Wedding Anniversary Names
Ever wondered what the name of each wedding anniversary is? Here's a complete list of all the original traditional names and modern equivalents.
|6th||Iron||Sweet and Sugar|
|65th||Blue Sapphire||Blue Sapphire|
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. Twentieth century commercialism then led to the addition of more gifts to represent names for other years. By the 1930's there was a material representing the year as a gift suggestion for the first year and milestone years such as 10th, 20th, 25th and 50th. Over the years more materials were added and the gift list updated and modernised by various American and British greeting card companies.
British couples can receive a message from the Queen for a 60th, 65th and 70th anniversary, and every year after that. The end of World War Two is reflected in the number of messages sent - in 2005 thousands more diamond wedding messages were sent due to the large number of marriages as soldiers returned home from the war. In 2006 the world's longest married couple, Mr and Mrs Jones from South Wales received a message to celebrated the anniversary of their wedding 83 years before in 1923.