History tells all _ We talk about a diamond anniversary th), golden ࿒th) and silver ྐྵth) and so much of it stems from traditions started hundreds of years ago. A man would crown his wife with a silver or gold wreath on their 25th or 50th wedding anniversary. Today, like many other traditions, commercial interests have jumped aboard the bandwagon. In 1937 the main Jewellery Association in the United States “invented” the specific gifts for every year. So, now retailers happily tell us that your first wedding anniversary requires a gift of paper; the second cotton, third leather, fourth silk and the fifth wood. On a more serious note, the rules about the type of gift have, in the main, been re_invented for commercial purposes. Obviously, the 25, 50 and 60 year anniversaries are most important and tradition probably demands you follow the tradition. But for the others, use your imagination and always remember that it's the thought that counts.
The first wedding anniversary is always special. The theme for this year is paper. Granted, it sounds boring when pictures of flashy jewelry, expensive perfumes and such and such flashes before your eyes, but the good news is that all these gifts will follow in the later years. For now, focus on paper and what will be a good gift with this theme. Try some Chinese paper lanterns that you can hang up over the dinner table, or a unique paper painting to adorn your living room.