A Wedding Anniversary is a special occasion that celebrates the union of two human beings who lovingly share their joys and sorrows together.
Your wedding was the day the two of you celebrated with family and friends the beginning of your marriage. Your anniversary celebrates the continuation of your love for one another throughout the years.
Each wedding anniversary deserves to be celebrated in a memorable way. When you celebrate your wedding anniversary each year it is an annual renewal of your commitment to each another.
of giving Anniversary Presents to celebrate a couple's anniversary goes
back several centuries. This site is a source of information for people
on the look out for unique
anniversary gifts. You may visit our recommended
Anniversary Gifts page immediately, or feel free to carry on browsing.
It used to be
more common for the husband to give a gift to his wife, but by now
it is just as usual for a woman to buy a gift for her husband/partner,
or for family and friends to give gifts to the couple.
On these pages
you will be able to read a little about the
history of Anniversary Gifts as well as viewing the Traditional
& Modern Anniversary Gift Lists. You can also get information
on our recommended Anniversary
Presents - Celtic Love Spoons.
The word "Anniversary" (Middle English "Anniversarie"), comes from Medieval Latin "anniversārius", which is a combination of the words year and to turn, meaning (re)turning yearly.
"The practice of giving peculiar gifts or presents on various wedding anniversaries originated in Central Europe. Among the medieval Germans it was customary for friends to present a wife with a wreath of silver when she had lived with her husband twenty-five years. The silver symbolized the harmony that was assumed to be necessary to make so many years of matrimony possible. On the fiftieth anniversary of a wedding the wife was presented with a wreath of gold. Hence arose 'silver wedding' and 'golden wedding.' This practice, borrowed from the Germans, has been elaborated upon in modern times." Source: George Stimpson, Information Roundup (1948)