Today I am off to play with the delightful Hessle Ceilidh Band at a Ruby Wedding anniversary – I am reliably informed there will be cake! Its not often that I get to quote Debretts but here is the complete list of wedding anniversaries and some notes on the origins of the tradition – personally I think a ceilidh or barn dance is the best way to celebrate a wedding anniversary –
The historic origins of wedding anniversaries date back to the Medieval German empire, when husbands crowned their wives with silver and gold wreaths, marking 25 and 50 years of marriage respectively.
Other anniversaries have evolved from more commercial origins during the 20th century. Nevertheless, the anniversaries listed below are a useful guide, and may help with the selection of appropriate gifts:
4 flowers, fruit
7 wool, copper
8 bronze, pottery
9 willow, pottery
12 silk, linen