1st Wedding Anniversary

So, you’re about to celebrate your first ‘paper’ wedding anniversary. Exciting, right? I’ve got a practical guide right here to help you celebrate this milestone of your 1st wedding anniversary.

Author: Justin AldridgePage Updated: 27 May 2024

Discover the 1st Year Anniversary

Wow, your 1st wedding paper anniversary already? The days go by in a blur when you’re in love. This one’s called the ‘paper’ anniversary because the first year of marriage is fresh and delicate like paper. I’ve put together some heartfelt gift and celebration ideas for this beautiful occasion.

Traditional Gift

If your first wedding anniversary is coming up, according to tradition, you should give a gift made out of paper. It may seem ordinary, but paper can come in all shapes and sizes. 

There are many creative ways to make a personal and meaningful gift with paper. You can write a personal letter, create a scrapbook of memories from your first year together, or even bring out your inner artist and make some artwork.

The point of the paper gift is to reflect on your first year of marriage and the loving bond you share. It’s like adding a new page to the story of your relationship.

sea glass love birds


A wonderful handmade artwork displaying two birds in love and a heart shaped balloon, all handmade with sea glass and pebbles. The sea glass and pebbles are collected by the artists from the beautiful Mediterranean beaches in Southern Spain. Personalized for you.

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Traditional Gemstone

Traditional gemstone for the 1st year anniversary is gold

So, you know how every wedding anniversary has a special gemstone linked to it? Well, for the 1st year, it’s not actually a stone, but it’s gold. It might seem a bit out of the ordinary, but there’s a pretty cool reason behind it.The beginning of married life is a unique time. Just as gold is shiny and untarnished, so is this early stage of marriage.

A 1st-anniversary gold gift shows how precious and important this first year together really is. This metal is easy to shape, which is a lot like how newlyweds learn to be flexible with each other.

Traditional Flower

Traditional flower for the 1st wedding anniversary is carnations

Carnations are the traditional flower for the 1st wedding anniversary. They come in many colors, each with their own meaning that reflects your first year of marriage.

Pink carnations express the joy and warmth of new love for newlyweds. Meanwhile, white carnations symbolize purity and good luck for the bright future ahead. Red carnations, on the other hand, celebrate the deepening lovestruck bond and admiration you share.

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Modern Gift

The modern 1st year anniversary gift, believe it or not, is a clock. A clock represents the precious time the couple has spent together and the many moments they have yet to share.

But what makes this gift truly special is the personal touch you can add. From classic pendulum clocks to modern digital ones, there’s a wide range of styles to reflect your growing bond. Plus, it marks your first anniversary without being too over-the-top. Simple, yet meaningful!

How Long You´ve Been Married

1 year / 12 months / 52 weeks / 365 days / 8,760 hours / 525,600 minutes (more or less)

Fun Fact

If you lived on Neptune, you would have been married for 0.01 years and if you lived on Mercury 4.15 years… get your head around those figures!

Gift Ideas for your Husband

Choosing a perfect gift for your husband is not easy. You want to get him something he will love and appreciate, but if you’re not sure what, here are a few ideas:

  • Love letter or book of love notes – pen your feelings for a sentimental surprise
  • Gold bracelet – add an engraved special loving message
  • Concert, play, or sporting event tickets – for thrilling shared experiences
  • Romantic coupon book – redeemable for date nights, massages, & home-cooked meals
  • Luxury pen set – to sharpen his work essentials
  • Handmade sea glass art – personalized with a loving message
  • 1st anniversary calendar – personalized with your favorite pics
  • Engraved multi-tool – personalized with his name and wedding date
  • Personalized experience gift – an experience that will create lasting memories
  • Funny T-Shirt – with a cheeky print like “Best Husband Since [Year]”


Handmade framed design of a couple in love, all made with pebbles and genuine sea glass. The sea glass and pebbles are collected by the artist from the beautiful Mediterranean beaches in Southern Spain.

This can be pesonalized with your own message and makes for a lovely and unique anniversary or wedding gift to give to a loved one.

Try this special wish:

My Dearest Husband,

Today marks one of the happiest days of my life – the day I became your wife. I can’t believe it’s already been a year since we said “I do” and embarked on this adventure called marriage.

I feel so blessed to be sharing my life with my best friend. You are my closest confidant, my biggest cheerleader, and the love of my life. I can’t wait to see what adventures our future holds.

Happy anniversary, my love! I hope you feel how much you mean to me today and every day. I love you to the moon and back.

Forever yours,

Gift Ideas for your Wife

Ready to score some serious brownie points with your better half? Check the list below for ideas that match your wife’s splendid taste and personality.

  • Gold Jewelry – an elegant necklace, bracelet, or earrings 
  • Designer purse – stylish handbag from a coveted brand she loves
  • Luxury robes and slippers – a silky robe and slipper set to relax at home
  • Your song – printed onto cotton canvas and framed
  • Handwritten poetry or song – expressing your love and feelings
  • Flower delivery – anniversary bouquet or monthly flower subscription
  • Engraved two heart keyring – romantic gift add your names to each half
  • Gift certificate – for a spa massage, salon package, or shopping mall spree
  • Class or workshop – that interests her and allow her to explore her interests
  • Funny gift apron or t-shirt – with a witty quote or saying for a hearty laugh
We are better together - Sea Glass love birds framed gift


“We are better together”

A wonderful handmade framed unique design of a couple of love birds, including a sweet quote. The quote can be personalized for you. The sea glass and pebbles are collected by the artist from the beautiful Mediterranean beaches in Southern Spain.

This makes a lovely unique anniversary or special occasion gift.

Try this special wish:

My darling wife,

This past year as your husband has been a dream come true. Thank you for blessing me with your love, kindness, and friendship. You have made our home a place of joy, comfort, and laughter.

On our wedding day, I vowed to love you unconditionally – and that promise holds true today more than ever. You are my soulmate, my heart, my everything.

Happy anniversary, my love! I can’t wait to celebrate many more by your side.

Yours forever,

With a thoughtful gift from the heart, you can convey your love while making her feel pampered and appreciated.

Gift Ideas for the Couple

Can you believe it’s already been one year since the happy couple said “I do”? As they celebrate their first anniversary as husband and wife, it’s the perfect time to honor this special milestone with a meaningful gift.

  • Photo album – chronicle their first year for a walk down memory lane
  • Framed wedding vows – a beautiful reminder of their special day
  • Tickets – to a concert, play, or game for an exciting day together
  • Personalized stationery or notebooks – jot down some of your thoughts and dreams for the couple
  • Poetry book or collection of love letters – to inspire romance and reflection
  • Multi photo upload framed print – shaped into a loving photo heart
  • Engraved clock – a desk or wall clock marked with their wedding date
  • Sand hourglass – decorate their new space with a timeless piece
  • Garden sundial – to enhance the couples outdoor space
  • A personalized clock – a sentimental and functional gift

No matter which gift you choose, be sure to include a heartfelt card congratulating the couple on their first of many anniversaries to come!

Fun Fact

Mexico, there is a tradition called “la mordida de la torta” or “the bite of the cake”. On the wedding day, the bride and groom take a bite of the wedding cake at the same time. The person who takes the bigger bite is said to be the head of the household.

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Fun ways to Celebrate

Fun ways to celebrate a 1st wedding anniversary

The first wedding anniversary is a chance for a couple to celebrate the milestones and memories from their magical first year of marriage. There are many fun and romantic ways to commemorate this relationship milestone by exchanging heartfelt love notes sealing them in a time capsule to be opened on your 10th anniversary.

At home idea:

Spending your 1st anniversary at home can be just as special as going out. Start by creating a romantic atmosphere. For example, you can scatter a trail of rose petals that guide them toward a surprise candlelit dinner.

But don’t just stop at dinner. Make it more special by preparing a surprise after-dinner activity. Perhaps you could set up a cozy movie night with all your favorite films and snacks. Pop open some bubbly – what’s an anniversary without a toast to love? 

Pen down your deepest feelings in love letters, then seal them away in a time capsule with a few special mementos. Pick a future anniversary date to reopen this vault of love. You could even make this a yearly anniversary activity!

On a budget idea:

Exchange gifts that value time over money; after all, time is our only asset we can never get back. Think about creating love coupons. They could offer anything from a homemade dinner to a relaxing foot massage. Another idea is to craft custom artwork inspired by your wedding day or vows. 

Take a trip down memory lane by pulling together a photo album or video montage. You can include all the special moments from your first year together, from major milestones to everyday joys.

An adventurous idea:

Why not try a hot air balloon ride with your spouse?

For an adventurous anniversary, why not try a hot air balloon ride with your spouse? The view is nothing short of spectacular. You can see for miles in every direction, with the treetops and rolling hills sprawling out below you. 

Feel the gentle breeze caress your skin. Up here, you’re free, unburdened by the world below. It’s just you, your partner, and the vast, open sky. And the adventure doesn’t have to end there. After the ride, you both could get matching tattoos as a permanent reminder of the day.

A luxury idea:

Luxury can take on many forms. It might mean a stay at an opulent hotel and spa or an exquisite dinner at that upscale restaurant you’ve always wanted to try. But luxury isn’t always about money. It can also be about giving back, like volunteering at an animal shelter.

The key is to celebrate in a way that resonates with you as a couple. Get creative and plan a day that touches the hearts of the two of you.

Fun Fact

So why were certain materials chosen as presents to symbolize specific anniversaries?

It is generally believed that increasingly durable gifts were chosen for successive years to represent the progressive strengthening of the marriage relationship. As the years go by, gifts increase in strength and value – from paper to diamond.

Common Questions About The 1st Wedding Anniversary

Q: What is the 1st wedding anniversary gemstone?

A: The 1st wedding anniversary doesn’t have a traditional gemstone, but it’s represented by gold. Gold symbolizes the bright and shining start of married life.

Q: What is the 1st wedding anniversary called?

A: The 1st wedding anniversary is known as the Paper Anniversary.

Q: What is the 1st wedding anniversary symbol?

A: The 1st wedding anniversary is symbolized by paper.

Q: What is the 1st wedding anniversary color?

A: The color synonymous with the 1st wedding anniversary is Yellow.

Q: What are the traditional and modern gifts for a 1st wedding anniversary?

A: The traditional gift for the 1st wedding anniversary is paper, and the modern gift is a clock.

Q: What is the 1st year anniversary flower?

A: The classic flower for the 1st wedding anniversary celebrations is the carnation.

Did You Know?

The oldest known piece of paper is thought to date from around AD 150 and was discovered in Wuwei in China’s Gansu province.

Recycling one ton of paper saves 17 trees.

A book titled Teeny Ted from Turnip Town, measuring 70 micrometres x 100 micrometres, holds the Guinness World Record for being the smallest reproduction of a printed book.

Traditional and Modern Gifts Around The World

Traditional Gift – UKCotton & Paper
Traditional Gift – USPaper
Traditional Gift – AustraliaPaper
Traditional Gift – CanadaPaper
Traditional Gift – SpainPaper
Traditional Gift – GermanyPaper
Traditional Gift – FranceCotton
Traditional Gift – ItalyCotton
Flower GiftCarnation
Gemstone GiftGold
Modern GiftClock

Around the World

Isn’t it fascinating how diverse our world is? Though we all celebrate love, the way we express it can be so beautifully unique. Let’s look at how different cultures celebrate their first wedding anniversary:

  • Italy – The tradition is to exchange gold coins on the first wedding anniversary. This gesture expresses a wish for prosperity and a joyful future together.
  • China – The first wedding anniversary is known as “zhi jie hun,” or the paper wedding anniversary. It’s a time to celebrate with symbolic paper gifts that represent strength and longevity.
  • Germany – The first wedding anniversary is the “Papierhochzeit” or “paper wedding.” Couples in Germany often exchange paper gifts.
  • Ghana – The first wedding anniversary is known as “Akwasidae.” Here, couples commonly give traditional clothing items such as kente cloth or adinkra symbols. These gifts are deeply rooted in culture and history.

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About The Author

Hi! I’m Justin and I’m the typical sort of person that tends to leave things at little too late…especially when it comes to celebrating my anniversary. I started this website to help couples plan and celebrate their special occasions together. I don’t profess to know it all…but you can at least learn from my mitakes 😉 Read more about me here…

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