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This afternoon I would like to talk about Wedding Anniversaries. Once you are married, the wedding anniversary is a big time to celebrate. Whether it be your first year or 10 years into your marriage, remembering the date you and your loved one became an official couple is something that should be celebrated. With this celebration and fond reminiscence of your perfect day often comes a gift! But how do you keep track of what date signifies what? Well the lovely people at I Just Love it have been kind enough to put together a super helpful infographic, as well as putting together a comprehensive list of ideas for gifts for each significant year you celebrate being married.
‘Be ahead of the game with this anniversary gifts by year guide. Each year the gift changes with a completely different meaning, so it’s hard to keep up. In this anniversary gift guide, you’ll find an idea for each year up to the big 50, so you’ll never be stuck for a theme again. These gift ideas will suit every budget, big or small. If you’re still stuck for ideas, personalised wedding gifts are always a great option.’
For your first anniversary, you’ll want something to remember the occasion with. A traditional gift for cotton would be a blanket, but go one step further with personalised pillow cases. These can be personalised with your initials, a quote that you both love or simply ‘his’ and ‘hers’. Either way, you’ll look at these pillows with a smile as you remember the joy of that special day one year ago.
Paper seems a bit of an odd gift choice but it’s so varied that anyone could choose a great gift under this brief. A popular gift to give is a framed wedding photo from the big day, or a simple book. If you’re looking to go outside the box, get paper flowers that can be enjoyed for years to come – to really go with the theme, get yellow or gold flowers to signify your two years together.
Like paper, leather seems an odd choice for an anniversary gift but it signifies that the relationship is durable, strong and flexible, as there’s no doubt in your three years you’ve had to overcome a few issues together. The traditional gift to give for this year is a wallet or keyring, but we suggest something slightly more special and gift your spouse a leather journal. This can be used as a diary, a notebook or simply a place to keep notes to remember those special moments.
Giving someone a plant as a gift is much better than flowers – they can nurture the plant and really take care of it. If it can go in the garden, the recipient will be proud of this whenever they see it and will be reminded of you and their fourth wedding anniversary.
You’re probably thinking wood isn’t a very exciting gift to give someone for their wedding anniversary, but the meaning is actually quite nice…
Wood represents a strong, long-lasting relationship and signifies the strength of your marriage that has lasted for 5 years so far, so why not celebrate this occasion with a beautiful wooden keepsake box to fill with memories of your marriage?
This will become a great way to remind you of the things you got up to, and you can add to it throughout your marriage. If that’s not your style, why not update your garden with a new wooden bench, or splash the cash and get a new bed for your fifth year of marriage.
20 years! 2 decades. The traditional gift for this anniversary is China, so the one everyone thinks of straight away is a China tea set or plates. We’re sure after 20 years you’ve got some lovely crockery, so we suggest china flowers. These can be on display all year round, marking the occasion well.
If your budget allows, why not go to China and have an unforgettable experience…
A quarter of a century, that’s a great achievement and one you should definitely celebrate! By 25 years, we’re sure you’ll have a lovely family that you’d love to have photos of around your home. To invest in a silver photo frame would be a great way to celebrate, and create a potential heirloom that your family would want to keep for generations.
Choosing your own pearl for a spouse is not only a great gift idea, but it can be as expensive as you like. Picking out the oyster itself normally is a set price, with jewellery options to suit every budget. Don’t like jewellery? Why not just choose a pearl each and keep them in a special place to remind you of the great 30 years of marriage you’ve had.
What better way to celebrate a Ruby wedding anniversary than to drink ruby beverages. Wine tasting is a great way to celebrate a Ruby wedding anniversary, and a day out you’ll (hopefully) remember for years to come. Yes, cufflinks, tie pins and rings are useful and would be a nice way to remind your spouse of your 40 years of marriage, but sometimes it’s nice to experience activities together rather than something material.
At this length of time of marriage, you may want to remind yourselves of the big day you are celebrating. Why not go out for a lovely meal just the two of you, or celebrate with the family you have created during this time. For something extra special, try to recreate your wedding breakfast menu at home. This will create new memories and remind you of the older ones.
A golden wedding anniversary is the big one! Celebrate with a big party with all your friends and family, and make it gold themed.
Congratulations to any married couple that has celebrated 50 years of marriage.
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