One of the many perks of getting married is knowing that you get to celebrate that date every year for the rest of your lives together. Paper, wood, tin, crystal, china – whatever your special number, every anniversary in between should be celebrated in style!
Hallmark Hotels is known for having a romantic side, offering award-winning wedding packages at venues across Great Britain, so it’s only natural that we want to be there for you as you celebrate your marriage anniversaries as the years go by too!
We’ve put together a handy happily-ever-after guide to wedding anniversaries and how to do them well, with gift ideas, party planning tips and a sprinkling of everlasting love.
Gift Ideas for Every Milestone Anniversary
The concept of wedding anniversaries has existed since the Holy Roman Empire when husbands traditionally gave their wives a silver wreath crown on their 25th anniversary and a gold wreath for their 50th.
Today, it’s customary to celebrate every year you are together, rather than every quarter of a century, so getting your spouse an anniversary gift for every year of marriage is a good idea.
If you go by tradition, then here’s the list of traditional gifts for some of the key years in the first 50 years of marriage, all the way from paper to gold:
- 1st Anniversary: Paper
- 2nd Anniversary: Cotton
- 3rd Anniversary: Glass (traditionally leather)
- 4th Anniversary: Fruit or flowers
- 5th Anniversary: Wood
- 6th Anniversary: Sugar
- 7th Anniversary: Wool
- 8th Anniversary: Metal
- 9th Anniversary: Pottery
- 10th Anniversary: Tin / Aluminium
- 12th Anniversary: Silk
- 13th Anniversary: Lace
- 14th Anniversary: Ivory
- 15th Anniversary: Crystal
- 20th Anniversary: China
- 25th Anniversary: Silver
- 30th Anniversary: Pearl
- 35th Anniversary: Coral
- 40th Anniversary: Ruby
- 45th Anniversary: Sapphire
- 50th Anniversary: Gold
For your first year (paper), you could get your spouse a print of some kind; a work of art or a wedding photo they haven’t seen. You could also name a star after them or adopt an animal and give them the certificate to prove it. With paper being such a broad topic, the possibilities are endless – so get imaginative!
The second anniversary gift symbol is cotton, so you could get personalised towels, luxury Egyptian cotton sheets or a clothing item they’d love that is made of cotton.
For the third year, leather, you could get them a leather passport cover and surprise them with a weekend break abroad… Or, you could opt for the eco-friendlier by using the modern gift symbol for 3 years of marriage: glass. Ideal if you make vegan choices.
Five years is wood; so you could have a wooden ornament made for them or you could buy them a very special bottle of wine, presented in a fancy wooden box.
On your ten year anniversary, the traditional gift is tin. Therefore, going for a luxury item in a pretty tin such as chocolates, bathroom products or tasty food treats makes for a safe bet. Or, if you like to think outside the box, present tickets to a concert or plane tickets in a gorgeously decorated personalised tin to really give your spouse a surprise!
Throw a party and invite all your friends and family
There’s no better way to commemorate your marriage anniversary than to put on a proper do and invite all your wedding guests back again (and any new friends you’ve made since) to celebrate.
You could dance to your first song again, order a show-stopping wedding cake or just put on a nice buffet and dance till the wee hours with your nearest and dearest.
We have a selection of around 170 event and function rooms across our 26 gorgeous hotels so amongst these spaces, you are bound to find somewhere that is perfect for your party.
If you’re planning your anniversary party in Derby, then your best choice is Hallmark Hotel Derby Midland. In addition to being housed in a gorgeous grade II listed building with stunning Victorian features including sash windows, towering ceilings and period details that will wow your guests, the hotel also offers a range of exquisite celebration packages.
With several banqueting suites (and more event rooms) to choose from, as well as a special party planning team on board to help, you could host the perfect intimate dinner with your closest friends and family or throw an extravagant party with DJ, bar, dancefloor and printed menus! The choice is yours!
You could also hire one of our function suites and host a banquet dinner for your family and friends or throw a swish soirée complete with red carpet arrival, balloon centerpieces, and a delectable buffet. Find your nearest Hallmark Hotel and get in touch with the events team to secure a bespoke celebration package that matches your exact needs to mark your special anniversary.
Plan an Anniversary Getaway
For this very special occasion, you could plan a romantic getaway for two, escaping the daily routine, and enjoy a mini-break celebrating your years together.
For an enchanting break that combines adventure and history, head to Gloucester and enjoy wandering through the historic city, the magical Cotswolds and the nearby Forest of Dean. You can then head back to recharge your batteries and enjoy some relaxation and couple time at Hallmark Hotel Gloucester. Here you can revitalise with treatments in the spa, enjoy an elegant afternoon tea, tuck into mouth-watering British classics in the Hallmark Grill and get a blissful nights sleep in our famously comfy beds.
Or, if you’d rather be beside the sea, you could head to the golden beaches on the south coast and enjoy a sun-soaked holiday in the English riviera at Hallmark Hotel Bournemouth Carlton. With an outdoor pool, epic sea views and a plethora of scintillating activities right on your doorstep, it’s the perfect place to spend a romantic and invigorating anniversary weekend.
If in your mind, shopping, luxury, history and adventure should all be combined on an anniversary getaway, then head to Hallmark Hotel Chester The Queen, which provides a magnificent oasis in the heart of the busy historical city of Chester.
A city where you can shop till you drop in one of the most famous shopping quarters in the UK, before visiting roman ruins or wandering round the world-famous zoo. You can then retire to a grandiose and award-winning Victorian hotel to enjoy dinner for two in our double AA Rosette restaurant followed by a blissful night’s sleep in one of our richly decorated rooms.
However you decide to celebrate your wedding anniversary, Hallmark Hotels are with you all the way. Just contact us and let us know how we can help you design your dream celebration!