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Celebrating a wedding anniversary

One, five, ten, fifty years of marriage are worth celebrating. After all, this is also what they mean by “For better…”

Wedding anniversaries should be celebrated every year. It is important to remember that you met, you fell in love and you decided to say “I do!” and love him forever. Let’s recall our first date to rekindle the flame and give special attention to that lovely person who shares our meals every day.

The origin

Wedding anniversaries are celebrated since the 18th century. First celebrated by the urban bourgeoisie, the tradition has spread to the countryside. At first, only the multiples of ten (10th, 20th, 30th) were celebrated with the family and then couples started celebrating privately every year.

The lists that we know today are pagan and we don’t know their exact origin. They appeared in the 19th century in France and in Russia and evolved in different places so the lists can vary from one city to another. Here is the classic list. Consider yourself lucky because the French have a uranium 85th anniversary. It would be quite an adventure to find an appropriate gift…

Year

Modern (U.S.)

1st

Paper , Cotton Clocks

2nd

Cotton, Paper, China

3rd

Leather, Crystal, glass

4th

Linen, silk, Fruit and flowers, Appliances

5th

Wood, Silverware

6th

Iron, Sugar, Wood objects

7th

Wool, copper, Desk sets

8th

Bronze, Salt, Linens, lace

9th

Pottery, Copper, Leather goods

 

Year

Modern (U.S.)

10th

Tin/Aluminium,  Diamond

11th

Steel, Fashion jewelry

12th

Silk, Pearls, colored gems

13th

Lace, Textiles, furs

14th

Ivory, Gold jewelry

15th

Crystal, Watches

16th

Silver holloware

17th

Furniture

18th

Porcelain

19th

Bronze

 

Year

Modern (U.S.)

20th

China, Platinum

21st

Brass, nickel

22nd

Copper

23rd

Silver plate

24th

Musical instruments

25th

Silver

26th

Original pictures

27th

Sculpture

28th

Orchids

29th

New furniture

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