Anniversary Symbols: Discover the Meaning Behind Your Anniversary



Wedding anniversary symbols have helped couples mark their anniversaries throughout the ages. Each year has a symbolic material assigned to it. The more years that you’ve been married, the more durable and valuable is the material used to symbolise the anniversary. This is illustrated clearly by comparing the symbols associated with the first five anniversaries against the last five:

Year 1: Paper

Year 2: Cotton

Year 3: Leather

Year 4: Linen

Year 5 Wood

Year 50: Gold

Year 55: Emerald

Year 60: Diamond

Year 70: Platinum

Year 75: Diamond 

At one time the main anniversary symbols to be found on cards and gifts in card shops were those to celebrate 25, 40 and 50 years of marriage (silver, ruby and gold respectively). Like so many other Koobit  events, wedding anniversaries have become increasingly commercialised in recent years and this has meant that there is a far greater choice of gifts and cards inspired by anniversary symbols for a greater number of anniversaries.

One of the best reasons for learning the anniversary symbols is so that you can plan your anniversary gift accordingly. Paper, for example, symbolising a first wedding anniversary doesn’t necessarily mean writing paper. It could be a book that your partner has wanted to buy, or a gift voucher for a spa they’ve wanted to try out, or tickets for a sports event. Another “paper” related gift could be tickets for a romantic holiday for you and your partner!

Another way to incorporate these symbols into your anniversary celebration is to use them as a theme for a party. Whether you choose a romantic dinner for two, a small dinner party for close family and friends, or a large gathering of everyone you know, anniversary symbols can provide inspiration for the decorations, dress, or even parts of the menu. For example, if you are having a buffet, instead of placing cards with the actual name of each food item next to the serving tray, create a new name that ties into your anniversary year. Cotton could inspire you to have a summer barbeque style party with a Hawaiian theme where guests are encouraged to attend wearing bright cotton beach clothes rather than smart party attire. Think about what your next wedding anniversary symbol will be and think of a fun way to capture that in your wedding anniversary celebrations. Don’t just use the symbols literally however, consider how you can use the idea to create something special and ensure that your next wedding anniversary is something to remember!

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