The traditional names for wedding anniversaries go back many years in social usage and have been used to suggest types of appropriate anniversary gifts. Traditional gifts for each anniversary year are as follows:
1st: PAPER, clocks - 2nd: COTTON, china - 3rd: LEATHER, crystal, glass - 4th: LINEN (SILK), appliances - 5th: WOOD, silverware - 6th: IRON, wood objects - 7th: WOOL (COPPER), desk sets - 8th: BRONZE, linens, lace - 9th: POTTERY (CHINA), leather goods - 10th:TIN, ALUMINUM, diamond - 11th: STEEL, fashion jewelry - 12th: SILK, pearls, colored gems - 13th: LACE, textiles, furs - 14th:IVORY, gold jewelry - 15th: CRYSTAL, watches - 20th: CHINA, platinum - 25th: SILVER, sterling silver - 30th: PEARL, diamond - 35th: CORAL, jade - 40th: RUBY - 45th: SAPPHIRE - 50th: GOLD - 55th: EMERALD - 60th: DIAMOND.
Perfumes and fragrances are an excellent choice as a complementary anniversary gift.
The traditional white color of the wedding gown is popular today because in ancient Roman times, white was a color of celebration.
The tradition of the bride and groom not seeing each other on their wedding day stems from the ancient tradition of the bride not showing her face to the groom at all before the wedding.
Carrying the bride over the threshold comes from an old superstition that evil spirits collected on the threshold of the new home waiting to invade the bride through the soles of her feet, a disaster that could be avoided if she entered in her husband's arms.
The bride's veil is from a centuries-old practice of hiding the bride's face which was intended to preserve her modesty.
Groomsmen were friends of the groom that in ancient times when the bride was often captured by force, the new husband needed allies to help him fend off her family.
The bridal train dates back to the Middle Ages when the higher the bride's social standing, the longer the material she dragged down the aisle. Remember when Princess Diana got married and how long her train was.
The wedding ring being of circular shape symbolized endless love. The third finger of the left hand came from the Egyptians because they believed that the vein in that finger ran directly to the heart.
Tossing the bouquet - centuries ago, wedding guests would tear at the bride's flowers and clothes to share her happiness, so she tossed her bouquet to ensure she got away in one piece.
Tossing the garter - The scramble for the garter was a medieval tradition in which wedding guests invaded the bridal chamber to steal the bride's stockings for good luck. To avoid this calamity, a groom tossed the garter to his friends.
There are anniversaries of all kinds out there, too many to discuss here. Perfumes and fragrances are always a good choice for a gift, especially when you run out of ideas.
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