The start of celebrating wedding anniversaries dates back to the Holy Roman Empire when husbands would crown their wives with silver wreaths on their 25th, and a gold wreath on the 50th. Then in the 20th century commercialism led to more anniversaries being recognized with specific gifts.
For instance the 1st anniversary traditional gift is paper, while the modern is a clock. It's kind of funny because I got Dillon a watch for our 1st and didn't even know. The 2nd year is cotton for traditional and china for the modern list. I haven't thought about his gift yet but I have some time.
I noticed that they also have a gift for the 85th anniversary, moonstone for traditional, or the wife's birthstone for the modern gift. I have yet to meet anyone that has celebrated their 85th anniversary. I bet if someone did they would probably be in the paper, or the news!
They even have a list of flowers for each year. Carnations for the 1st, lily of the valley for the 2nd. There's no flower for the 85th, but yellow rose or violet is for the 50th.
So there's a lot of options and ideas for each year. I think it's kind of sweet to stick to the theme for each year, as long as it's still nice and personal. Something that's meaningful to your spouse. That they look at and think "wow, they really know me!".
Some couples make something special for each other. Now I like crafts but I'm not sure Dillon would appreciate my glitter coasters like I do haha. Who knows though, he could surprise me!
What was your most memorable wedding or dating anniversary?