The first anniversary of a couple's wedding day is a special event that is often celebrated by a husband and wife, and their friends and family. Like many celebrations throughout the year, it is customary to send a card and a gift to the married couple on the anniversary of their wedding day. The husband and wife also typically give each other a gift on their anniversary to celebrate their special day.
The first anniversary
Traditionally, each subsequent anniversary year following a wedding day has been allocated with a particular name, so there are specific gifts that are associated with these wedding anniversary years. The first wedding anniversary is associated with paper. This means that on the first wedding anniversary, it is traditional for a married couple to receive gifts produced from, or associated with, paper. The same tradition is applied to flowers and gem stones. The traditional flower that is associated with the first anniversary is a carnation, and the traditional gemstone is mother of pearl.
Modern anniversary gifts
Modern anniversary gifts now vary greatly from the traditional concept of anniversary gifts, as many gift givers look for more unusual or more creative gift ideas. Many first anniversaries are celebrated by giving romantic tokens, such as cuddly teddy bears, decorative hearts, or candles. A popular first wedding anniversary gift is a framed inscription, where the names of the husband and wife, alongside the date of their marriage, can be commemorated within a decorative frame and hung on the wall of the home as a continual reminder of the couple's special day.