Did you know that there are specific flowers for each wedding anniversary? We didn’t either! Lucky, flower experts Flowercard are here to educate us…
Anniversaries are a special milestone in any couple’s relationship and are a chance to reflect on the years they’ve spent together. Whether you like to make a big fuss for your big day, or are the kind of couple who’d rather spend the night curled up on the sofa, at the very least, most couples will exchange flowers.
With so many different types out there, the choice can be overwhelming, so most couples usually play it fairly safe, but where’s the fun in that? Well, to make things easier, here at Flowercard, we’re going to be taking a look at the traditional flowers for each wedding anniversary.
Traditionally, there are certain gifts we’re supposed to give for each year of the relationship (for example, paper for the first year, china for the 20th and silver for the 25th).
However, did you know that there are also specific flowers which are traditionally given for each anniversary year?
Flowers are the ultimate token of love and have been exchanged as gifts for hundreds of years, and now, thanks to this great infographic, we can see which flower goes with each year, from the first anniversary (carnations) to the fiftieth (yellow roses and violets). While some of them are quite traditional, such as roses, tulips and orchids, there are also some slightly more unusual flowers on the list, such as sunflowers (third anniversary) and daisies (fifth anniversary).
The infographic also goes into a little detail about what the flowers actually ‘mean’. For the uninitiated, this refers to what is known as ‘Victorian flower language’. In the Victorian era, flowers began to take on a special meaning, and they were often used to send secret messages between lovers, taking on an entire language of their own. For example, tulips were said to represent Spring, renewal and rebirth, to show your renewed commitment to each other into your second decade of marriage, and the traditional red rose represents passion, romance and the beauty of love.
Sure, it’s a bit of an old-fashioned idea, but there’s something quite romantic about it, so you might find it interesting to see what the flowers for your anniversary used to represent.
You may even want to write the meanings on a card when you present the flowers to your partner, just to let them know how much they mean to you! So, whether it’s your first or your fiftieth, it’s just another way to add an extra special touch to the day, so check out the full list below.