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.
It makes things simpler, it allows for a wider range of gifts to choose from and it's easy beyond words. This concept of associating a particular thing or metal to each year being married is a concept that was started in Europe. The concept is quite handy and therefore continues to be quite popular even today. Let's look through some of these traditional gifts in the following section.