23rd Wedding Anniversary

Ignite the spark all over again on your 23rd wedding anniversary. Here’s my guide with some gift and celebration ideas that will leave your spouse speechless with joy.

Author: Justin AldridgePage Updated: 28 May 2024

Discover The 23rd Year Wedding Anniversary

When you’ve been married for 23 years, you’ve reached what’s fondly known as the silver plate anniversary. It may sound cheeky, but there’s more to it. This milestone honors resilience, flexibility, and the evolution of love. Your partnership has been strengthened and refined over the course of 23 years. All the bumps have only added to its gleaming beauty. I will share some heartwarming ways to celebrate your 23rd wedding anniversary.

Traditional Gift

The traditional gift for a 23rd wedding anniversary is a silver plate. This anniversary is like an old, precious metal – it’s been shaped and polished over the years into something beautiful and meaningful. Just like how metals are crafted into useful and stunning objects, your years together have formed a bond that’s full of care and significance.

This anniversary isn’t just about the material gifts. It’s about celebrating the warmth and connection that has grown between you two. The real gift is taking a moment to appreciate every shared experience in your past and looking forward to the journey still to come.

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

Imperial Topaz is the traditional gemstone for the 23rd year anniversary

Imperial topaz is traditionally linked with 23 years of marriage. This stone shines with a rich, golden orange color, which is similar to the vibrant energy and passion you two radiate in your life. It’s a symbol of the joy and laughter that have lit up your past two decades together.

Like a comforting campfire on a chilly night, imperial topaz represents the warmth and reassurance found in a strong partnership. It shows how love can amplify your happiest moments and guide you through life’s toughest challenges. Your future together will be as bright as the sparkling beauty of an imperial topaz in the sunlight.

Traditional Flower

No specific flower for this year but we suggest dark red flowers

Although there’s no specific flower for this year, you can celebrate your 23rd wedding anniversary with dark red blooms. The deep, rich color shows the strong bond and love between a couple. Like a fine wine, your love also grows stronger while still keeping its magical feeling.

Red roses symbolize a love story that’s weathered all seasons. They capture those early, thrilling moments of your relationship. Your bond didn’t just last—it grew stronger. The dark red petals represent a mature relationship where words aren’t as important as actions. Just one look can show love, and a gentle touch can bring more comfort than grand gestures.

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Modern Gift

Although silver gifts are the norm, what truly counts is the memories you’ve made over these amazing years together. This anniversary is a perfect moment to reminisce about your shared adventures and anticipate the new experiences still to come. 

Think of the resilience you’ve shown, the laughter you’ve shared, the compromises you’ve made, and the love you’ve nurtured. That’s the real treasure of 23 years of marriage.

How Long You´ve Been Married

23 years / 276 months / 1,200 weeks / 8,400 days / 201,600 hours / 12,096,000 (more or less)

Fun Fact

If you lived on Venus, you would have been married for 37.39 years and if you lived on Mercury 95.51 years…get your head around those figures!

Gift Ideas for your Husband

It’s time to spoil your dear husband with some amazing gift ideas for your silver plate anniversary. Let’s make it a celebration to remember!

  • Imperial topaz and gold ring – for an elegant flair in his attire
  • Orange face sports watch – to keep him timely and trendy
  • Sports gear or team merchandise – show support for his favorite team
  • Personalized engraved silver beer tankard – make his beer time extra special
  • Concert tickets – rock his world with an unforgettable musical night
  • Whisky glasses and silver ice tools – elevate his home bar experience
  • Fun silver spoon engraved with “cereal killer” – turn breakfast into a crime scene

Try this special wish:

To my love,

After 23 years, you still make my heart do backflips! I’m so grateful for our life together and proud of all we’ve accomplished. Thank you for the laughter, the adventures, and for weathering every storm by my side with such grace. I couldn’t ask for a better friend and partner.

I can’t wait to see what the next 23 years hold for us! My love for you now is even stronger than the day we said “I do.”

Always yours, XXX

Gift Ideas for your Wife

Surprise your wife with the gift of everlasting love on your silver anniversary! Find creative and meaningful presents to express your gratitude and devotion.

  • Imperial topaz and gold necklace – to make her shine brighter
  • Romantic message compact mirror – show your love every time she freshens up
  • Silver heart locket with wedding photo – keep cherished memories close to her heart
  • Personalized china dish ring and jewelry holder – for her accessory storage
  • Silver-plated rose – express your timeless love in an enduring way
  • Silver collage picture frame – to cherish your shared moments
  • Fun silver plate dish – labeled as ‘Never laugh at your wife’s choices. You are one of them.’
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A wonderful framed unique design of a pair of cup cakes with a message that you can personalize, all made with genuine sea glass. The sea glass and is collected by the artist from the beautiful Mediterranean beaches in Southern Spain.

This makes for a lovely and unique anniversary or special occasion gift to give to your loved one.

Try this special wish:

To my dazzling wife,

23 years down, forever to go! Thanks for keeping life funky, unpredictable, and endlessly smothered in love. You make me laugh until it hurts and feel luckier than any guy alive.

After over two decades together, I still get butterflies in my belly when I see you. I’d marry you again every year for another 23 anniversaries!

Let’s chase more sunsets, dance in the rain, and keep filling life with joy. You have my whole heart – forever your goofball husband.

Love, XXX

Gift Ideas for the Couple


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.

Celebrate 23 years of marriage with a great couple by giving them the perfect gift. Discover amazing gift ideas for the happy pair!

  • Scrapbook of anniversary wishes – with heartfelt messages from family and friends
  • Silver plate serving tray – for special occasions
  • Garden tools – cultivate their love with customized gardening essentials
  • Photo printed blanket – capture memories on a cozy throw
  • Silver sculpture or garden ornament – personalized decor for their favorite space
  • Meal at their favorite restaurant – a delightful culinary experience they love
  • Silver wine cooler – their favorite wine, always at the perfect temperature

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Fun Fact

What is silver plate?

Pure silver is too soft on its own, so other metals are mixed in to toughen it up. That’s exactly what a silver plate is: a various metal that is covered in a fine layer of silver.

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Fun ways to Celebrate

Fun ways to celebrate your 23rd wedding anniversary

At home idea:

For this special occasion, you can plan a simple movie night at home. Just pick some of your favorite romantic comedies. You’ll need popcorn, candy, champagne, and any other snacks you both love. That’s your movie basket sorted.

Then, turn your living room into a makeshift theater. All you need are some blankets, a few lights for a cozy feel, and your furniture arranged for the best view.

As you watch these feel-good classics, reminisce about the movies you saw together as young sweethearts. Quote iconic lines, hold hands during romantic scenes, and get lost in the stories.

In between movies, make the most of the break time. Ask each other fun questions like, “Which fictional couple reminds you of us?” or “What’s on our romantic comedy bucket list?” It’s a great way to connect on a deeper level and keep the conversation flowing.

On a budget idea:

On a budget? Here’s an idea: compile a photo book of your relationship’s highlights. Include pictures from your wedding, honeymoon, birthdays, new homes, trips, and holidays. Then, add short descriptions explaining why each moment matters to you.

Next, write a love letter or poem that sums up your journey together. Talk about what you value, what makes you laugh, and your hopes for the future. You can read it out loud or even frame it as a special present.

You can also create a “then and now” CD. Pick songs that take you back to when you first fell in love, and mix them with newer favorites that represent your strong bond. Listen together and see how your “couple anthems” narrate your shared journey.

Or, cook an anniversary meal together. Choose dishes that mean something to you, like cultural recipes, food from your wedding menu, or meals from a favorite vacation spot.

An adventurous idea:

Speed boat fun

For couples who love a good thrill, celebrating your many years of adventure with a speed boat ride could be just the ticket. Take to the water side-by-side in sleek dual-seater boats, with stunning seaside or riverside views as your backdrop. Add some excitement by racing each other to the midway point. The rush of navigating tight turns and leaping over waves together will make your heart race. 

You can take a break at a secluded beach cove that’s only accessible by boat. Lay out a picnic blanket, toast to your anniversary, and share some of the most exciting stories from your 23-year journey. Afterward, take a well-deserved nap under the warm sun. As your day winds down, enjoy the sunset painting the sky with vibrant colors.

A luxury idea:

Treat your partner to a night they won’t forget with tickets to an exclusive Cirque du Soleil performance or the latest Broadway musical sensation.

Start the evening off in a luxury suite at a nearby 5-star hotel. Here, you can prepare for your evening in luxury, sipping on champagne and dressing in your best attire. Then, arrange for a top-tier car service to take you straight to the theater doors. 

The moment you step into the grand venue, you can feel the thrill. Whether it’s the amazing acrobatics of a Cirque du Soleil performance or the captivating story of a Broadway musical, you’re in for some quality entertainment. And from your prime seats, you’ll feel like part of the action.

After the show, wind down at an upscale lounge. Over a glass of wine and dessert, talk about your favorite moments from the performance. It’s the perfect ending to a night that’s all about creating memories.

Fun Fact

The most famous Imperial Topaz is the Blaze, it is 97.45 carats, and is on display in the USA at the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago, Illinois.

Common Questions about the 23rd Wedding Anniversary

Q: What is the 23rd wedding anniversary called?

A: The 23rd wedding anniversary is called the silver plate anniversary.

Q: What is the 23rd wedding anniversary gemstone called?

A: The 23rd wedding anniversary gemstone is called imperial topaz.

Q: What is the 23rd wedding anniversary symbol?

A: The 23rd wedding anniversary symbol is silver plate.

Q: What is the 23rd wedding anniversary color?

A: The 23rd wedding anniversary color is silver.

Q: What are the traditional and modern gifts for a 23rd wedding anniversary?

A: The traditional and modern gift for a 23rd wedding anniversary is a silver plate. Gifts can include serving pieces, tableware, or a sculpture.

Q: What is the 23rd year anniversary flower?

A: The 23rd wedding anniversary flower is not specified. However, you can celebrate it with deep dark red blossoms.

Did You Know?

Imperial topaz with it´s orange to pink hues gets its name from the Russian and Portuguese royal families who coveted this rare gemstone. The pink gemstone mined in the Urals was named to honor the Russian czar. Ownership of the gem was restricted to the royal family.

Silver jewelry is a symbol of wealth and status in the Middle East. They give it as a special gift at weddings and other critical times in life.

The fear of the number 23 is called Duotriophobia.

The date most common to spot a UFO is July 23rd every year.

Shakespeare was born on and later died on the 23rd. The poet lived to be 52.

Traditional and Modern Gifts Around The World

Traditional Gift – UKUKSilver Plate
Traditional Gift – USUSASilver Plate
Traditional Gift – AustraliaAustraliaSilver Plate
Traditional Gift – CanadaCanadaSilver Plate
Traditional Gift – SpainSpainWater
Traditional Gift – GermanyGermanyTitanium
Traditional Gift – FranceFranceBeryl
Traditional Gift – ItalyItalyWater
Flower GiftAnniversary Flower GiftsDeep Dark Red Blossoms
Gemstone GiftGemstone anniversary giftsImperial Topaz
Modern GiftModern Anniversary GiftsSilver Plate

Lighthearted Wishes

Wow, 23 years of marital adventures, misadventures, and “Can you believe we did that?!” moments. This special couple surely has a lifetime of stories to tell from over two decades side-by-side!

Wishing you 23 more years of laughing until it hurts!

May your love story continue with even more plot twists, romance, and cigar-smoking monkeys!

Congrats on 23 years down, forever to go! Keep chasing those sunsets.

You two are #relationshipgoals for the rest of us. Keep the spark alive!

May the cocktail hour never end and the groovy tunes keep playing!

Here’s to YOU and the amazing life you’ve built as loving partners – keep letting your freak flags fly!

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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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