As a change from wedding anniversaries, I thought I would add another well-loved celebration, that of Mother’s Day. Here in the UK, it will be on 31st March, and in the US, it is celebrated on 12th May. The tradition actually began in the United States, in 1908, and was the idea of Ann Reeves Jarvis, a peace activist who assisted wounded soldiers in the American Civil War. Her mother died in 1905 and she campaigned tirelessly to create a nationally recognised holiday to celebrate Mother’s Day. In 1914, it was officially declared by Woodrow Wilson, that it would be celebrated annually on the second Sunday in May.
Why Cotton for the Second Anniversary?
Cotton is the material which symbolises the second wedding anniversary, a celebration which is often overlooked, following the excitement of the first year. Cotton is a strong and flexible material, and can be seen to represent a couple beginning to “twine” together, the marriage itself becoming stronger after two years.
Three Years of Marriage
With the symbol for a third wedding anniversary being the material leather, you may be struggling for ideas, either for a couple about to celebrate or for something for your husband or wife. You may be surprised to learn just how many options there are, many of which can be personalised for an extra touch of thoughtfulness. Why not consider key rings, bound books, decorative ornaments, bags, bracelets or camera straps. You can even buy leather cards these days, or you could splash out on luggage or furniture. Here, I have suggested some of the best gift ideas for a leather anniversary, to suit all budgets and tastes.
Why is Bronze the Symbol for the Eighth Anniversary?
As bronze is an amalgamation of tin and copper, so it can be seen that marriage is the joining of two people, who together are stronger. It represents the strength that has been achieved over eight years, combining time and perseverance. Bronze is said to have healing powers and can symbolise the healthy state of marriage, overcoming any challenges and obstacles by working together as a couple. As bronze today is mainly used for electrical connectors, it’s hardly the most romantic of materials!
As we are all about keeping the romance alive here, with the continued celebration of wedding anniversaries, it would be wrong not to discuss Valentine’s Day 2021. This annual event takes place on February 14 and is also known as the Feast of Saint Valentine, originating as a Christian tradition to honour the saint. However, just to confuse matters, there was more than one Saint Valentinus, to give him his full name. Although celebrated throughout the world, Valentine’s Day is particularly popular in the Philippines, where mass wedding ceremonies take place for hundreds of couples.
The approach of a full seven years of marriage can seem somewhat daunting, and in my conclusion to this article, you can find out why! Assuming, however, that all is well, and you are looking for wool wedding anniversary gifts for a special couple, then I have some ideas and suggestions for you. If you are not thrilled at the thought of giving a woollen gift, which can be seen as a little dull, then you have the option of flower and gemstone symbols for further inspiration. If you are looking for something unusual and undoubtedly memorable, then the afternoon tea experience as detailed below may well appeal.
The third anniversary is symbolised by the stunning moonstone, which is found easily as a jewellery item, may be somewhat difficult to source as a more unusual gift. It belongs to the family of feldspars and can be found in a variety of colours including blue, green and yellow. The soft glowing sheen of the moonstone is actually called adularescence, with the rainbow variety being the most sought after.
The sunflower is a favourite theme for decorating many items, making it easy to choose something appropriate and suitable, no matter what your budget or taste. The first thing that springs to my mind when thinking of sunflowers is the series of paintings by the Dutch artist Vincent van Gogh. Unfortunately, he is better known for severing his own ear and his psychotic episodes, culminating in his suicide at the age of 37. After that happy story, here are my favourite sunflower gift ideas for a third anniversary!
The much celebrated second wedding anniversary is associated with the beautiful gemstone, the garnet. Ancient Romans were particularly fond of garnets. While the word garnet comes from an old English word which means dark red, it can also be found in other colours, with blue being the rarest and most valuable. The clear examples are the ones used for jewellery, ornaments and healing crystals, while the other opaque garnets are used in industry as an abrasive. The stones are mined primarily in northwestern India, but synthetic versions can also be created in laboratories. Garnet symbolises energy, health and passion, perfect for anniversaries!
The sixth anniversary may not be seen as something to celebrate. The date of marriage has long past, and the first milestone of five years is but a distant memory. However, it’s still a momentous occasion and deserves some recognition. Whether you wish to spoil your husband or wife, or you are friends or family of the couple in question, it shows thoughtfulness if you remember and celebrate the anniversary. The symbol for the sixth anniversary is that of iron, which doesn’t mean to say that an actual iron would be welcomed! There are some great ideas for iron wedding anniversary gifts, so I hope you find something suitable from my suggestions.