1st Anniversary Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

While there are some traditions for celebrating your 1st wedding anniversary, the nicest thing about it is that there are no hard-and-fast rules. You can do whatever you and your spouse want to do. Whether it’s a quiet evening at home or an elaborate weekend getaway. Of course, as more people get married and start celebrating anniversaries, they have questions and develop opinions on what anniversary gifts are appropriate, what dates should be celebrated, and how to honour their special day. Here’s a list of the most frequently asked questions we’ve come across in the past few years, and our replies.

What is a first wedding anniversary?

It’s the day that marks the one-year anniversary of your wedding date, and it’s a great opportunity to celebrate your love!

Why celebrate your First Anniversary?

It’s important to make time to celebrate the big moments in life, especially those moments that are shared with the people you love most.

What is the tradition for the 1st wedding anniversary?

The tradition for the first wedding anniversary is to give paper. Why? Because it represents the first year of your marriage, which you have now completed.

  • It’s a symbol of how far you’ve come as a couple and how much you’ve grown together over that time.
  • The fact that it’s made out of paper shows how easy it can be to throw away something good or precious if we’re not careful, so this gift is meant as a reminder not only of what your relationship means but also how important it is not to take anything for granted while working towards having an amazing future together!

When should we have our first anniversary party?

That depends on what kind of couple you are and how much time you want to spend planning for the event. If you’re a more laid-back couple who doesn’t like overthinking things too much, then maybe having a small get together with close family members and friends would be appropriate. On the other hand, if you’re more ambitious and want to throw an epic bash with all of your nearest and dearest friends and family members coming out in full force, then go for it! Just make sure you pick an occasion date that works well for everyone involved since this is a special day for both of you as well as all of those closest to you who will be partaking in festivities as well!

What is first wedding anniversary called?

It’s fine to call it the first anniversary, it is also know as the Paper Anniversary (or Paper Wedding) as this is the traditional symbol of the wedding anniversary.

What should I do for my 1st-Anniversary?

In short, celebrate and commemorate the day. Social etiquette traditionally has mentioned that a gift with a theme of paper should be given, although continue reading and you’ll find there are other gift ideas also.

How do I celebrate my 1st-Anniversary?

As a couple, this is for you to decide. Typically it is celebrated intimately with just the two of you. Having said that a video party is a popular way to celebrate also. This is where you get together with family and friends to watch your wedding video.

Wedding Anniversary Symbols

What is the symbol for the First Anniversary?

There are more than one:

  • Traditional Gifts are Paper themed.
  • Modern Gifts are Clock themed.
  • Gemstone gifts are Freshwater Pearl themed
  • The appropriate flower for the 1st anniversary is the Pansy.

The Traditional theme is the main symbol for any wedding, which in this instance is paper.

What do you mean there’s more than one symbol for each year!

That’s right, just to make life a bit more complicated there is more than one wedding anniversary material for every year. This however, can be useful in the years where the normal themes throw’s a wobbly such as Books for the 4th Anniversary, you can select something appropriate from one of the other lists.

See our Anniversary Gifts page for ideas that match these themes as well as experiences and commemorative items appropriate to the year.

What is the modern gift for a first wedding anniversary?

The modern gift for a first wedding anniversary is a clock. A clock can be any type of timepiece, from an alarm clock to a wall clock to a wristwatch. Clocks are symbolic because they represent time passing by and how it’s important not to waste it on things that don’t matter. The first year of marriage is special because you’re still getting used to being with each other all the time, so giving each other something as practical as a clock shows how much appreciation you have for their presence in your life now that everything has changed so much over these last twelve months!

What Are Some Popular Gifts for a First Wedding Anniversary?

When you’re looking for a gift for your first wedding anniversary, it’s important to think about what your partner likes. If they are an outdoorsy type of person, consider buying them something related to their favourite activity–whether that’s hiking or camping. If your spouse loves music and plays an instrument, give them something musical as well as sentimental. And if they love to cook or bake, you can buy them the supplies they need to make their favourite recipes.


List the Lists!

What is all the different lists called then?

Starting with the most popular there is the Traditional Anniversary symbol list then the Contemporary (or Modern) Anniversary material list after this you have the Gemstone and Precious metal Anniversary list with the Appropriate Flower for you Anniversary following up the rear.


To follow or not to follow

Why should I select a gift based on the Anniversary Material.

There is absolutely no reason why you should celebrate your anniversary with a theme as suggested within these lists, many marriages have lasted a couple of years without following the lists! no, I jest. How you choose to celebrate you union with what should be your life partner, soul mate or whatever you call them over the years (I’ve had a few choice ones!!) then it is yours and your partners choice.

One word of advice however is always make an effort to celebrate your anniversary its a chance to rediscover why you chose to marry your partner in the first place.