First Anniversary Through The Tenth Anniversary
“Love is not about how many days, months, or years you have been together. Love is about how much you love each other every single day.”
First Anniversary: Paper
Paper Represents: fragile new love
Examples: Cards, Hand written Love Letters, Newspaper clippings of “on this day”.
Modern Tradition: Clock
Color: Yellow or Gold
Gemstone: Mother of Pearl
Start a photo album or scrapbook of your adventures together. Make a collage with newspaper clippings from the day you were married.
Buy tickets to a live event.
Second Anniversary: Cotton
Cotton Represents comfort, flexibility, and strength.
“Chains do not hold a marriage together. It is threads, hundreds of tiny threads, which sew people together through the years.”
Color: Red or Linen White
Modern Tradition: China
Flower: Lilly of the Valley
Cotton sheets. Not necessarily the most exciting gift but one the two of you can share.
Third Anniversary: Leather
Leather represents warmth, durability and resilience
Color: White or Jade Green
Modern Tradition: Crystal or Glass
Gift Suggestions: Leather book or Journal, Leather Bag or Purse, Leather Jacket or Shoes
Fourth Anniversary: Fruit and Flowers
Fruit and Flowers represent the growth, blossoming, and ripening of a relationship.
Color: Blue or Green
Modern Tradition: Electrical Appliances
Gemstone: Blue Topaz
Fruit and Flowers are one of the easiest ideas on this list. This can definitely be done DIY or by ordering from your local florist.
Fifth Anniversary: Wood
Wood Represents: a durable and long-lasting bond.
These used to be hand carved items. Items from the heart.
Examples: Planting a tree together and watching it grow over the years. Plan a camping trip or visit the local arboretum.
Celebrate year 1 and year 5 by gifting a wooden clock!
Modern Tradition: Silverware
Represents the many meals you have shared together and the connection made during this time.
Examples: Plan to have a meal together with your new silverware. Decorate with daisies and wooden candle holders.
Color: Pink or Turquoise
Gemstone: Rose Quartz (Often called “The love stone”)
Gift Suggestions: Wooden Sculpture, Wood Wine Glasses, Wooden Rocking Chair
Sixth Anniversary: Candy or Iron
Candy represents the sweetness of the marriage. Iron represents durability.
Color: Purple, Turquoise, or White
Modern Tradition: Wood
Seventh Anniversary: Wool and copper
Both items represent safety and security, warmth and comfort.
Color: Onyx, Yellow, or Off White
Modern Tradition: Desk sets / Pen and Pencil sets
Eighth Anniversary: Bronze
Bronze represents timelessness, toughness, and resilance.
Color: Tourmaline, Tanzanite, or Bronze
Modern Tradition: Linens and Lace
Ninth Anniversary: Pottery or Willow
Willow and pottery represent nature and simplicity.
Color: Lapis Lazuli, Purple, Green, or Terracotta
Modern Tradition: Leather
Gemstone: Lapis Lazuli
Flower: Bird of Paradise
Tenth Anniversary: Tin or Aluminum
Tin Represents how a marriage needs to be flexible and durable without breaking.
Modern Tradition: Diamonds
It’s ok to splurge and give diamond earrings or necklace. After all you are celebrating a decade together! Diamonds are beautiful and durable just like your marriage.
Color: Blue or Silver
Gemstone: crystal or green tourmaline