30 Year Anniversary

You’ve crossed a threshold when you hit your 30 year anniversary. The 10th anniversary and 25th anniversaries are significant milestones. When you’ve passed them, you know you’re doing something right.

So, our 30 year anniversary guide not only covers the best gifts celebrating your longevity but why pearls are the perfect symbol. You’re also about to find out how many people make it to the 30th. We’ll clue you in on what to order at the florist and suggest a few creative ways to celebrate the once-in-a-lifetime occasion.

30 Year Anniversary Facts

  • Anniversary Stone/Material: Pearl – alternatives include diamond and jade
  • Anniversary Flower: Lily
  • Modern U.S. Gift: Diamond
  • Traditional U.S. Gift: Pearl
  • Traditional U.K. Gift: Pearl
Couple on the beach

How Many People Reach their 30 Year Anniversary?

While 30 years might feel like a lifetime, it’s a drop in the bucket compared to the currently longest-running marriage in the United States. A couple from Nebraska celebrated 85 years together in 2020!

Still, it’s no small feat to wear the rings for three decades. You’ve probably raised children that might be off now, starting their own families. You’ve had ups and downs and all around’s and are still going strong.

The 30 year anniversary success stories

Do you wonder how many people are in the same boat?

Anniversary statistics aren’t compiled often. However, the U.S. Census Bureau prepared a comprehensive report in 2009 with details on how many couples achieved marriage milestones. More than 60% of men and 57% of women married in the early 60s celebrated (and surpassed) their pearl anniversary.

Long-lasting marriages

Now you might be thinking that things were different in the 1960s, and divorce wasn’t as prevalent. While it’s true that more couples parted in later decades, particularly the 1980s, the tide has turned again.

Since 2011, the divorce rate in the United States has been steadily declining. So, you might feel like you’re the only two who have endured, but quite a few couples are nipping on your heels.

30 Year Anniversary Gifts

Whether you live in the U.S., U.K., Germany, France, Italy, Russia, or Spain, the pearl reigns supreme for 30 year anniversary celebrations. It’s the traditional theme and gemstone across the board.

Why the pearl? – because it represents all of the following qualities.

  • Long-life
  • Fertility
  • Beauty within
  • Wisdom
  • Maturing life
  • Hidden gems

In Asian cultures, the pearl symbolizes the journey of our souls on the path to perfection. You’ve heard the term “pearls of wisdom,” and natural pearls are extremely rare.

So, you can see how pearl-based inspiration comes into play for an anniversary theme focusing on longevity.

Alternatives to pearls

Pearl covers the traditional gift and the gemstone. However, if pearl just isn’t your thing, you’ve got a few modern customs to adopt. Alternate jewels include diamond and jade. Diamond also happens to be the contemporary gift theme in the United States, anyway.

Keep in mind that diamond goes hand in hand with the 50th. So if you can wait 20 more years, you’ll hit the nail on the head with the gift of diamonds.

If you’re doing some online floral shopping, you can head straight to the lilies, as the lily is the official 30th anniversary flower. Lilies represent devotion, beauty, and remembrance, so you can see how all of the 30 year anniversary symbols tie together to celebrate your long-lasting relationship.

Celebrities Celebrate 30th Anniversaries Just Like You

You’ve undoubtedly read all kinds of stories about fast and fleeting celebrity relationships. You know the kind – where they head to Las Vegas one weekend and then file for an annulment the next.

But there’s some longevity in Hollywood as well. The following are just a few of the happily married, well-known couples who have withstood the test of time.

Celebrity couples passing the 30 year anniversary mark:

  • Kyra Sedgwick and Kevin Bacon
  • Michael J Fox and Tracy Pollan
  • Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Brad Hall
  • Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson
  • Denzel and Pauletta Washington
  • Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne

And Sting and Trudie Styler will soon join the 30+ club.

Hidden Gifts for the 30 Year Anniversary

We’ve provided a link to our handy and helpful 30 year anniversary gift guide with some inspiration and unique ideas for you. But we’ve also got a few suggestions for celebrating your 30th in style.

Thirty isn’t considered one of those landmark years, like 25 or 50, but it’s a big one nonetheless. So, we took a “think outside the box” approach to a few ways to commemorate it while staying true to the pearl anniversary designation.

Pearls of Wisdom

Whether you have a formal party, a small get-together, or it’s just the two of you, use oyster shells as your 30 year anniversary theme. Shells are found in shops like Etsy, and you can use them in various ways.

  • Hide a gift for your spouse.
  • Use them as party favors for guests with hidden treasures.
  • Ask your friends and family to come up with little “pearls of wisdom” and slip them inside the oyster shells – similar to fortune cookies. You could open them immediately or save them and open one every subsequent anniversary.

A Trip with Tradition

Use the pearl anniversary as a reason to take an oyster lovers tour.

Oyster and Wine Lovers Cruise

Damariscotta River Cruises offer oyster and wine tasting cruises on Maine’s Damariscotta River. You’ll pass by the oyster farms while enjoying the fruits of their labor. There are plenty of other things to do in Maine, so you could make a long weekend of it or stick around longer and tour the state.

Pearl Resorts in Tahiti

If you’re more in the mood for sun and relaxation, then Tahiti might be calling you. Le Tahiti is in French Polynesia and is the idyllic setting for a 30 year anniversary retreat.

It’ll remind you of those “too good to be true” TV and movie vacations. You just know they have to be filmed on a studio lot because they seem too perfect. But the beach, the sun, and the fun are all authentic and anniversary-ready.