Anytime you reach a major milestone in life, it’s something worth celebrating. But you know what makes it so much sweeter? When you reach a major milestone with someone else. Today, we’re talking about the importance of wedding anniversaries and dating anniversaries with your significant other.
Not only are we going to dive deep into the history and culture surrounding these momentous occasions, but we’ll also look at the best way to celebrate, the best anniversary gifts to give, and ways to recognize friends and family who’ve made it to the next level.
Anniversaries by Year
While all anniversaries celebrate relatively the same thing, the amount of time you’ve made it means wildly different things. For example, a one year anniversary is special because it’s the first one the two of you have made it to. But on that same token, a 25 year anniversary is special because it’s a major milestone and known as the Silver anniversary.
Below, you’ll find links to our guides on wedding anniversaries and relationship milestones broken down by the year. Each guide not only covers the celebration for marriages and relationships, but it also has some incredible gift guides to help commemorate the occasion.
- 1 Month Anniversary
- 1 Year Anniversary
- 5 Year Anniversary
- 10 Year Anniversary
- 15 Year Anniversary
- 20 Year Anniversary
- 25 Year Anniversary
- 30 Year Anniversary
- 35 Year Anniversary
- 40 Year Anniversary
- 50 Year Anniversary
- 60 Year Anniversary
Famous Wedding Anniversary Milestones
The current Guinness Book of World Records for the longest marriage goes to Herbert and Zelmyra Fisher who were married for 86 years and 290 days as of February 27th 2011 when Herbert passed away.
What is an Anniversary?
An anniversary is a date-related milestone used to commemorate the length of something. When it comes to wedding anniversaries, it’s how long the couple has been married from the day they officially say “I do” and sign their marriage license. For relationships and dating, the anniversary can mean a lot of different things. It could be the first-date anniversary, the anniversary of when they decided to become an official couple, or the anniversary of their first kiss.
Here are a few definitions of the term anniversary from some dictionary sources.
- the annual recurrence of a date marking a notable event. (Source: Merriam Webster Dictionary)
- the day on which an important event happened in a previous year. (Source: Cambridge Dictionary)
- a date when you celebrate something that happened in a previous year that is important to you (Source: MacMillan Dictionary)
Can you have an anniversary for a month milestone?
Contrary to what the MacMillian Dictionary says about anniversaries having to have happened in the previous year, yes, you can have monthly milestones. You see this a lot in relationships where people like to celebrate a 1-month anniversary or a 6-month anniversary, or something like that. If it’s a special milestone to you and you want to celebrate it, don’t let a dictionary tell you that you can’t!
Tips to Reach a Longer Wedding Anniversary Milestone
Wedding anniversaries aren’t just fun to celebrate. They also represent two people who have made it through thick and thin, for better or for worse, and chosen to stay committed to one another. But is reaching an anniversary milestone easy? Not even close. It requires work, effort, and a constant push to better understand each other.
While we aren’t going to be able to give you everything you need to know to reach a longer wedding anniversary milestone on one page, we’re going to give you some thoughts. Below, you’ll find a list of a few tips to get you started to reach that 1 year anniversary, 10 year anniversary, 25 year anniversary, 50 year anniversary, and hopefully longer!
Do You Celebrate Wedding Anniversaries When Married?
Yes! Most people do celebrate wedding anniversaries when they’re married. Does this mean that you have to if you don’t want to? Not at all. It is 100% up to you and your significant other if you want to celebrate wedding anniversaries when you’re married.
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