23 Jan 2017
Do You Know the Correct Flowers to Give for Each Anniversary?
Flowers are a fantastic gift to give as an anniversary present along with a card of course. Better yet, you can combine the two by giving an anniversary flowercard to turn flower giving into a less cliché gift. However you opt to give flowers though, do you know which the right one for each anniversary is?
Whilst most of us do when it comes to those milestone anniversaries, far fewer are aware that each year of the first decade of marriage is celebrated with a different flower – and for those who weren’t aware of that, here are all ten!
The 1st Year Anniversary
Carnations are traditionally the flower given to wedded couples on their twelve month anniversary. This is because carnations have long been considered a symbol of young love and passion.
Whilst there is no specific colour that is traditionally given and carnations are available in a wide range of hues, many opt to give carnations in the colour or one of the colours their intended recipients opted to incorporate into the scheme of their big day.
The 2nd Year Anniversary
The flower which has come to represent two years of marriage in modern times is that of the cosmos. A rather intriguing and delicate looking flower, the cosmos is a symbol of transformation. Hence, it is the perfect flower to give when the honeymoon has ended, but with it a new and more mature chapter in a couple’s story is beginning.
The 3rd Year Anniversary
Ah, the sunflower. This is one of the most bold, proud and largest of flowers used in bouquets. Characteristically a flame yellow in colour, the sunflower symbolises the growth of hardy foundations and the intention to rise to greater heights.
The 4th Year Anniversary
Germaniums are the flowers most traditionally offered to celebrate four years of marriage. This is because geraniums are a sumptuous mix of both old and new, familiar and surprise. The wealth of vivid colours they grow in mixed with the familiar form they take perfectly conveys the combination of familiarity and excitement facing couples reaching four years of marriage.
The 5th Year Anniversary
It might come as a surprise to some that ringing in the fifth year of anniversary celebrations is the humble daisy. Yet, the daisy is a symbol of stability and enduring beauty; after all, the daisy pops up in all manner of everyday places. Then, this provides gift givers with a wonderful opportunity to get creative. Because daisy bouquets are not a commonplace gift, why not instead make a set of daisy chains, a garland or even give a card or gift emblazoned with a daisy motif?
The 6th Year Anniversary
An increasingly popular wedding day flower, that which represents the 6th year of marriage is the somewhat exotic calla lily. Aesthetically, a sophisticated, unfussy but elegant flower that holds its stiff head up with grace, the calla lilly is a symbol of light and strength.
Whilst used to create stunning splays and bouquets, the calla lily is also a hardy flower and as such can be gifted as a pot plant option and is sold as such in the UK via numerous floristry companies, including the Plants 4 Present company.
The 7th Year Anniversary
Freesia is a striking flower. Their many buds stagger themselves along strong, vivid green stems, at the ends of which small, surprisingly delicate flowers bloom like fireworks.
Traditionally white freesia are given on the 7th year of marriage, perhaps as a nod back to the tradition of brides wearing white gowns in times gone by, though of course today a bride might not have been involved at all. Hence, it will be exciting to see in years to comes how and in what colour variations freesia come to be given to celebrate the fact that equality (at least matrimonially speaking) has now been granted those wishing to marry within the UK.
The 8th Year Anniversary
A scent often associated with the elderly and as well getting a sound night’s sleep, lavender is the flower most often gifted those celebrating their eighth year of marriage.
As with the daisy, the popularity of lavender as a flavour as well as a scent means that the 8th year anniversary is a fantastic opportunity to give a fragrance or edible treat instead of a bouquet. For example, lavender marshmallows, bath salts and room sprays are all great gifts. For more lavender inspired gifts, the Lavender Fields Company has a wealth of them.
The 9th Year Anniversary
The bird of paradise is a flower not often give nor even seen in the UK. Whilst widely available and used as part of more exotic themed bouquets, it is a distinct flower that tends to overwhelm bouquets. Hence, it is best given as a solitary flower and as a standalone symbol of new and exciting adventures yet to befall a couple nearing their tenth year wedding anniversary.
The 10th Year Anniversary
A decade of married life deserves to be celebrated with a flower no less magnificent than a daffodil. Piercingly yellow and blazingly bright, this is a flower of much fame, thanks to the fact that celebrated romantic poet and once poet laureate, William Wordsworth celebrated this humble yet striking flower in what is now the most famous and well known poem yet written in the English language: ‘I wondered Lonely as a Cloud’.
Hence, a fantastic gift to give along with a lovely and possibly even handpicked display of ‘daffs’ (depending on the time of year) is a copy of Wordsworth’s eponymous poem, which you can find via the official Wordsworth website.
Finally, a Word of Warning…
Whilst it is permissible to confuse your flowers or gift the wrong flower for an anniversary and can even prove a welcome and refreshing change for those receiving a dozen bouquets of the same kind, just remember never to give lilies (which are different to calla lilies) as a wedding anniversary gift. Lilies are, in the UK, considered a funeral flower, as explained in more detail via the Lilipedia website; hence, giving them tends to remind recipients of death, grief and the end of something, or someone!