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1st Wedding Anniversary -- Ideas and Symbols

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The first year of marriage is often considered the year of adjustment. As you celebrate this special 1st wedding anniversary, reflect on the both the delicate and hardy aspects of your marriage and of your love for one another.

Here are some first wedding anniversary ideas and symbols to help you choose paper or clock gifts associated with your 1st marriage anniversary. Check out readers' suggestions, too.

1st Anniversary Traditional Gift:

Paper. It symbolizes the strength in paper that comes from the interlaced connection of the paper's individual threads.

1st Anniversary Contemporary/Modern Gift:

Clocks. Henry Van Dyke wrote, "For those who love, time is eternity."

1st Anniversary Gemstone:

Gold Jewelry, Pearl, or Peridot

1st Anniversary Color:

Gold or Yellow

1st Anniversary Flower:

Orange Blossom or Pansy.
The meaning of a pansy is that the receipient is being thought about. The pansy's name comes from the French word pensée which means thought or remembrance.

The meaning of an orange blossom is purity, innocence, eternal love, marriage and fruitfulness, and fertility.

Ways to Celebrate Your 1st Anniversary:

  • Eat the top layer of your wedding cake.
  • Purchase tickets for a movie, sports event, concert, theatre, etc. to attend together.
  • Plan a dinner at a special restaurant or plan a trip together. (Buy Direct)
  • Plan a picnic with paper plates and cups. If you saved any of these items from you wedding reception, use them!
  • Have a paper treasure hunt for your spouse. Leave clues throughout the house that eventually lead to a romantic location.
  • Use paper flowers for a centerpiece for your anniversary dinner. Or use the dried bouquet from your wedding.

Gift Suggestions to Purchase for Your 1st Anniversary:

  • An anniversary journal to record your memories of your anniversaries throughout your marriage. You may think that you will never forget how you celebrated your anniversaries, but the chances are you will! Write down how you spent your anniversary together and what gifts you gave to one another.
  • Purchase a framed share of stock in a major company that has meaning to the both of you.
  • Stationery.
  • Postcards.
  • Calendar.
  • Magazine subscription.
  • Jigsaw puzzle.
  • Paper weight.
  • Book.
  • Art print.
  • Sheet music.
  • Road map describing a trip to take together.
  • Egg timer.
  • Kitchen timer.
  • Wrist watch.
  • Outdoor sundial.

Gift Suggestions to Make for Your 1st Anniversary:

  • Stuff a pinata or pretty box with new paper money, confetti, love note, book on romance, magazine, love coupons, paper flower, picture of the two of you, etc.
  • Create love notes and hide them.
  • Create love coupons.
  • Print tickets for a movie night and watch your wedding video.

Time Capsule Ideas for Your 1st Anniversary:

Check out readers' anniversary suggestions and look forward to celebrating your 2nd anniversary!

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