Anniversary Traditions

This week marks our 11 year wedding anniversary, what a ride! I won't say it's been easy but I love the man more than anything. I was trying to come up with a gift for Vic when I stumbled upon a bunch of sites about traditional anniversary gifts and what they mean. I had no idea you were supposed to give certain gifts that symbolize different stages of your marriage. I found the list to be quite interesting and thought I would share what I learned. 

Happy Anniversary Vic! Love you!

 By the way gift 11 is Steel, it's a good thing he's a chef! and a damn good one at that. 

These are a couple of our wedding photos, they are the exact reason you should hire a professional photographer. I don't have too many and they are blurry, but what I have I love.

We were married in Romania, it was 100 degrees and 100% humidity. Yes, that is "happy Romanian face" we were all dying of heat. We had much more fun at the party.

The tradition of giving gifts goes back to the middle ages. The passing of another year together marks a deepening of the couples commitment and an accumulation of irreplaceable time. The order of the gifts reflects the investment that the couple gives to each other.

Here's the first installment: 1 to 11

1st Wedding Anniversary
Traditional Gifts: Paper
Modern Gifts: Clocks
Celebrating: The year of adjustment. Reflect on both the delicate and hardy aspects of your marriage and your love for each other.

2nd Wedding Anniversary
Traditional Gifts: Cotton
Modern Gifts: China
Celebrating: By the time a couple celebrates their second anniversary, they are more cozy with one another, making cotton the appropriate anniversary gift for this wedding anniversary celebration.


3rd Wedding Anniversary
Traditional Gifts: Leather
Modern Gifts: Crystal
Celebrating: The 3rd wedding anniversary is often when a couple is aware of their durability of their relationship. That is why leather is the traditional gift.

4th Wedding Anniversary
Traditional Gifts: Fruit or Flowers
Modern Gifts: Appliances
Celebrating: Representing the blossoming partnership of a couple in their fourth year of marriage, flowers are appropriate and meaningful gifts for this anniversary.


5th Wedding Anniversary
Traditional Gifts: Wood
Modern Gifts: Silverware
Celebrating: Wood, representing strength and a solidified relationship, and silverware, representing connectedness,

6th Wedding Anniversary
Traditional Gifts: Candy or Iron
Modern Gifts: Wood
Celebrating: Candy represents the sweetness in your marriage, iron represents good luck and strength, and wood represents a solid relationship.

7th Wedding Anniversary
Traditional Gifts: Wool or Copper
Modern Gifts: Desk Sets
Celebrating: Copper has long had a traditional meaning of prosperity, good luck, and good fortune. Couples who celebrate their seventh wedding anniversary can indeed celebrate their good fortune in finding one another.


8th Wedding Anniversary
Traditional Gifts: Bronze or Pottery
Modern Gifts: Linens or Lace
Celebrating: Bronze is created by combining copper and tin and a strong marriage is created by the joining of two individuals who not only love one another, but who also place a high priority on their time together. Pottery begins with just a lump of clay that is slowly formed into something beautiful. Through their eight years together, a couple shapes their marriage into a beautiful relationship.  


9th Wedding Anniversary
Traditional Gifts: Pottery and Willow
Modern Gifts: Leather

10th Wedding Anniversary
Traditional Gifts: Tin or Aluminum
Modern Gifts:Diamond Jewelry
Celebrating: The tenth year of marriage celebration is the first of the major milestone anniversaries. As you celebrate this special 10th wedding anniversary, think about the durability of your commitment to one another for a full decade.

11th Wedding Anniversary
Traditional Gifts: Steel
Modern Gifts: Fashion Jewelry

At 11 the cord between the two of you is strong and harder to break. If you could ever break it.




To learn more, this is where I got all my info. http://marriage.about.com/cs/anniversaries/a/wedannivideas.htm