As a paper florist, I get a lot of requests to create something for weddings and just recently, I have gotten a few requests to make a bouquet for a 1st anniversary present and then it hit me–paper is the traditional gift for the first anniversary.
Giving gifts is hard for some, especially if you want to give the most perfect-est gift ever! To give you a some gift giving inspiration, here is a list of traditional and modern gifts loved ones have received and given for years.
So what do these gifts mean? Anniversary Ideas Step By Step has described the meaning for the traditional gifts above, but here are a few of my favorites:
Paper is given on the first year anniversary because “the first year of marriage is like a clean sheet of paper.” Paper has been used historically to record love in forms of stories, poems and letters and like those classic love stories before us, paper would be used to write your love story to begin a new chapter in you life as a couple. Also, paper is delicate and can easily tear which accurately describes the beginning stages of marriage that if handled with care can grow stronger and strengthens over time.
Cotton‘s fibers are much more interwoven than that of paper and symbolizes how strong your marriage has become from the year before. As the days passes and you spend much more time together, your lives become intertwined- yet strong and soft like cotton, you become flexible as you learn to begin to shape your lives together.
Leather symbolizes protection and the strong bond the couple has with each other.
Wood symbolizes strength and wisdom and like a strong stable tree, your marriage has grown deep roots and has learned to grow through the lessons of everyday life.
Steel being one of the strongest metals symbolizes strength, permanence and a bond that cannot be easily broken.
Lace With the years that have passed, time and love creates a beautiful bond that marriage has helped built and that’s what lace represents.
Silver -Although no amount of silver can equate your love for each other, silver has always been precious and very valuable to man. Silver is strong, and symbolizes strength because silver stays strong through the tests of time under any situation, but yet can be flexible enough to be molded into something better.
Looking more into the traditional anniversary gifts above and reading about the meaning for each, I begin to notice that as each year passes, the elements become more intertwined, more durable, tough, solid, rare and much more beautiful just as every marriage is. And what I take from this post is love. Not only love each other, but love your marriage, care for it. When days are rough, stand strong like and remember like silver, your marriage can withstand all types of weather and can be flexible enough to be molded into something better.