Wedding Etiquette: Anniversary Gifts & Reaffirming Vows


The Victorians, with their penchant for classifying everything, created a list of symbolic wedding anniversary gifts that is still very much in vogue today.

Here are the traditional anniversary gifts for each year:

1. Paper
2. Cotton
3. Leather
4. Silk
5. Wood
6. Iron
7. Copper or Wool
8. Electrical Appliances
9. Pottery
10. Tin or Aluminum
11. Steelmain
12. Linen
13. Lace
14. Ivory
15. Crystal
20. China
25. Silver
30. Pearls
35. Coral and Jade
40. Ruby
45. Sapphire
50. Gold
75. Diamond


A number of couples choose to celebrate their anniversaries by having a ceremony to renew their wedding vows. Other couples, married in a civil ceremony for one reason or another, choose to reaffirm their vows under religious auspices. As with any other invitation, invitations to reaffirmation ceremonies should reflect the formality of the occasion.

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