While you've probably heard that silver is the symbol for 25 years of marriage and gold is the symbol for 50 years, did you know that most anniversaries have their own flower? If you're getting ready to celebrate an anniversary, choose a flower to represent your blossoming relationship.
First Anniversary: Carnation
Carnations have long been associated with young, passionate love due to their youthful and vibrant full bloom. Newlyweds are the epitome of young, passionate love! The honeymoon phase is usually referred to as the first year of marriage because it is one of the most exciting times in a couple's life.
Second Anniversary: Cosmos
Couples have a better understanding of what marriage entails by the second year of marriage. The "honeymoon" period is likely over, and now is a time of great growth and understanding (both collectively and individually). Cosmos' intense beauty perfectly captures a young couple's love.
Third Anniversary: Sunflower
A third-year marriage, like the sturdy stem of a sunflower, has a solid foundation. The sunflower, which always faces the sun, symbolizes both the challenges they've already overcome and the bright, happy times ahead.
Fourth Anniversary: Geranium
Geraniums represent the coming together of two people in mind, body, and spirit. By the fourth wedding anniversary, couples have truly become comfortable in their new roles as husband and wife.
5th Anniversary: Daisy
Though daisies appear to be a simple flower at first glance, their structure and texture are incredibly unique and exciting. A couple's life may seem routine or mundane after five years of marriage, but there are still plenty of surprises to be discovered, just like a daisy. The daisy is also associated with loyalty and "forever love."
10th Anniversary: Daffodil
Daffodils are a lovely way to commemorate your first ten years of marriage. A daffodil is a small flower. When arranged in a bouquet, however, they appear to come alive in a massive bloom. These flowers beautifully represent the coming together of all of your little memories to form one incredible life.
15th Anniversary: Rose
The rose is the flower that best represents intense passion, lust, and love. It may therefore surprise you to learn that it is the 15th anniversary flower. Most couples have been through it all, the good, the bad, and the ugly, after 15 years together. Roses are the ideal way to show that your love is still as strong and passionate as it was on your first anniversary, no matter what has happened.
20th Anniversary: Aster
Asters were thought to have magical properties that gave you knowledge and wisdom in ancient times. What better way to commemorate everything you've learned about each other and yourself over the course of your marriage than with a party?
25th Anniversary: Iris
The iris, which is said to represent the spirit, love, and aura of Paris, is a beautiful way to commemorate your quarter-century together. The iris, which stands tall and vibrant, represents both the strength and futility of your relationship. Whatever happens, you and your partner are both strong and bright.
30th Anniversary: Lily
Lilies are frequently associated with motherhood, the passage from one stage of life to the next, and remembrance. Children are moving out, and couples may be considering retirement, so the 30th anniversary is often a time of big changes and reflection. The lily is the ideal flower to remind you to take a step back and appreciate everything you've accomplished together over the past three decades.
40th Anniversary: Gladiolas
Derived from the Latin word, gladius, meaning “sword,” the gladiolas flower tells the person you love that no matter how much time has passed, he or she still “pierces your heart.”
50th Anniversary: Roses and Violets
Fifty years of marriage is an incredible achievement. This is the only anniversary that is commemorated with two different flowers to honor this achievement. These flowers represent the long life of two people who have come together to support and complement one another because of their complementary colors.