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Wedding Anniversary Names

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Ever wondered what the name of each wedding anniversary is? Here's a complete list of all the original traditional names and modern equivalents.

Wedding Anniversary

Traditional

Modern

1st Paper Clock
2nd Cotton China
3rd Leather Crystal/Glass
4th Linen Fruit/Flowers
5th Wood Silverware
6th Iron Sweet and Sugar
7th Copper/Wool Desk Set
8th Bronze/Pottery Bronze/Pottery
9th Willow/Copper Linen/Lace
10th Aluminium/Tin Leather
11th Steel Jewellery
12th Silk/Linen Pearls
13th Lace Textiles/Fur
14th Ivory Gold Jewellery
15th Crystal Watches
20th China Platinum
25th Silver Silver
30th Pearl/Ivory Diamond
35th Coral Jade
40th Ruby Ruby
45th Sapphire Sapphire
50th Gold Gold
55th Emerald Emerald
60th Diamond Diamond
65th Blue Sapphire Blue Sapphire
70th Platinum Platinum

Before the mid to late 1930's not all wedding Anniversaries had a material representing the year.  Only the first anniversary and milestone anniversaries such as 10th, 20th, 25th, 50th and 70th had a gift suggestion.

Over the years more materials were added and the gifts list updated and modernised by various American and British commercial companies.