The origins of the tradition of giving gifts on a wedding anniversary is widely debated, with some believing it was started by the Romans, while others attribute the custom to the Victorians. What we do know is that in 1937, a jeweller’s association saw an opportunity for increasing sales by promoting each and every wedding anniversary. They came up a modern list of annual gifts for 75 years’ worth of marriage and picked out practical, easy-to-find gifts for each milestone.
Flowers have also become associated with wedding anniversary celebrations and you can now find lists dedicating a particular flower to a certain date. Here at Interflora, we’ve put together a handy reference guide to give you a head start when it comes to find the perfect gift for a loved one:
1st – Paper
Try: ‘Paper Flower’ is another name for Bougainvillea.
2nd – Cotton
Try: Hibiscus is sometimes called the Cotton Rose while Gossypium is known as Ornamental Cotton.
3rd – Leather
Try: Leatherleaf is widely available and makes the ideal collar for a mixed bouquet of wedding anniversary flowers
4th – Fruit
Try: Anything goes here. How about a fruit basket delivered to their door?
5th – Wood
Try: There are lots of choices here – from decorative wooden ornaments to flowers placed in wooden vases
6th – Iron
Try: Aspidistra is known as the Cast Iron plant, or choose Begonia Masoniana – also known as Iron Cross.
7th – Wool
Try: The Cock’s Comb is also known as the Wool Flower due to its fluffy appearance
8th – Bronze
Try: Several varieties of Rex Begonia have beautiful bronzed leaves.
9th – Pottery
Try: White Wedgwood Iris fits the bill, as does Hyacinth Delft Blue.
10th – Tin or Aluminium
Try: Pilea is commonly called the aluminium plant.
11th – Steel
Try: Steel Grass is a stylish addition to any arrangement.
12th – Silk
Try: Grevillea or Silk Oak is a dainty fern-like plant.
13th – Lace
Ammi is commonly known as called Queen Anne’s Lace, while Pteris is also known as the Lace Fern.
14th – Ivory
Try: The Correa plant is also known as Ivory Bells, or you could choose ivory-coloured roses instead
15th – Crystal
Try: Zantedeschia Crystal Blush is a very pretty variety of calla lily.
20th – China
Try: There’s lots to choose from – in particular go for a beautiful China Pink, also known as Dianthus chinensis
25th – Silver
Try: Silver Vine is the common name for Scindapsus Pictus.
30th – Pearl
Try: Choose Anigozanthos Mini Pearl, a pale pink Kangaroo Paw.
35th – Coral or Jade
Try: Coral Bells (Heuchera) are a wonderful choice, or try the Jade Flower which has some truly eye-catching colours
40th – Ruby
Try: The aptly named Setaria Red Jewel.
45th – Sapphire
Try: Sapphire Flower, or Browallia, is a great option.
50th – Gold
Try: Zantedeschia Florex Gold is pure deep yellow. Or what about the Narcissi Soleil d’Or meaning ‘Gold Sun’
55th – Emerald
Try: The Emerald Fern, otherwise known as Asparagus Densiflorus, comes as both an indoor plant and cut foliage.
60th – Diamond
Try: Choose from iris Blue Diamond – a rich navy colour, the alstroemeria Diamond – a pretty white flower, or a light pink West Diamond carnation.
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