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Anniversary Symbols And Colors By Year

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Ever wondered what all the Anniversary Symbols and colors are and their meanings? We have all of the years listed from all of the gift lists; traditional, modern, gemstones and even flowers. Click on the link to find out even more.

  • The symbols and colors have come about from all of the gift lists that have developed over the years. 
  • Some of them originate as far back as the Middle Ages
  • From as long as there are records men and women have celebrated love and it's nice to be part of that tradition.

Gift Ideas & Symbols For Your Anniversary

Go straight to your anniversary year to find out the symbols from each of the lists.

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11 12 13 14 15 16

17 18 19 20 21 22 25 29 30

35 40 45 50 55 60 65

When you are planning a party or trying to think of a theme then these symbols can really help you come up with the big idea. The great thing is that they will be linked to the year you are celebrating.

1st Wedding Anniversary

  • Traditional Symbol: Paper gift ideas
  • Modern Symbol: Clock
  • Color: Yellow
  • Flower: Pansy
  • Gem: Mother of Pearl
  • Meaning: Paper represents the fragility of marriage and how you need to look after it.
  • 1st anniversary symbol

    2nd Wedding Anniversary

  • Traditional Symbol: Cotton or Straw gift ideas
  • Modern Symbol: China
  • Color: Linen White
  • Flower: Cosmos
  • Gem: Garnet
  • Meaning: Cotton represents the wiping of tears and the growing together.

  • cotton anniversary gift

    3rd Wedding Anniversary

  • Traditional Symbol: Leather gift ideas
  • Modern Symbol: Crystal or Glass
  • Color: Light Brown
  • Flower: Fuchsia
  • Gem: Moonstone
  • Meaning: Leather represents how robust you have become, the strength you have and the protection you give to each other.
  • leather anniversary bracelet

    4th Wedding Anniversary

  • Traditional Symbol: Flowers, Fruits, Books
  • Modern Symbol: Silk or Linen
  • Color: Green
  • Flower: Geranium
  • Gem: Blue Topaz
  • Flowers represent the blossoming of your marriage.
  • 4th anniversary flowers

    5th Wedding Anniversary

  • Traditional Symbol: Wood
  • Modern Symbol: Silverware
  • Color: Turquoise
  • Flower: Daisies
  • Gem: Rose Quartz
  • Meaning: Wood represents your strength as a couple and how over the past five years you have grown the roots that will hold you strong together. 
  • wooden anniversary gift

    6th Wedding Anniversary

  • Traditional Symbol: Candy or Iron gift ideas
  • Modern Symbol: Wood - see traditional 5th anniversary gift ideas
  • Color: White
  • Flower: Calla Lilly
  • Gem: Amethyst
  • Meaning: Candy for sweetness and a gentle reminder that fun in your marriage is important too, combined with the strength of iron shows how united you both are.
  • iron anniversary statue

    7th Wedding Anniversary

  • Traditional Symbol: Copper gift ideas
  • Modern Symbol: Desk Set
  • Color: Off-white
  • Flower: Jack-in-the-pulpit
  • Gem: Yellow sapphire or Onyx
  • Meaning: Copper is a mineral full of energy and known for its healing properties it represents how you are looking after each other.
  • 7th anniversary symbol

    8th Wedding Anniversary

  • Traditional Symbol: Pottery or Bronze gift ideas
  • Modern Symbol: Linen and Lace
  • Color: Bronze
  • Flower: Clematis
  • Gem: Tourmaline
  • Meaning: Bronze is a metal alloy, a mixture of tin and copper and very strong, just like the two of you are strong together. 
  • 8th anniversary symbol is bronze

    9th Wedding Anniversary

  • Traditional Symbol: Willow or Pottery gift ideas
  • Modern Symbol: Leather
  • Color: Terracotta
  • Flower: Poppy
  • Gem: Lapis Lazul
  • Meaning: Pottery gifts represent how time changes you both and that together you have become something beautiful and useful.
  • pottery 9th anniversary rose

    10th Wedding Anniversary

  • Traditional Symbol: Aluminum
  • Modern Symbol: Diamond jewelry
  • Color: Silver
  • Flower: Daffodils
  • Gem: Blue Sapphire, Diamond
  • Meaning: Tin is useful, practical and preserves and is something you cannot leave with out. Just like the two of you.
  • tin anniversary vase

    The 10th wedding anniversary is usually a milestone in a married couple's life. Ten years is ten years and it is an anniversary worth celebrating. Children might be a part of the equation now. "ME" time for the married couple might be somehow affected by the nitty-gritty of family life. Don't let the kids affect your celebration. Make them part of the celebration. Anniversary symbols are tin and diamonds!

    11th Wedding Anniversary

  • Traditional Symbol: Steel
  • Modern Symbol: Fashion jewelry
  • Color: Turquoise
  • Flower: Morning Glory
  • Gem: Turquiose
  • Meaning: Steel is one of the strongest metals, showing the strength of both of you together.
  • 11th anniversary steel

    12th Wedding Anniversary

  • Traditional Symbol: Silk and Linen
  • Modern Symbol: Colored Gems or Pearls
  • Color: Oyster White
  • Flower: Peony
  • Gem: Jade
  • Meaning: Silk and Linen are made of thousands of threads, their beauty is in how they come together. Your marriage has many threads, shared love, years, experiences and they are all holding you together.
  • silk scarf

    13th Wedding Anniversary

  • Traditional Symbol: Lace
  • Modern Symbol: Faux Fur
  • Color: White
  • Flower: Hollyhock
  • Gem: Citrine
  • Meaning: Lace represents beauty and your marriage is a thing of beauty and one to be treasured.
  • lace anniversary card

    14th Wedding Anniversary

  • Traditional Symbol: Ivory - we have lots of ethical and alternative ivory themed gift ideas 
  • Modern Symbol: Gold Jewelry
  • Color: Ivory
  • Flower: Dahlia
  • Gem: Opal
  • Meaning: Ivory has always been rare and sought after, your marriage is just that too, unique to you both and treasured.
  • 14th anniversary symbol - ethical ivory

    15th Wedding Anniversary

  • Traditional Symbol: Crystal gift ideas
  • Modern Symbol: Watches
  • Color: Ruby Red
  • Flower: Rose
  • Gem: Rhodolite Garnet
  • Meaning: There are many meanings of a Crystal anniversary; strength, beauty and a crystal clear understanding of each other.
  • crystal anniversary roses

    20th Wedding Anniversary

  • Traditional Symbol: China
  • Modern Symbol: Platinum
  • Color: Emerald Green
  • Flower: Day Lily
  • Gem: Emerald
  • Meaning: China represents how you need to look after your marriage, it is more beautiful when it is cared for.
  • mr and mrs mug

    The 15th and 20th anniversaries are important milestones too. These occasions are celebrated by the whole family as the couple's children are probably in their teens or late childhood already. Fifteen and twenty years of marriage are traditionally celebrated, though in a quiet and small scale way. The 25th wedding anniversary is commonly known as the silver wedding anniversary and the anniversary symbols are silver. In some countries, the 25th wedding anniversary is celebrated with a renewal of wedding vows.

    25th Wedding Anniversary

  • Traditional Symbol: Silver gift ideas
  • Modern Symbol: Silver
  • Color: Silver
  • Flower: Iris
  • Gem: Silver or Green Garnet
  • Meaning: Silver has always been a prized gift, it shines just like the two of you after twenty five years of marriage.
  • silver bracelet

    30th Wedding Anniversary

  • Traditional Symbol: Pearl gift ideas
  • Modern Symbol: Diamond gift ideas
  • Color: Green
  • Flower: Lily
  • Gem: Pearl
  • Meaning: Pearls grow from a small speck into a treasure and over the thirty years so has your marriage.
  • 30th anniversary pearls

    35th Wedding Anniversary

  • Traditional Symbol: Coral
  • Modern Symbol: Jade
  • Color: Coral
  • Flower: Red Roses
  • Gem: Coral
  • Meaning: Coral symbolizes immortality and happiness.
  • coral

    40th Wedding Anniversary

  • Traditional Symbol: Ruby gift ideas
  • Modern Symbol: Ruby
  • Color: Ruby Red
  • Flower: Nasturtium
  • Gem: Ruby
  • Meaning: Rubies represent passion and protection, there is a fire that burns brightly inside these stones, just like your marriage of forty years.
  • ruby anniversary ring

    45th Wedding Anniversary

  • Traditional Symbol: Sapphire
  • Modern Symbol: Sapphire
  • Color: Sapphire Red
  • Flower: any bouquet of flowers of blue, orange, yellow, pink and purple
  • Gem: Sapphire
  • Meaning: Sapphires are the stone of wisdom, something that forty five years of marriage represents, the wisdom of time together and the knowledge of how important you are to each other.
  • sapphires

    50th Wedding Anniversary

  • Traditional Symbol: Gold gift ideas
  • Modern Symbol: gold
  • Color: gold
  • Flower: violet
  • Gem: Golden 
  • Meaning: Nothing shines brighter than gold and your love shines brightly after fifty years.
  • gold bars

    The 50th wedding anniversary is truly a momentous event. Not every couple loves and are lucky enough to share half a century of married bliss. It is but fitting for the golden couple to renew their vows with their family and friends as witnesses. Anniversary symbol is gold.

    55th Wedding Anniversary

  • Traditional Symbol: Emerald
  • Modern Symbol: Emerald
  • Color: Emerald Green
  • Flower: Bouquet of flowers
  • Gem: Alexandrite
  • Meaning: Emeralds are the stone of lovers.
  • emeralds are the stones of lovers

    60th Wedding Anniversary

  • Traditional Symbol: Diamond gift ideas
  • Modern Symbol: Gold
  • Color: White
  • Flower: Bouquet of flowers
  • Gem: Star Ruby or Diamond
  • Meaning: Nothing is stronger than diamonds, nothing can break you after sixty and seventy years of marriage.
  • 70th Wedding Anniversary

  • Traditional Symbol: Diamond
  • Modern Symbol: Platinum or Iron
  • Color: Diamond White
  • Flower: Bouquet of Flowers
  • Gem: Smoky Quartz
  • 75th Wedding Anniversary

  • Traditional Symbol: Diamond
  • Modern Symbol: Diamond
  • Color: Diamond
  • Flower: Bouquet of flowers
  • Gem: Diamond
  • 80th Wedding Anniversary

  • 80 years are celebrated with oak
  • Meaning: Wisdom and strength come with eighty years of marriage.
  • Anniversary Colors

    The colors come from the colors of the traditional gifts and to make it easier to see we have put them together in their very own color wheel.

    anniversary colors

    The funny thing about anniversary colors is that there are a number of duplicates, each anniversary does not have it's own distinct color. Quite a few are in different shades of white and this is because the anniversary colors are linked to the traditional and modern anniversary lists. The colors represent the gift of that year.

    Take a look at the full list of anniversary colors and the meaning behind the colors.

    anniversary flowers

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