely way to mark another year together as a couple. Ok, in theory, every day should be a celebration, but at least once a year it’s good to focus on what makes each other special and how wonderful it is that you’ve stood the test of time as a pair for another year.
According to Wikipedia, the idea of wedding anniversaries dates back as far as the Romans. It seems husbands would crown their wives with a silver wreath on the twenty-fifth anniversary of their marriage, and a gold wreath on the fiftieth. We carry this over today, so 25 is still the silver anniversary and 50 the golden. But did you know about the others? Yes, there are the “biggies”, but every year has a token gift associated with it. We thought it would be interesting to explore some of these.
The one-year anniversary used to be the “paper” anniversary (make that recycled paper please!)
though today sometimes people refer to is as the “clock” anniversary, presumably to mark the passage of time in reaching the one-year milestone. For the two-year anniversary, the modern interpretation is that this is “china” – so drink a nice cuppa together from your china cup gifts to each other
Three years is either “leather” (though why would you need a new sofa already?!)
or “crystal/glass” which makes more sense logically, since items like glassware may well have broken over three years so it’s a good opportunity to think about replacing them! For the four-year mark, oddly, these days a lot of people see this as the “electrical appliances” anniversary! We can just see that little gift-giving ceremony: “Oh honey, a new toaster, how romantic…!”
The five-year anniversary is either “wood” or “silverware”, while the sixth, at least in the UK, was always the “sugar” anniversary, so celebrate with something sweet for your loved one
Year seven is traditionally the “wool” anniversary
so wrap up if it’s cold where you are (and if it’s not, wrap yourselves up in your love for each other ) There are different traditions for the eighth, varying from salt (really?!) to bronze, to linens/lace, so take your pick! As for nine, some couples give each other gifts of copper or pottery; others give leather goods (hmm, a new wallet to save up for year 10…?)
So here we are at the 10th anniversary! Congratulations!
This is the “tin” year, though it’s become traditional to exchange gifts of diamond jewellery (so take a look at our range )
More to follow on anniversaries in future blog posts!