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WEDDING ANNIVERSARY GIFTS
At the end of this week (Friday 21st May 2021) I will be celebrating 10 years/a whole decade of being married to my Hubby Andy!! So, whilst planning the perfect gift for him to celebrate this wonderful milestone in our marriage, I thought I would share my thoughts, and my favourite creative business gift ideas to help with your celebrations too!
I am one to celebrate anything and everything, so I love the idea of celebrating every yearly milestone once you are married! The celebrations should certainly not stop on your Wedding Day! To me, the idea that as a couple you remember your wedding date in a way that is special to you every year, really makes the whole experience of marriage that much more perfect! But, bringing your personality into your Wedding celebrations does not mean that you should forget any traditions that are associated with the Wedding Industry, in fact when it comes to Wedding anniversary gifting, it is quite the opposite.
Papier.com have the most perfect explanation for the traditional reasons for specific gift given and I loved it so much I am sharing it with you.
"Most of us know how some of the traditions go. Silver for 25 years, gold for 50 and diamond for the big 6-0. But what about the wedding anniversary meanings that hide behind the beautifully wrapped gifts?
In a nutshell, the reason for giving a specific wedding anniversary gift by year is that it’s a symbol of the strength and worth of your marriage. So after 60 blissful years together, you’ll make it to the rock solid, bank-busting status of diamond. But if you’re in your early years, then your traditional anniversary gifts will include delicate cotton and paper. Not everybody’s on board with the idea of giving a gift as a symbol of your marriage’s fragility – understandably. The more positive way of looking at this age-old, anniversary ritual is that the materials get more robust with every extra year. Ergo, the gifts proclaim your marriage as getting stronger and stronger – definitely something to toast to!"
I mean YES to this! Although 10 years is Tin, so I have a few more years to go yet before I get that diamond!!
There are so many local (and one slightly further afield as I couldn't leave them out!), talented creatives designing and making gifts to celebrate all traditional UK wedding Anniversaries, and I want to share my personal favourites with you.
I will also give you the reasons behind the traditional gifts which make even the strangest ones, like salt(!), way more romantic!
TRADITIONAL WEDDING ANNIVERSARY GIFTS IN THE UK
1st Anniversary – PAPER
The traditional 1st wedding anniversary gift is considered to be paper which represents your new marriage as like a blank sheet
For paper I chose the fabulous personalised print from Betsy Benn. These fabulous bespoke reproduction bus blind prints are personalised with all the important wedding details: Date, Place, Time, and of course the happy couple's names!. A fantastic piece of statement art and a unique gift to celebration your first year of marriage.
2nd Anniversary – COTTON
Traditionally, the second-anniversary gift is cotton. This versatile material represents both comfort and strength.
Although not a local Midlands business, I just had to include the Modo Creative for a second anniversary gift.
Their beautiful, unique, personalised cotton wedding anniversary prints show off your favourite wedding shot. The simple design allows your favourite photo to come alive and be enjoyed as a piece of art for your wall.
3rd Anniversary – LEATHER
Leather traditionally represents the 3rd wedding anniversary because it's a flexible and durable organic material. One that is used to protect, keep warm, safe and secure
For anniversary number three it had to be Williams Handmade.
Designed and made in Herefordshire, this pair of matching keyrings make the perfect gift for a third wedding anniversary present which is represented by leather.
4th Anniversary – LINEN
Linen traditionally represents your 4th wedding anniversary as it is said to be a good absorber of water, so is symbolic of how well your marriage can absorb any issues.
The gorgeous Embroidered Napkin Company design and embroider the most perfect keepsake napkins for any celebration. These beautiful cocktail napkins embroidered with PS. I Love You design are perfect to be used for your 4th wedding anniversary celebratory meal.
5th Anniversary – WOOD
Traditionally, the fifth wedding anniversary gift is wood.
There is no real doubt about the metaphor of wood acting as strength and long lasting nature of a marriage.
How beautiful is this engraved natural log slice designed by Pretty Flamingo Designs.
What a unique way to display your favourite wedding day memory, and have it engraved onto a rustic log slice.
6th Anniversary – SUGAR
Traditionally in the UK sugar represents your 6 wedding anniversary to reflect the sweetness in your marriage!
FrankieMac Confections, Handmade Macarons made in Cheltenham.
Create a bespoke box of macarons combining up to six of your favourite flavours! Individually designed macarons hand made with love. Gorgeous flavour combinations to choose from including; Lavender honeycomb, Pink prosecco and Mango Melba
7th Anniversary – W
Wool is said to represent the comfort and warmth you feel in your marriage after seven years together
The British Blanket Company design and make thoughtful gifts for lovers of the great outdoors.
Whether picnicking on the beach or enjoying Proms in the Park, their luxury picnic rugs are the perfect companion. Made of pure wool, their blankets are made with a durable waterproof canvas backing and finished with genuine leather carry straps. They love to think that their picnic blankets are a place where happy memories will be made!
8th Anniversary – SALT
Traditionally the 8th wedding anniversary gift is Salt. Salt is a flavour enhancer and preservative and is said to symbolise the true essence of a healthy relationship.
For the 8th anniversary gift, give the gift of a Malvern Spa Day! (Much better than a bag of salt from the supermarket anyday!!)
Their Spa experience beings with your enjoying the healing properties of the salt grotto. Gently warm your body on the heated tiled seats while being enveloped in the salt-infused atmosphere that will have a restorative effect on your respiratory system, skin and ionic balance.
9th Anniversary – COPPER
In the UK, copper traditionally represents the ninth year of marriage. its beauty and malleability symbolising the way a married couple can bend to accommodate each other after nine long years. As it can conduct heat and electricity well, it also represents the warmth and passion of the happy pair.
Hearts for Hope is a Worcestershire based business started during the 2020 COVID-19 Pandemic. After being put on furlough by his day job, Dan decided to make copper hearts for friends, family and the local community to help raise money for local charities whose fundraising events had to be stopped due to the pandemic.
Hearts for Hope copper hearts are the perfect gift idea to celebrate 9 wonderful years together.
10th Anniversary – TIN
Traditionally, the 10th year of marriage is marked with Tin, A material that represents the durability and flexibility needed to sustain a loving union
Following the traditional British anniversary gift list – ten years is tin! What could be more perfect!
Gin in a tin, the ideal gift to celebrate a decade of marriage! A stunning colourful collection, showcasing ten of their gins, of distinction, that speak volumes, in stylish tins.
Celebrate each year of marriage with your loved one with a different G&T.
I'd love to know what you think of my choices, and whether you have any to add to this list of beautiful gifts you have found to celebrate these wonderful milestones!