A wedding anniversary is a unique celebration which occurs each year on the day the wedding took place. The most important anniversaries are the 25th and 50th although each year has a special significance.

Few couples have reached their 80th anniversary.  The oldest wedding anniversary ever celebrated as registered by the Guinness Book of World Records, is the one of a Taiwanese couple Mr. Liu Yung-Yang and Mrs. Yang Wan who reached their 86th year of marriage in 2003.

Each anniversary is symbolized by a different material and according to the tradition the gifts must be made in these materials. These are the lists of the various anniversaries.



1 Paper
2 Cotton
3 Leather
4 Fruit Flowers, Linen
5 Wood
6 Sugar, Iron
7 Wool, Copper
8 Bronze
9 Pottery,
10 Tin
11 Steel
12 Silk
13 Lace, Furs
14 Ivory
15 Crystal
16 Tungsten
17 Turquoise
18 Bismuth, Porcelain
19 Bronze
20 China
21 Brass, Nickel
22 Copper
23 Silver Plate
25 Silver
30 Pearl
35 Coral, Jade
40 Ruby
45 Sapphire
50 Gold
55 Emerald
60 Diamond
65 Blue Sapphire
70 Platinum
75 Diamond
80 Oak, Diamond, Pearl
85 Diamond, Sapphire
90 Granite, Diamond, Ruby
100 10 Carat Diamond


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