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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.

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
80th Oak Oak

 

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.