Since the Middle Ages, wedding anniversary gifts have been determined by how long the couple have been married. The tradition of wedding anniversaries dates back to the Medieval German empire, when husbands crowned their wives with a silver wreath on the 25th anniversary of their wedding and a gold wreath on their 50th.
In the Commonwealth realms, the Queen sends out messages for 60th, 65th
and 70th wedding anniversaries. To get your special message,
you can apply to Buckhingham Palace (for UK residents) or the
Governor-General’s office (other Commonwealth realms).
Fabrics, natural materials and flowers are among the extensive list of traditional presents. Wood, for example, is traditionally given for the 5th wedding anniversary, which the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are celebrating today.
Here is a list of the traditional gifts given for each wedding anniversary by year:
For a truly one-of-a-kind gift, commission a beautiful sketch of their wedding venue. This one was drawn by artists in North Devon. Personalised Wedding Venue Portrait, £40, notonthehighstreet.com.
A beautiful leather-bound notebook will impress both sexes. Add the finishing touch by getting it engraved with their initials or even the word ‘Three’.
But not just any bunch of flowers. Show you care by replicating the blooms from their wedding day bouquet.
Not sure what makes for a ‘wood’ gift? Send them to a gorgeous secluded log cabin on a fabulous forest holiday.
The perfect present for their first decade together? A picture frame with a black and white photo of the big day.
Toast this milestone by treating them to set of Swarovski champagne flutes.
Butterfly Bloom Plate Set (Set of 4), £60, Wedgwood
There’s no better way to serve up afternoon tea than on these elegant patterned beauties from the Royal Appointed tableware company Wedgwood.
The rest will cost a pretty penny and speak for themselves…