British Anniversaries

Anniversary silver

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. The anniversaries listed below are a useful guide, and may help with the selection of appropriate gifts - for more information visit our dedicated page.

1 paper

2 cotton

3 leather

4 flowers, fruit

5 wood

6 sugar

7 wool, copper

8 bronze, pottery

9 willow, pottery

10 tin

11 steel

12 silk, linen

13 lace

14 ivory

15 crystal

20 china

25 silver

30 pearl

35 coral

40 ruby

45 sapphire

50 gold

55 emerald

60 diamond

70 platinum

New: Debrett's Recommends

New: Debrett's Recommends

Debrett's Recommends

Debrett's Recommends

Debrett’s Recommends is an exclusive collection of luxury lifestyle goods and services hand-picked by Debrett’s.

Find Out More
Natasha Devon's Lessons for Life

Natasha Devon's Lessons for Life

Natasha Devon's Life Lessons

Natasha Devon's Life Lessons

The government's mental health champion on the importance of education outside the classroom

Find out more