Celebrating an anniversary with flowers.
Anniversaries are often very personal events you wish to celebrate or mark in some way. This could be a wedding anniversary or a death but for whatever the occasion you wish to mark, making the moment personal is an important aspect of the celebration.
For wedding anniversaries, there is a tradition of giving something of increasing value each year to mark off the time spent married. These are traditional gifts which vary from country and give rise to names such as “Golden wedding anniversary” (which means 50 years of marriage).
This varies between countries (for example in the United States, the modern tradition is to give a clock on the first anniversary, and electrical appliances on the 4th anniversary). There are also traditional flowers which can be given to celebrate an anniversary.
To give you a guide for traditional flowers and gifts to give for anniversaries, please see the list below:
One year anniversary - Paper or Carnations
Two year anniversary – Cotton or Lily of the valley
Three year anniversary – Leather or Sunflowers
Four year anniversary – Linen or Silk and Hydrangea flowers
Fifth anniversary – Wood or Daisies
Sixth anniversary – Iron and Calla lilies
Seventh anniversary – Wool and Freesias
Eighth anniversary – Bronze and Lilac
Ninth anniversary – Pottery and Bird of paradise (or Strelizia)
Tenth anniversary – Tin and Daffodils
20th anniversary – China and Aster flowers
25th anniversary – Silver and iris
30th anniversary – Pearl and lilies
40th anniversary – Ruby and gladiolus
50th anniversary – Gold and yellow roses
60th anniversary – Diamond
70th anniversary – Platinum
And if you reach a 90th anniversary – Stone!