Anniversary Symbol meanings

Q. Hi, I’m doing a research on the wedding anniversary symbols. What I’m really looking for is what each material means. Do they represent something in each year? Please email me back if you have any information about the subject, or where I can find this kind of information. Thank you.

A. The meanings that each material may have when they represent a Wedding Anniversary have been lost over time, our research has not shown any reasoning given against the relevant years although we do continue to investigate further.

We know the original Golden Wedding and Silver Wedding are named as they were celebrated initially with the Wife being presented with a Silver or Gold garland/ wreath (depending on the celebration)  by the Husband hence they became known by these materials. These materials were chosen as they were high status cherished emblems of success.

Other years are a little more difficult to fathom, for example the first anniversary is Origami Swans representing Paper as the 1st Anniversarypopularly accepted as having paper associated with it, for many decades and still in some European countries the first anniversary is considered to have Cotton associated with it. There has been a number of varying, often conflicting, hypothesis as to why these materials are chosen yet very few of these theories are substantiated with facts.

We do continue to investigate the history of the materials and update our history web pages here with our latest research.

How to Personalise an Anniversary Gift

Q. I am trying to help my mother-in-law put together a 25th anniversary for my sister-in-law. I have one question. When ordering a personalised gift like toasting glasses for the couple should it have the date of marriage or the number 25 on it. I plan on putting their name on whatever I purchase but need the advice on their wedding date or anniversary years to be engraved. I plan on purchasing their glasses for the head table as well as guest book, serving set for the cake etc. Everything I want to buy for this anniversary has names and dates shown on them.

A. It looks like you have done a lot of planning for this celebration, I hope you and your personalised champagne flutes with anniversary year enjoy it. With regard to your question on whether to use the wedding date or the number of years there is no prescribed etiquette although the event you are commemorating and celebrating is traditionally called the ‘Silver Wedding’ this being the milestone of 25 years of marriage so this should be marked either by reference to the number of years (25th Anniversary) , the event’s name (Silver Wedding) or by date reference e.g. 6th June 1987 – 6th June 2012  the majority of gifts available for this celebration state the anniversary being celebrated i.e. 25th Anniversary or more correctly the Silver Wedding.

It should be noted that if the gift is meant to be commemorative in nature then out of context it should be possibly to recognise the celebration it honours so if someone not connected with the celebration saw the item they would instantly understand the meaning of the item.


Attending an Anniversary celebration and gift giving

Q. We are about to attend a 50th wedding anniversary. We are distant relatives. We realise the 50th is gold. We are wondering about a gift. Do we need to take one? Does it have to be gold?Gold Jewellery for gift giving

A. Firstly, does the invitation give any clue, sometimes they say no gifts or similar, if not then within your family circle when similar events go on are gifts given?, is the event formal or informal?

These may help answer your question on whether they would be expected, etiquette experts are torn on this subject some will tell you that an invitation implies a gift should be presented unless explicitly stated whereas others state that an invitation does not mean a gift is required, this effectively is dependent upon your family and social circle and their expectations.

As it is the 50th and as you stated it is the Golden Wedding this does not mean the gift has to be Gold it is merely the symbol associated with the anniversary.

Many other gifts are available such as commemorative glasses, personalised gifts etc. These indicate the anniversary and are not gold. Mementos of the actually wedding are sometimes good or even a photographic history of their life since the marriage. My personal favourite especially for a major anniversary such as this is a bottle of fine wine or champagne bottled in the year they got married. Check our Golden Wedding gift section here: to see a range of gift ideas for any budget.

Who should be invited to a Wedding Anniversary

Q. Since most of my parent’s siblings do not live near the area where we will hold the celebration, is it proper to send them invitations to announce the anniversary event. I know they will not travel to it but thought they should know about the celebration of this milestone. I just don’t want it to look like an invite that they are expected to attend or an obligation for a gift.Table set for a Wedding Anniversary

A. Invitations for a Wedding Anniversary celebration should be sent out to those whom you would like to attend the celebration and those who should be invited. Siblings should be invited assuming there is no good reason not to.

The invitation is to your celebration on behalf of your Parents thus is an invite from you (not your parents) to attend, it does not place an obligation upon them to purchase a gift nor attend. If you are concerned about how the recipients would react to the invitation then you could add, especially on the ones you expect not to attend, a statement on the invitation saying no gifts please.

Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas for 2013

We’ve just updated our Valentines Day Gift ideas section (here) with some new gift ideas plus we’ve got our tried and tested gifts that are sure to bring a smile to your partner’s face (or potential partner of course!)

What’s new:

Discover your Lover

Discover your lover Board game, An erotic game for two - take a sexual journey with your partner! If you’re in a strong stable relationship then this new game we’ve added is a great way to spice up your love life, With 3 levels of play from tender and playful to the more passionate and exciting you can set the level you feel best suits you and your partner.

The game brings you closer together and shows you surprising sides of yourself and your partner.  It can be disarming, exciting, direct and daring, hilarious at times but never disrespectful.

Romantic Heart Game.

 The Romantic Heart is a daring and enticing game for you and your partner.Simple rules with over 100 romantic challenges, this is another great heart game from Tease and Please This is a great game to test how romantic you and your partner are! Either one of you takes a paper roll out of the Heart, using the supplied tweezers and then carry out the suggestion it contains.  We stock other heart games for the more intrepid couple with far steamier options. This is selling fast and with limited stocks you’ll need to be quick!

Our Tried and Tested Ideas:

Two Hearts beat as One keyring

Tow Hearts as One Keyring This is a superb gift idea for any couple on your Anniversary or St Valentine's day.This is always a best seller at Valentine’s Day, two keyrings but with a single heart bringing them together makes it whole again, simple yet conveys the true meaning of Love! Each half can be personalised with a name or something else of your choice up to 11 characters. We like the engravings ‘Two Hearts’ ‘As one’ or ‘Together’ ‘We beat’ although ‘Snugglebutt’ and ‘Cuddlebug’ may take some beating! with quick dispatch times including a Next day delivery option (if ordered before noon) this is available, subject to stock right up to Valentine’s Day eve.

We’ve many more St Valentines Day gift ideas in our secure eCommerce gift store all products are dispatch promptly from our UK offices in robust and discreet packaging.

However you choose to celebrate St Valentine’s Day we hope you and your chosen partner have a great day and your celebration goes smoothly.


Technical Anniversaries

We’re often asked what is the name or symbol of an anniversary of an event which do tend to vary depending upon the actual event e.g. if we were asked what is the 50th Anniversary we would say ‘Golden’ this is because we specialise in Wedding Anniversaries and 50 years is a Golden Wedding.

If you want a full list of Wedding Anniversaries then try our Wedding Anniversary Traditional List as a starting point.

This however is not always the case as often the events also have other names which this post should hopefully clarify! The technical terms are more often than not derived from the Latin terms for the period.

Anniversary Technical Term to use Other Terms Used
Every Month Monthly Technically these are not anniversaries as less than a year has passed
Every 3 months Quarterly
Twice Yearly (every 6 months) Bi-annual
1 year Annual
2 years Biennial
3 years Triennial
4 years Quadrennial
5 years Quinquennial
6 years Sexennial
7 years Septennial
8 years Octennial
9 years Novennial
10 years Decennial
11 years Undecennial
12 years Duodecennial
13 years Tredecennial
14 years Quattuordecennial
15 years Quindecennial
20 years Vigintennial
25 years Silver Jubilee*
50 years Quinquagenary Golden Jubilee*
60 years Sexagennial Diamond Jubilee*
70 years Septuagennial
75 years Dequascentennial Diamond Jubilee Latin contraction of
de-quadrans which means “a whole unit less a
quarter” (de means
“from”; quadrans
means “quarter”. 75 years is a quarter century less than a whole century
or 75 = (-25 + 100)
100 years Centenary
150 years Sesquicentennial Term broken
down as sesqui- (one and a half) centennial (100 years)
175 years Dequasbicentennial Dodrabicentennial Alternative
Latin form
200 years Bicentennial
250 years Sestercentennial To express 2½
in Latin it would be expressed as “half-three”. The term relates to
being halfway [from the second] to the third integer. In Latin this is
“Sestertius” which is a contraction of semis
(halfway) tertius
(third) – hence Sestercentennial.
300 years Tercentennial Tricentennial
400 years Quadricentennial Quatercentenary
500 years Quincentennial
600 years Sexcentennial
700 years Septcentennial
800 years Octocentennial
900 years Nonacentennial
1000 years Millennial
2000 years Bimillennial

*A ‘Jubilee’ in the western world is a term derived from the Bible and although historically had a different meaning it is used in this context to define a period of years indicated by the preceding word e.g. Silver Jubilee = 25 years, Golden Jubilee = 50 years and Diamond Jubilee = 60 years

Further Info:

Anniversary Names – Wikipedia

Latin to English – Enter the time period to find a translation in Latin

St Valentine’s Day Thursday 14th February 2013

It’s an expensive time of year for all you Lover’s out there, you just finish paying for the

For all you Lover's out there
St Valentines Day 14th February 2013

romance at Christmas and then you get hit with Valentine’s Day!

Gifts wrapped for St Valentine's DayThis year Valentine’s Day is on a Thursday which we figure is probably one of the best days of the week for Valentines to fall upon simply because it stretches the weekend out by at least a day which at this time of year is great!

Tradition holds that the first Valentine card was sent in 270 A.D. by St. Valentine himself on the eve of his execution for refusing to renounce Christianity. Signed “from your Valentine”, it was a note of appreciation from the young cleric to his jailer’s blind daughter who had brought him food and delivered messages for him.

The Romans celebrated St. Valentine’s Day as the Feast of Lupercalia, dedicated to the pastoral god Lupercus and to the Goddess of Love, Juno. The birds of Italy began mating on February 14, the oracles observed. Roman Maidens placed their names in an urn set up in the public square and courageous bachelors drew from it to obtain their “blind date” for the coming year. The Christian Church denounced these “love lotteries” as pagan rituals. During the Middle Ages, “love lotteries” persisted in France as “chance boxes” that allotted couples one year to get married or part company and, in England, men wore the name of the girl they drew on their sleeve encircled with a heart.

Written Valentines appeared around the year 1400 as quaint love missives and many were anonymous. Church opposition gradually declined and, by the 1700s, the familiar “roses are red, violets are blue…” verses were popular and in France, Valentines grew in size and elegance featuring ribbons, lace, gilt and other intricate effects made by hand.

The first Valentines in America were exchanged during the Revolutionary days and were mostly handmade with sentimental verses written in a flowing script. In 1840, Miss Esther Howland, an imaginative artist and entrepreneur became the first regular publisher of Valentines in the United States. She became a successful businesswoman heading her own publishing firm specialising in Valentine cards.

Around 1850, the first “Vinegar Valentines” were produced. These masterpieces of insult were sent anonymously and were popular along with the usual sentimental Valentines until around 1910 when the strictly sentimental ones gained more popularity. Since that time, Valentine’s Day cards can be found to fit almost any relationship. In fact, teachers receive more Valentine’s Day cards than anyone else.