While you’ve probably heard that the symbol for 25 years of marriage is silver, or that 50 years is celebrated with gold, did you know that there are wedding anniversary flowers for each year of marriage? If you’re about to celebrate an anniversary, commemorate your blooming relationship with its corresponding flower.
1st anniversary: Carnation
Because of their youthful and vibrant full bloom, carnations have long been used to represent young, passionate love. And nothing says young, passionate love like newlyweds! The first year of marriage is one of the most exciting times in a couple’s life, hence why it’s usually referred to as “the honeymoon phase.”
2nd anniversary: Cosmos
By the second year of marriage, couples have a deeper understanding of what marriage really entails. The “honeymoon” phase is likely over and it’s a time of great growth (both together and individually) and understanding. Cosmos’ intense beauty perfectly captures the love of a young marriage.
3rd anniversary: Sunflower
Just like the sturdy stem of a sunflower, a marriage in its third year has a strong foundation. The sunflower, which always faces the sun, represents the challenges the couple has already overcome and the bright, cheerful times that lie ahead.
4th 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 may at first glance look like a simple flower, their structure and texture are incredibly unique and exciting. After five years of marriage, a couple’s life may begin to seem routine or mundane; however, just like a daisy, there are still plenty of surprises left to discover. The daisy is also used to represent fidelity and “forever love.”
10th anniversary: Daffodil
Daffodils are the perfect way to represent your first decade of marriage. Individually, a daffodil is small. However, when you arrange several in a bouquet, they seem to come alive in a massive bloom. These wedding anniversary flowers wonderfully symbolize the coming together of all your little memories and combining to make one extraordinary life.
15th anniversary: Rose
No flower symbolizes intense passion, lust, and love more than the rose, so it may come as a surprise to find it’s the 15th anniversary flower. After 15 years together, most couples have been through it all — the good, the bad, and the ugly. Roses are the perfect way to show that no matter what has happened, your love is still just as strong and passionate as it was on your first anniversary.
20th anniversary: Aster
In ancient times, it was believed that asters had magical properties that gave you knowledge and wisdom. So what better way to celebrate all that you have learned about each other — and yourselves — during two decades of marriage than with this magical flower?
25th anniversary: Iris
Believed to embody the spirit, love, and aura of Paris, the iris wonderfully honors your quarter century together. Standing tall and vibrant, the iris represents the strength and fertility of your relationship. No matter what happens, you both are standing tall and bright.
30th anniversary: Lily
Lilies often represent motherhood, a transition from one stage of life to another, and remembrance. The 30th anniversary can be a time of big changes and reflection: Children are moving out and couples may be considering retiring. The lily is the perfect flower to remind you to take a step back and look at all you two have accomplished over the past 30 years.
40th Anniversary: Gladiolus
Derived from the Latin word “gladius” meaning “sword,” the gladiolus flower tells the person you love that no matter how much time has passed, he or she still “pierces your heart.”
50th anniversary: Yellow roses and violets
Fifty years of marriage is an amazing accomplishment. To honor this milestone, this anniversary is the only one celebrated with two different flowers. As complementary colors, yellow roses and violets represent the long life of two people who have come together to support and complement each other.