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Beginners guide to Wedding Anniversaries

Us oldies, occasionally forget that newly weds may not know the ins and outs of Wedding Wdding Anniversary EtiquetteAnniversary etiquette so here’s a quick run down of the etiquette.

  • Gift giving is not mandatory, commemorating the event however is highly desirable.
  • Early years Anniversary celebrations are instigated, typically, by the couple, later major ones may be organised by the couples children.
  • Every 5th year is considered a major milestone Anniversary
  • The 25th, 40th, 50th and 60th are the years considered the Major Wedding Anniversaries.
  • Traditionally if a gift is given then it is often themed or made of a specific material which differs for each year. The Traditional Wedding Anniversary List shows all these materials for each year.
  • A Modern version of the traditional list was updated to produce a more comprehensive list to cover more anniversary years, this runs side by side with the traditional list allowing you to choose gifts from either list.
  • Other organisations have release other Wedding Anniversary lists, the only other two that are notable are the Gemstone Anniversary List and the appropriate flower list.

That’s it really, if you still have an etiquette question surrounding a wedding anniversary then please check our etiquette section or drop us a line and we’ll try and help.

Inspirational Quotes

Two entwined hearts to represent Love quotesWe’ve just published a collection of, mostly inspirational, quotes we’ve pulled together on our twitter feed celebrating Love and Marriage mainly for St. Valentine’s day, we’ve reproduced them all together below:

  • An anniversary; a celebration of love, trust, partnership, tolerance & tenacity. The order varies for any year. – Paul Sweeney    http://thinkexist.com/quotes/paul_sweeney/
  • True love stories never have endings. – Richard Bach    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_Bach
  • The secret of a happy marriage remains a secret. – Henry Youngman    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henry_Youngman
  • Where there is love there is no darkness. – Burundi Proverb
  • Marriage is a three ring circus: engagement ring, wedding ring, and suffering. – Cynic
  • Married couples who love each other tell each other a thousand things without talking. – Chinese Proverb
  • Two souls with but a single thought, Two hearts that beat as one. – Maria Lovall translation from Friedrich Halm
  • There is no more lovely, friendly and charming relationship, communion or company than a good marriage.- Martin Luther
  • Love one another and you will be happy. It is as simple and as difficult as that – Michael Leunig    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michael_Leunig
  • On our anniversary, we may not have wealth, but we do have each other and that is worth more than all the money in the world.    http://www.wow4u.com/
  • Love is the condition in which the happiness of another person is essential to your own. Robert Heinlein
  • Love doesn’t make the world go round. Love is what makes the ride worthwhile. Franklin P. Jones
  • The highest happiness on earth is marriage. – William Lyon Phelps
  • You don’t marry someone you can live with. You marry the person who you cannot live without. – Anon.
  • Chains do not hold a marriage together. It is threads, hundreds of tiny threads, which sew people together. – Simone Signoret
  • Two souls with but a single thought, Two hearts that beat as one. – Friedrich Halm translation by Maria Lovall
  • Life’s greatest happiness is to be convinced we are loved. – Victor Hugo
  • Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage.  – Lao Tzu
  • Our wedding was many years ago.  The celebration continues to this day.   – Gene Perret
    It’s not where you go or what you do, it’s who you take along with you. – Anon.
  • The secret to a good marriage is understand that marriage must be total, it must be permanent and it must be equal. – F. Pittman
  • Lovers don’t finally meet somewhere. They’re in each other all along. –  Jalal ad-Din Rumi
    The goal of our life should not be to find joy in marriage, but to bring more love and truth into the world. – Leo Tolstoy
  • No man or woman really knows what perfect love is until they have been married a quarter of a century. – Mark Twain
  • Love does not consist of gazing at each other, but in looking together in the same direction.  – Antoine de Saint-Exupery
  • A successful marriage requires falling in love many times, always with the same person. – Mignon McLaughlin
  • Marriage is such that the independence is equal,the dependence mutual, and the obligation reciprocal. – Louis K. Anspacher
  • Love is composed of a single soul inhabiting two bodies. – Aristotle

If you have any other inspirational quotes relating to marriage, anniversaries of Love we would love to share then here.


Facebook update their Friendship pages to be more couple orientated

Facebook have updated their friendship pages so that they combine your lives together better (as Facebook sees it anyway). As with all changes there are a few dissenters, and as ever with Facebook there are many more being vocal!

Personally I had a look at it and thought, we don’t go out much do we! but then saying that we don’t live our life on Facebook ‘cos we’re old!

It did say we got married in 2008 which is only a decade or few out so not quite sure if their decision system has got it wrong or we’ve put in a wrong date, mind you just checking; our anniversary date is in Facebook so it’s a bit of a fail!

The thing is at the end of the day the page is personal to you and your partner so it’s not visiable to anyone else unless you choose to share it!


HM The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh celebrate 65 years of marriage

Today (20th November 2112) Her Majesty The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh celebrate their 65th Wedding Anniversary, they should be congratulated for achieving the milestone having lived their life in the public gaze; it is heart-warming to see them still together after all this time.

Sapphire Blue GemstoneThe 65th wedding anniversary does not have a traditional material associated with the year although the gemstone list shows that Star Sapphire is given as the symbol for this year.

There is more infomation available from the British Monarchy website or the Guardian Newspaper site.

Benefits of Marriage

Running a wedding anniversary site we often discuss things that are related to anniversary, this week we got into a discussion about what are the tangible benefits of marriage? By these we mean beyond the social, religious and relationship ones.

We came to the conclusion that there are certainly less benefits that there used to be, one of the most lucrative you used to be able to get was a tax allowance if you was married which has since be removed. (Although still exists if one partner was born before 6th April 1935)

So far we have the following:

Many Legal ones:

  • Inheritance; your estate automatically goes to the surviving spouse should the worst happen.
  • Cheaper Insurance; Spouse policies are often cheaper than named drivers.
  • Loans are easier to get as there is a natural (legal) relationship between spouses.
  • Should serious medical conditions befall one of you the other spouse can easily direct the doctors on what your wishes are.
  • Any children born in wedlock automatically assume the family name.
  • Children inherit estates easier when their parents were married after they have both passed.
  • Pensions are easier to share.


  • Again Inheritance your estate can avoid capital gains tax when the spouse inherits your estate.
  • Capital gains tax; Transfers of chargeable assets between spouses do not give rise to a charge to capital gains tax. Because chargeable gains are taxed as the top-slice of income, transfers between spouses can provide tax-planning opportunities where one spouse has a lower liability to income tax.

Other Benefits

  • Wearing a wedding ring can help you to stop getting hit upon when out.
  • Health Insurance is often extended to partners automatically.
  • Work Benefits are automatically extended to the spouse (e.g. Staff discounts, Free Travel etc)

There are probably lots more, if you can think of any more tangible benefits we would love to hear them.