What are Wedding Anniversaries Called?

Naming wedding anniversaries started in Roman times when a man would present his wife with silver on their Silver wedding anniversary and gold on their 50th.

During the 19th Century the Victorians named many of the other anniversaries.  They only named the first 10 years, followed by each 5th year and then every 10th year. 

Modern commercialisation has meant that other years are named along with appropriate gift ideas.  Not all anniversaries have a name or associated gift.  I'm sure a commercial organisation will one day fill in the gaps for us!

 Year UK US Modern Flower
1 Cotton Paper Clock Pansy
2 Paper Cotton China Cosmos
3 Leather Leather Crystal Fuschia
4 Fruit and flowers Linen

Electrical
Appliances (?)

Garanium
5 Wood Wood Silverware Daisy
6 Sugar Iron Wood Calla Lily
7 Wool Wool Desk sets.. Jack-in-the-Pulpit
8 Bronze Bronze linens & lace Clematis
9 Pottery Pottery Leather goods Poppy
10 Tin Ton diamond
jewellery
Daffodil
11  .. Steel Fashion
Jewellery
Morning Glory
12 Silk & Linen Silk Pearls Peony
13  .. Lace Textiles Hollyhock
14  .. Ivory Gold
jewellery
Dahlia
15 Crystal Crystal Watches Rose
16  .. .. Silver
holloware
..
17  .. .. Furniture ..
18  .. .. Porcelain ..
19  .. .. Bronze ..
20 China China Platinum Lily
21 .. .. Brass, nickel ..
22 .. .. Copper ..
23 .. .. Silver plate ..
24  .. Opal Musical
instruments
..
25 Silver Silver Silver Iris
30 Pearl Pearl Diamond Sweet pea
35 Coral Coral Jade ..
40 Ruby Ruby Ruby Nasturtium
45  .. Sapphire Sapphire ..
50 Gold Gold Gold Violet
55  .. Emerald Emerald ..
60 Diamond .. Diamond ..
65  .. Blue Sapphire .. ..
70 Platinum .. .. ..
75  .. Diamond Gold Diamond Gold ..
80 Oak .. Diamond Pearl ..
85  .. Wine Wife's
birthstone
..
90 Stone .. .. ..


As our life expectancies increase, it is conceivable that many of us might reach our 100th anniversary.  Any ideas for what we can call that one?

Wedding anniversaries are not just a time for giving gifts (rarely we do!).  I think it is an opportunity to spend some quality time together.  I have an alternative wedding anniversaries naming system and am open to suggestions.

How are you spending yours?

 

 

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