Anniversary Symbols And Colors By Year
What are the Anniversary Symbols?
The Anniversary symbols and colors have come about from all of the gift lists that have developed over the years, some of the traditional symbols originate as far back as the Middle Ages.
Every year you are together has a symbol to represent how you have both grown together. You will see from the lists below that as the years go by the Anniversary symbols get more valuable.
From as long as there are records men and women have celebrated love and it's nice to be part of that tradition of finding the best gift to fit with the theme.
Here you will find
Using the symbols as the theme of your gifts makes them even more special.
Anniversary Symbols & Gift Ideas
We have all of the years listed from all of the gift lists; traditional, modern, gemstones and even flowers. Finding the theme that you know they will love will make your Anniversary even more special.
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 Anniversary 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.
All The Anniversary Symbols & Meanings
Traditional Symbol: Paper gift ideasModern Symbol: ClockColor: YellowFlower: PansyGem: Mother of PearlMeaning: Paper represents the fragility of marriage and how you need to look after it.Shop for 1st Anniversary Gifts in our store
Traditional Symbol: Cotton or Straw gift ideasModern Symbol: ChinaColor: Linen WhiteFlower: CosmosGem: GarnetMeaning: Cotton represents the wiping of tears and the growing together.Shop for 2nd Anniversary Gifts in store
Traditional Symbol: Leather gift ideasModern Symbol: Crystal or GlassColor: Light BrownFlower: FuchsiaGem: MoonstoneMeaning: Leather represents how robust you have become, the strength you have and the protection you give to each other.Shop for 3rd Anniversary Gifts
Traditional Symbol: Flowers, Fruits, BooksModern Symbol: Silk or LinenColor: GreenFlower: GeraniumGem: Blue TopazFlowers represent the blossoming of your marriage.Shop 4th Anniversary Gifts in our store
Traditional Symbol: WoodModern Symbol: SilverwareColor: TurquoiseFlower: DaisiesGem: Rose QuartzMeaning: 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. Shop for 5th Anniversary Gifts in store
Traditional Symbol: Candy or Iron gift ideasModern Symbol: Wood - see traditional 5th anniversary gift ideasColor: WhiteFlower: Calla LillyGem: AmethystMeaning: 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.Shop 6th Anniversary Gifts
Traditional Symbol: Copper gift ideasModern Symbol: Desk SetColor: Off-whiteFlower: Jack-in-the-pulpitGem: Yellow sapphire or OnyxMeaning: Copper is a mineral full of energy and known for its healing properties it represents how you are looking after each other.Shop 7th Anniversary Gifts in store
Traditional Symbol: Pottery or Bronze gift ideasModern Symbol: Linen and LaceColor: BronzeFlower: ClematisGem: TourmalineMeaning: Bronze is a metal alloy, a mixture of tin and copper and very strong, just like the two of you are strong together.
Traditional Symbol: Willow or Pottery gift ideasModern Symbol: LeatherColor: TerracottaFlower: PoppyGem: Lapis LazulMeaning: Pottery gifts represent how time changes you both and that together you have become something beautiful and useful.
Traditional Symbol: AluminumModern Symbol: Diamond jewelryColor: SilverFlower: DaffodilsGem: Blue Sapphire, DiamondMeaning: Tin is useful, practical and preserves and is something you cannot leave with out. Just like the two of you.Shop 10th Anniversary Gifts
The 10th wedding anniversary is usually a milestone in a married couple's life. Ten years 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!
Traditional Symbol: SteelModern Symbol: Fashion jewelryColor: TurquoiseFlower: Morning GloryGem: TurquioseMeaning: Steel is one of the strongest metals, showing the strength of both of you together.Shop 11th Anniversary Gifts
Traditional Symbol: Silk and LinenModern Symbol: Colored Gems or PearlsColor: Oyster WhiteFlower: PeonyGem: JadeMeaning: 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.Shop 12th Anniversary Gifts
Traditional Symbol: LaceModern Symbol: Faux FurColor: WhiteFlower: HollyhockGem: CitrineMeaning: Lace represents beauty and your marriage is a thing of beauty and one to be treasured.Shop 13th Anniversary Gifts
Traditional Symbol: Ivory - we have lots of ethical and alternative ivory themed gift ideas Modern Symbol: Gold JewelryColor: IvoryFlower: DahliaGem: OpalMeaning: Ivory has always been rare and sought after, your marriage is just that too, unique to you both and treasure.
Traditional Symbol: Crystal gift ideasModern Symbol: WatchesColor: Ruby RedFlower: RoseGem: Rhodolite GarnetMeaning: There are many meanings of a Crystal anniversary; strength, beauty and a crystal clear understanding of each other.Shop 15th Anniversary Gifts
Traditional Symbol: ChinaModern Symbol: PlatinumColor: Emerald GreenFlower: Day LilyGem: EmeraldMeaning: China represents how you need to look after your marriage, it is more beautiful when it is cared for.Shop for 20th Anniversary Gifts
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.
Traditional Symbol: Silver gift ideasModern Symbol: SilverColor: SilverFlower: IrisGem: Silver or Green GarnetMeaning: Silver has always been a prized gift, it shines just like the two of you after twenty five years of marriage.Shop for 25th Anniversary Gifts
As far back as the Middle Ages Silver and Gold wreaths were given by husbands to their wives to celebrate their 25th and 50th Anniversaries. Due to shorter life expectancy it was a rare event to be celebrating such a milestone Anniversary and only the rich could afford such a luxurious gift. Those that couldn't afford it would look to symbolic gifts to celebrate their Anniversary. (source: Debretts)
Traditional Symbol: Pearl gift ideasModern Symbol: Diamond gift ideasColor: GreenFlower: LilyGem: PearlMeaning: Pearls grow from a small speck into a treasure and over the thirty years so has your marriage.Shop for 30th Anniversary Gifts
Traditional Symbol: CoralModern Symbol: JadeColor: CoralFlower: Red RosesGem: CoralMeaning: Coral symbolizes immortality and happiness.
Traditional Symbol: Ruby gift ideasModern Symbol: RubyColor: Ruby RedFlower: NasturtiumGem: RubyMeaning: Rubies represent passion and protection, there is a fire that burns brightly inside these stones, just like your marriage of forty years.Shop for 40th Anniversary Gifts
Traditional Symbol: SapphireModern Symbol: SapphireColor: Sapphire RedFlower: any bouquet of flowers of blue, orange, yellow, pink and purpleGem: SapphireMeaning: 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.
Traditional Symbol: Gold gift ideasModern Symbol: goldColor: goldFlower: violetGem: Golden Meaning: Nothing shines brighter than gold and your love shines brightly after fifty years.Shop for 50th Anniversary Gifts in store
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.
Traditional Symbol: EmeraldModern Symbol: EmeraldColor: Emerald GreenFlower: Bouquet of flowersGemstone: AlexandriteMeaning: Emeralds are the stone of lovers.
Traditional Symbol: Diamond gift ideasModern Symbol: GoldColor: WhiteFlower: Bouquet of flowersGem: Star Ruby or DiamondMeaning: Nothing is stronger than diamonds, nothing can break you after sixty and seventy years of marriage.
70th Wedding Anniversary Symbols
Traditional Symbol: DiamondModern Symbol: Platinum or IronColor: Diamond WhiteFlower: Bouquet of FlowersGem: Smoky Quartz
75th Wedding Anniversary Symbols
Traditional Symbol: DiamondModern Symbol: DiamondColor: DiamondFlower: Bouquet of flowersGem: Diamond
80th Wedding Anniversary Symbols
80 years are celebrated with oakMeaning: Wisdom and strength come with eighty years of marriage.
Anniversary Symbols By Year
Anniversary Colors By Year
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.
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.
What Are The Different Anniversary Milestones?
People often refer to big Anniversaries as milestones and plan big Anniversary parties and vow renewals round them.
- Your first Anniversary milestone is your 5th Anniversary which is traditionally celebrated with wood
- Your second Anniversary milestone is your 10th Anniversary and this is traditionally celebrated with tin or aluminum
- Your third Anniversary milestone is your 15th Anniversary and this is traditionally celebrated with crystals
- Your fourth Anniversary milestone is your 20th Anniversary and this is traditionally celebrated with china
- Your fifth Anniversary milestone is your 25th Anniversary and is celebrated with silver
- Your sixth Anniversary milestone is your 30th Anniversary and this is celebrated with Pearls
- Your seventh Anniversary milestone is your 40th Anniversary and is traditionally celebrated with rubies
- Your eighth Anniversary milestone is your 50th Anniversary and this is celebrated with gold
- Your ninth and tenth Anniversary milestone is your 60th and 65th Anniversary, they are both described as your Diamond Anniversaries.
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