Wedding Anniversary Meanings - History

The history of wedding anniversary meanings is an interesting one.

The origin of the 25th wedding anniversary symbol, which is silver, can be traced back to medieval Germany. When a couple had been married for 25 years they were honored by a silver wreath being placed on the head of the wife. If a couple made it to 50 years of marriage a gold wreath was used - thus the golden anniversary was born!

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Emily Post - considered to be an expert in etiquette wrote in 1922 traditional anniversary gifts for first, fifth, tenth, fifteenth, twentieth, twenty-fifth and fiftieth wedding anniversaries. This was not the first instance of the traditional anniversary gifts - Emily Post merely compiled the list from the accepted anniversary presents for each year.

Wedding Anniversary Gift Lists

Consider celebrating by taking a short break. Check out these ideas for wedding anniversary getaways for more ideas.

Visit The Intimate Couple website for tools and information on deepening intimacy in your marriage. As you keep your marriage relationship a priority, you and your spouse can anticipate celebrating many wedding anniversaries together!

Wedding anniversaries have been celebrated as long as there has been weddings, so anniversary celebrations are a very old tradition!

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Wedding Anniversary Symbols

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5 25
6 30
7 35
8 40
9 45
10 50
11 55
12 60
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More years are included on the full wedding anniversary gift list.

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