The meaning of anniversaries

Anniversary celebrations began in medieval times when people celebrated 25 and 50 years of marriage. A husband would crown his wife with a wreath of silver for 25 years and of gold for 50. This is’s guide to the meaning of wedding anniversaries.


1st anniversary: Paper
2nd: Cotton
3rd: Leather
4th: Linen
5th: Wood


6th: Iron
7th: Wool
8th: Bronze
9th: Pottery/willow
10th: Tin


11th: Steel
12th: Silk
13th: Lace
14th: Ivory
15th: Crystal


16th: Topaz
17th: Amethyst
18th: Garnet
19th: Aquamarine
20th: China


25th: Silver
30th: Pearl
40th: Ruby
50th: Gold
55th: Emerald


60th: Diamond
70th: Platinum
75th: Diamond