Celebrating an anniversary? Have you ever wondered why we do celebrate anniversaries like birthdays, weddings and other occasions? The historic origins of wedding anniversaries date back to the Medieval German Empire, when husbands crowned their wives with silver and gold wreaths, marking 25 and 50 years of marriage respectively. Other anniversaries have evolved from more commercial origins during the 20th century and now there are traditional and modern gifts associated with most wedding anniversaries.
So now we know the symbolic origins of the wedding anniversary but do you know the traditional and modern day gifts? They range from paper to diamonds as the years of marriage are celebrated. Along with the traditional gifts we can also include flowers, gemstones and colours also being part of the gifts and themes that can be given to a loved one.
The Golden Rule
If you are celebrating your first anniversary maybe this is the time to start a tradition of your own, after all this is your day together and you spend it how you wish, be it with friends or family. There is no written rule you have to be traditionally or symbolically correct but when looking for inspiration for an anniversary gift for a couple or a partner they can be very helpful. Maybe one golden rule should be followed for every anniversary especially for the couples: Don’t FORGET!
Yes it does happen and many a tear has been shed or nights slept on the sofa are due to a partner missing this special occasion. With modern technology now it can be avoided by using reminders on mobile phones, tablets and computers, do it now it only takes a minute.
A wedding anniversary reminds us of the promises made to each other on that special day and celebrating two people making a lifetime commitment. With each anniversary we have learned about each other’s likes and dislikes and learning to live with them, hopefully! Enjoy the day and spend some quality time together doing what you both want.
How about putting together a bucket list of all the things you both want to do together and tick off each activity as you celebrate each anniversary, these may change as time passes with circumstances changing so start off with realistic things you want to do, maybe you have a weekend break in a top hotel or want to visit another country or just as romantic a walk in your favourite park or seaside location.
Develop the list as you celebrate each wedding anniversary and keep the romance alive.