Wedding Anniversary List: Names by Years Married

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Published 2011-06-27 (Rev. 2015-06-04) -- A list of wedding anniversaries by year that includes the names of materials symbols and flowers associated with the anniversary.

Author: Ian Langtree - Contact: Disabled World

Quote: "In the United States, one can receive a greeting from the President for any wedding anniversary on or after the 50th."

Definition: Defining the Meaning of Wedding Anniversary

A wedding anniversary is defined as the anniversary of the date a wedding took place. Traditional names exist for some of them: for instance, 50 years of marriage is called a "golden wedding anniversary" or simply a "golden anniversary" or "golden wedding".

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What is a Wedding Anniversary? A wedding anniversary is the anniversary of the date a wedding took place.

On a wedding anniversary in many countries it is traditional to give a gift to your partner (or couples) that symbolize the number of years of marriage.

The names of some wedding anniversaries provide guidance for appropriate or traditional gifts for the spouses to give each other; if there is a party to celebrate the wedding anniversary these gifts can be brought by the guests and/or influence the theme or decoration of the venue.

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Lists of wedding anniversary gifts vary by country.

Listed below is a list of wedding anniversaries by year that includes materials, symbols, and flowers associated with the occasion.

Wedding anniversary names common to most nations include:

Wooden (5th), Tin (10th), Crystal (15th), China (20th), Silver (25th), Pearl (30th), Ruby (40th), Golden (50th), and Diamond (60th).

Wedding Anniversary Gifts List
YearU.S.U.K.U.S. ModernFlower
1stPaperPaperClockCarnation
2ndCottonCottonChinaLily of the valley
3rdLeatherLeatherCrystal, glassSunflower
4thLinen, silkFruit and flowersAppliances (electrical)Hydrangea
5thWoodWoodSilverwareDaisy
6thIronSugarWood objectsCalla
7thWool, copperWoolenDesk sets
pen and pencil sets
Freesia
8thBronzeBronzeLinens, laceLilac
9thPotteryPotteryLeather goodsBird of paradise
10thTin, AluminumTinDiamond jewelryDaffodil
11thSteel-Fashion jewelry
accessories
Tulip
12thSilkSilk and fine linenPearls
colored gems
Peony
13thLace-Textiles, fursChrysanthemum
14thIvory-Gold jewelryDahlia
15thCrystalCrystalWatchesRose
16th--Silver Holloware-
17th--Furniture-
18th--Porcelain-
19th--Bronze-
20thChinaChinaPlatinumAster
21st--Nickel-
22nd--Copper-
23rd--Silver plate-
24thOpal-Musical instruments-
25thSilverSilverSilverIris
28th---Orchid
30thPearlPearlDiamondLily
35thCoral, jadeCoralJade-
40thRubyRubyRubyGladiolus
45thSapphire-Sapphire-
50thGoldGoldGoldYellow roses
violets
55thEmerald-Emerald-
60thDiamond (yellow)DiamondDiamond-
65th-Blue sapphire--
70th-Platinum--
75thDiamond, gold-Diamond, gold-
80th-OakDiamond, pearl-
85th-WineWife's birthstone-
90th-Stone--

International Costume, Engagement and Wedding Ring Sizes

Ring Size Conversions Table
US/CanadaUK/AustraliaJapanChinaDiameter (inch)Diameter (mm)Circumference (inch)Circumference (mm)
0---0.45811.631.4436.5
1/4---0.46611.841.4637.2
1/2A--0.47412.041.4937.8
3/4A 1/2--0.48212.241.5138.5
1B110.4912.451.5439.1
1 1/4B 1/2--0.49812.651.5639.7
1 1/2C--0.50612.851.5940.4
1 3/4C 1/2--0.51413.061.6141.0
2D220.52213.261.6441.7
2 1/4D 1/2--0.5313.461.6742.3
2 1/2E330.53813.671.6942.9
2 3/4E 1/2--0.54613.871.7243.6
3F440.55414.071.7444.2
3 1/4F 1/2550.56214.271.7744.8
3 1/2G--0.5714.481.7945.5
3 3/4G 1/2660.57814.681.8246.1
4H770.58614.881.8446.8
4 1/4H 1/2--0.59415.091.8747.4
4 1/2I880.60215.291.8948.0
4 3/4J--0.6115.491.9248.7
5J 1/2990.61815.701.9449.3
5 1/4K--0.62615.901.9750.0
5 1/2K 1/210100.63416.101.9950.6
5 3/4L--0.64216.312.0251.2
6L 1/211110.6516.512.0451.9
6 1/4M12120.65816.712.0752.5
6 1/2M 1/213130.66616.922.0953.1
6 3/4N--0.67417.122.1253.8
7N 1/214140.68217.322.1454.4
7 1/4O--0.6917.532.1755.1
7 1/2O 1/215150.69817.732.1955.7
7 3/4P--0.70617.932.2256.3
8P 1/216160.71418.142.2457.0
8 1/4Q--0.72218.342.2757.6
8 1/2Q 1/217170.7318.542.2958.3
8 3/4R--0.73818.752.3258.9
9R 1/218180.74618.952.3459.5
9 1/4S--0.75419.152.3760.2
9 1/2S 1/219190.76219.352.3960.8
9 3/4T--0.7719.562.4261.4
10T 1/220200.77819.762.4462.1
10 1/4U21210.78619.962.4762.7
10 1/2U 1/222220.79420.172.4963.4
10 3/4V--0.80220.372.5264.0
11V 1/223230.8120.572.5464.6
11 1/4W--0.81820.782.5765.3
11 1/2W 1/224240.82620.982.5965.9
11 3/4X--0.83421.182.6266.6
12X 1/225250.84221.392.6567.2
12 1/4Y--0.8521.592.6767.8
12 1/2Z26260.85821.792.7068.5
12 3/4Z 1/2--0.86622.002.7269.1
13-27270.87422.202.7569.7
13 1/4Z1--0.88222.402.7770.4
13 1/2---0.8922.612.8071.0
13 3/4Z2--0.89822.812.8271.7
14Z3--0.90623.012.8572.3
14 1/4---0.91423.222.8772.9
14 1/2Z4--0.92223.422.9073.6
14 3/4---0.9323.622.9274.2
15---0.93823.832.9574.8
15 1/4---0.94624.032.9775.5
15 1/2---0.95424.233.0076.1
15 3/4---0.96224.433.0276.8
16---0.9724.643.0577.4

Facts: Wedding Anniversary

  • The celebration of wedding anniversaries dates back to Roman times when husbands gave their wives a silver wreath for 25 years of marriage, and a gold wreath for 50.
  • Today there are traditional and modern materials related to each wedding anniversary, usually progressing from the weakest to the strongest as the years go by, to symbolize the strengthening of the relationship.
  • In the United States, one can receive a greeting from the President for any wedding anniversary on or after the 50th.
  • In the British Commonwealth domains you may receive a message from the monarch for your 60th, 65th, and 70th wedding anniversaries, and any wedding anniversary after that by applying to Buckingham Palace in the U.K., or to the Governor-General's office in the other Commonwealth realms. An exception being Australia and Canada. The delivery of congratulatory messages marking 100th birthdays and 60th wedding anniversaries is arranged by the Anniversaries Office at Buckingham Palace.
  • In Canada you may also receive a message from the Governor General for the 50th anniversary, and every 5th anniversary after that.
  • In Australia may receive a letter of congratulations from the Governor General on the 50th and all subsequent wedding anniversaries; the Prime Minister, the federal Opposition leader, local members of parliament (both state and federal), and state Governors may also send salutations for the same anniversaries.
  • Roman Catholics may apply for a Papal blessing through their local diocese for wedding anniversaries of a special nature such as their 25th, 50th, 60th, etc. anniversaries.

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