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Popular Anniversary Gifts & History

Wedding Anniversaries

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Marriage is an important occasion in anyone’s life.  When you make the choice to spend your life with that special someone, each year that goes by is a testament to that loving unification that was your wedding day.

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A wedding anniversary is the opportunity to celebrate how much you love each other, how strong your marriage is, how long you have been married for, and how you have withstood the tests of time,  together.  It is a promise to build on that love for another year and the best way to show you mean that promise is with anniversary flowers.

Flowers are usually a part of relationships from the beginning.  From that first date, to Valentine’s Day, Birthdays, right through to your wedding day; It is only befitting that your anniversary be marked with a beautiful fresh floral arrangement.

Flowers are a universal way to celebrate wedding anniversaries and each flower has its own meaning. For every year of your wedding anniversary there is a traditional anniversary flower to offer to the one you love.

Flowers, with their combined beauty, vitality, colour and scent are an appropriate means to express emotions, desires and heartfelt feelings.  Without knowing anything about flowers, they are still a beautiful and meaningful gift, but there is so much more to flowers.  The natural diversity of flowers helps us communicate a wide variety of sentiments, conveying a message where words may fall short.  Sometimes delicate, sometimes robust, flowers transcend language and cultural boundaries to deliver a poignant emotional statement. 

The idea that flower bunches or arrangements conveyed a series of secret meanings between lovers was popularised in Europe, especially France, in the early 1800s.  This ‘secret’ language using flowers was first introduced into Europe through the letters of Lady Mary Wortley Montagu in 1718.  This romantic notion that lovers could speak with each other through a ‘secret’ language quickly gained favour in the 18th century Europe. 

The language of flowers has evolved to the present-day where thoughtful sentiment and powerful emotion are still communicated with carefully selected flowers.

Top 10 Most Popular Gifts for Anniversaries

1. Flowers:

Love is a pledge; a promise of sharing and caring and a memento—never let love disappear from your married life. On your anniversary consider giving him/her a bouquet of red roses to illustrate your undying love for your partner. Let the passion of the rose say a lot.

Send a bunch of roses with a card to say how the year of marriage has meant to you and start falling in love all over again.

2. Chocolates:

 Treat your beloved with chocolates on this special day. Demonstrate your love with chocolates and pamper him/her with the flavour of the dark chocolates and with the taste of the almond and nuts filled chocolates. Surprise him/ her with a nicely wrapped chocolate tray on your wedding anniversary to sweetly say "I love you". 

3. A Romantic Getaway:  

"Fade far away and dissolve" to the land of dreams; consider gifting him/her a fantastic dreamy getaway to prove how very much you love and intend to be with him/her at the tranquil luxury of some romantic place. Say bye to the mundane activities of daily life and bring back romance in your married life by giving your partner this wonderful gift.

4. Perfumes: 

Illustrate your deep love for your partner on your anniversary. Give him/her the perfume of his/her choice. Let the eloquence of the perfume do the wonder whilst articulating your undying love in a passionate way. Rekindle your emotion with the fragrance and bring that smile on his/her face.

5. Candle light Dinner:  

Take a break from the daily routine. Your anniversary is indeed the day to express your love for your partner; to thank him/her for being with you, to love you and to care for you. Make your anniversary lot more vibrant. Book a table for a romantic candle light dinner with your love to whisper those sweet nothings amidst the tender hue of the candle flames. This is definitely a romantic anniversary gift idea which will surely add that spark to your love life. When setting up your table decoration find votive candles, rose petals or floral centrepieces to decorate your table.  Order in from your favourite restaurant or better still dabble in the kitchen with your favourite food.

6. Keepsake Books:  

Would you be interested to add little bit of personal touch in your anniversary gift idea? Well, consider giving your beloved a personalized keepsake book. This romantic gift is indeed one of the best ways to show your love for your beloved. Let your beloved to note down her sweet reminiscences in this book and to relive those moments over and over again.

7. Make up kit:  

Appreciate her beauty with a makeup kit on your anniversary day. This is definitely one of the best romantic anniversary gift ideas for your partner to reassure her, how time has not being able to fade her prettiness. Give her a makeup kit on this special day and experience the beam of joy on her face.

8. Designer clothes:

Designer clothes are the perfect anniversary gifts for your partner to epitomize your deep adoration for him/her. Cheer up your beloved with the finesse of the designer clothes and redefine your love for your beloved in the most elegant way. Pamper your beloved with this anniversary gift that has been reckoned as one of the top ten anniversary gift for your special someone.

9. Jewellery:  

Take care of her with the purple hue of the amethyst, divine dazzle of the diamonds, crimson radiance of the corals on your wedding anniversary. Consider gifting her jewellery to show your deep love for her in accord with the shimmering elegance of gold and silver. Bring that precious smile on her face with jewelleries on this special day.

10. Watches:  

Make your beloved to feel special. Gift him/her a nice watch to show your undying warmth and love for Him/her. Pick a watch in keeping with the choice of your beloved to pamper him/her with its brilliance. Be it an elegant or the trendy watch it is the very majesty of the gift which will certainly woo your partner whilst reflecting your affection and passion and warmth for him/her.

View a list of the flowers in season at your wedding anniversary month here: Flower Availability Chart

Here is a list of traditional wedding anniversary gifts for each year: Wedding Anniversary Chart of Meanings and Gifts

For suggestions on wedding anniversary card messages click here: Anniversary Card Messages

Meanings of Anniversary Flowers

Anniversary
Flower
Meaning
1st Pansy Thoughtful, Reflection, Merriment
2nd Cosmos Thoughtful, Modesty
3rd Fuchsia Taste
4th Geranium Stupidity, Folly, Comfort, Gentility
5th Daisy Innocence, Loyal love, I’ll never tell, Purity
6th Calla Lily (Zantedeschia) Magnificent beauty
7th Jack-in-the-Pulpit Associated with the seventh wedding anniversary
8th Clematis Clever, Intellectual
9th Poppy Eternal sleep, Oblivion, Imagination
10th Daffodil Regard, Rebirth, New beginnings, Unrequited love, You’re the only one, Chivalry
11th Morning Glory Loves you
12th Peony Bashfulness, Shame, Happy life, Marriage, Good health, Prosperity
13th Hollyhock Ambition, Fruitfulness
14th Dahlia Instability
15th Rose Love, Passion, Perfection
20th Day Lily Coquetry
25th Iris Wisdom, Fleur-de-lis, Your friendship means so much to me, Faith, Hope, Valour, My compliments
28th Orchid Rare beauty, Love, Refinement, Beautiful lady, Mature charm, Beauty, Long life
30th Sweet Pea Lasting pleasure, Good-bye, Departure, Blissful pleasure, Thank you for a lovely time, I think of you
40th Nasturtium Conquest, Victory in battle
50th Violet Modesty, Faithfulness, Innocence, Understated beauty