25 Year Anniversary

You’re approaching a quarter of a century of marriage. So, it only fits that the big day is known as the silver anniversary – durable, valuable, and long-lasting.

The kids might be out of the house by now, and it’s time for a new chapter in your lives. So, do it up right with romantic gifts for each other and a celebration with your family and friends. Our 25 year anniversary guide will get the ball rolling with old and new traditions and ideas to commemorate you and your spouse.

After all, how many times can you hit a 25-year milestone? 

25 Year Anniversary Facts

  • Anniversary Stone/Material: Silver; alternatives are tsavorite and green garnet
  • Anniversary Flower: Iris
  • Modern U.S. Gift: Silver
  • Traditional U.S. Gift: Silver
  • Traditional U.K. Gift: Silver
Man and woman in wedding dress holding hands outside

How Many People Reach their 25 Year Anniversary?

Marriage statistics fluctuate slightly based on the source. After all, it’s a daunting task to keep up with marriages, re-marriages, divorces, and relationships that have endured without a piece of paper backing it up.

Enduring partnerships

But the U.S. Census Bureau does its best to stick to facts and figures. In a 2011 report, the bureau provided a detailed statistical analysis of the “Number, timing, and duration of marriages and divorces.” The findings revealed that 35% of couples celebrated their 25th anniversary. 

That number is looking bigger and better as time passes, though. Are you aware that the divorce rate is dropping and has been since 2011 when the Census released its data? In 2019, the number of annual divorce filings hit a 20-year low.

So, while you’re in the elite 35% group, membership in your club is slowly and surely increasing over time.

25 Year Anniversary Gifts

If you reviewed the 25 year anniversary facts at the top of this page, you might have noticed that they just scream silver.

There’s no way to get around it, as it’s the theme, the focus of the traditional gift, the modern U.S. gift, and it’s even the designated gemstone, even though it’s not a gem, jewel, or stone.

The 25th was the first celebrated

We take for granted that all wedding anniversaries have been celebrated throughout time, but that’s not the case. Yes, the concept of gift-giving to commemorate a successful union dates back to Ancient Rome and Medieval Germany, but only for the 25th and 50th anniversaries.

One of the earliest customs for the 25 year anniversary was for the wife’s friends and neighbors to present her with a silver wreath. Silver became a gold wreath for the 50th, and the silver and gold designations remain.

Silver and gold are the only two milestones with longevity, though.

Silver milestone

Our current go-to list of anniversaries didn’t come until the 19th century, commemorating every five years. A complete list of “every year celebrations” wasn’t adopted until the mid 20th century. So, you’ve had your share of milestones, but the silver 25th anniversary is deep-rooted.

Why silver?

  • Precious metal
  • Pure silver is pliable
  • Keep it polished (take care of it), and it sparkles and shines forever
  • Strength and endurance

As we mentioned, silver is both the traditional and modern theme in the United States and the United Kingdom. But if you like to veer off the beaten path, you have a few alternatives. They’re not as commonly used but still customary (if that’s important to you).

Savor tsavorite

Instead of heading right to sterling silver collections, you could peruse some tsavorite or green garnet gifts, as both are 25th anniversary alternatives.

Tsavorite is a green garnet, and they both are strikingly close to emeralds.

So, why tsavorite?

Experts make frequent comparisons of tsavorite to emeralds. They agree that emeralds may have a bit more of the sparkling factor. But tsavorite is an ideal 25th anniversary gift because it’s more durable and long-lasting. You don’t need us to explain that significance!

Flowers to commemorate 25 year anniversaries

Whether you’re buying an arrangement for your spouse or you want to do a little something for family or friends hitting the silver mark, your go-to is the iris. It comes in different colors, although purple is the most prevalent.

The iris symbolizes:

  • Faith and hope
  • Perfection
  • Light and life

Did you know?

Van Gogh created an entire collection of paintings focused on irises. The simply named “Irises” was the most expensive artwork in 1987, selling for $53.9 million at the time.

Whether you’re looking for a small token of your affection or want to go all out with a 25 year anniversary present, we’ve got a complete gift guide. The unique suggestions for silver celebrations are ready for purchase or will get your creative juices flowing at the very least.

Who Plans the Big 25 Year Anniversary Celebration?

One of the most frequently asked questions about anniversaries is “who plans the party?”

While we stick to some customs in modern-day society, anniversary etiquette isn’t set in stone.

  • If the couple has adult children or older teens, they typically step up to the plate to do the party planning
  • Parents, family members, or friends could also throw a silver celebration
  • The couple plans their own party (we’ve got some suggestions below)
  • No party – but a destination commemoration

Loved ones throwing a 25 year anniversary party

Anniversary parties can be a grand extravaganza, similar to holding a wedding for the second time, complete with a vow renewal. Or, they can be more intimate gatherings, depending on the budget (and personality).

A few creative party ideas for a 25 year anniversary include:

  • A tribute to 25 years well spent – compiling photos and videos from invited guests
  • Setting up the next 25 – have all guests take lots of pictures at the party, write at least one wish for the future, and upload to a designated website
  • Go silver-crazy with all silver décor, and black and white attire
  • Re-do some of the wedding – bring back a similar band, recreate the cake, invitations, etc.

You plan your own party

There’s nothing wrong with celebrating you and your spouse. You deserve to do whatever you want on your 25 year anniversary. After all, it’s 25 years!

If you don’t want to take the standard party route, you could plan an event that not only commemorates your big day, but other couples in your circle or everyone invited.

  • Set up a vow renewal for all of the invited couples
  • Have a 25-year theme that includes everyone – what they were doing 25 years ago, photos, fashion – even teens would enjoy going retro!
  • Invite your original wedding party out to an elegant dinner (or a backyard barbeque)

Avoid a party, but celebrate anyway!

You don’t have to include anyone else if you don’t want to, as you and your partner did the heavy lifting to get to 25 years.

Plan a romantic getaway or, at the very least, lock yourself away for a staycation. Turn off the phones, wifi, and communication to the outside world, and make plans for the next 25!