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Anniversary Symbols And Colors By Year

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Anniversary symbols have come about from all of the gift lists that have developed over the years. The symbols literally are the gifts and 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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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
  • 2nd Wedding Anniversary

  • Traditional Symbol: Cotton or Straw gift ideas
  • Modern Symbol: China
  • Color: Linen White
  • Flower: Cosmos
  • Gem: Garnet
  • 3rd Wedding Anniversary

  • Traditional Symbol: Leather gift ideas
  • Modern Symbol: Crystal or Glass
  • Color: Light Brown
  • Flower: Fuchsia
  • Gem: Moonstone
  • 4th Wedding Anniversary

  • Traditional Symbol: Flowers, Fruits, Books
  • Modern Symbol: Silk or Linen
  • Color: Green
  • Flower: Geranium
  • Gem: Blue Topaz
  • 5th Wedding Anniversary

  • Traditional Symbol: Wood
  • Modern Symbol: Silverware
  • Color: Turquoise
  • Flower: Daisies
  • Gem: Rose Quartz
  • 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
  • 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
  • 8th Wedding Anniversary

  • Traditional Symbol: Pottery or Bronze gift ideas
  • Modern Symbol: Linen and Lace
  • Color: Bronze
  • Flower: Clematis
  • Gem: Tourmaline
  • 9th Wedding Anniversary

  • Traditional Symbol: Willow or Pottery gift ideas
  • Modern Symbol: Leather
  • Color: Terracotta
  • Flower: Poppy
  • Gem: Lapis Lazul
  • 10th Wedding Anniversary

  • Traditional Symbol: Aluminum
  • Modern Symbol: Diamond jewelry
  • Color: Silver
  • Flower: Daffodils
  • Gem: Blue Sapphire, Diamond
  • 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
  • 12th Wedding Anniversary

  • Traditional Symbol: Silk and Linen
  • Modern Symbol: Colored Gems or Pearls
  • Color: Oyster White
  • Flower: Peony
  • Gem: Jade
  • 13th Wedding Anniversary

  • Traditional Symbol: Lace
  • Modern Symbol: Faux Fur
  • Color: White
  • Flower: Hollyhock
  • Gem: Citrine
  • 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
  • 15th Wedding Anniversary

  • Traditional Symbol: Crystal gift ideas
  • Modern Symbol: Watches
  • Color: Ruby Red
  • Flower: Rose
  • Gem: Rhodolite Garnet
  • 20th Wedding Anniversary

  • Traditional Symbol: China
  • Modern Symbol: Platinum
  • Color: Emerald Green
  • Flower: Day Lily
  • Gem: Emerald
  • 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
  • 30th Wedding Anniversary

  • Traditional Symbol: Pearl gift ideas
  • Modern Symbol: Diamond gift ideas
  • Color: Green
  • Flower: Lily
  • Gem: Pearl
  • 35th Wedding Anniversary

  • Traditional Symbol: Coral
  • Modern Symbol: Jade
  • Color: Coral
  • Flower: Red Roses
  • Gem: Coral
  • 40th Wedding Anniversary

  • Traditional Symbol: Ruby gift ideas
  • Modern Symbol: Ruby
  • Color: Ruby Red
  • Flower: Nasturtium
  • Gem: Ruby
  • 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
  • 50th Wedding Anniversary

  • Traditional Symbol: Gold gift ideas
  • Modern Symbol: gold
  • Color: gold
  • Flower: violet
  • Gem: Golden 
  • 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 symbols are gold.

    55th Wedding Anniversary

  • Traditional Symbol: Emerald
  • Modern Symbol: Emerald
  • Color: Emerald Green
  • Flower: Bouquet of flowers
  • Gem: Alexandrite
  • 60th Wedding Anniversary

  • Traditional Symbol: Diamond gift ideas
  • Modern Symbol: Gold
  • Color: White
  • Flower: Bouquet of flowers
  • Gem: Star Ruby or Diamond
  • 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
  • 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.

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