28th Wedding Anniversary

Your 28th wedding anniversary might not have the milestone buzz of your 25th or 30th, but it’s still special. Check my guide for some gifts and celebration ideas to cherish your partnership.

Author: Justin AldridgePage Updated: 28 May 2024

Discover The 28th Year Wedding Anniversary

Congratulations on reaching the 28th year of your marital adventure! That’s a ton of smiles, a heap of shared secrets, and countless “remember when” moments. Sure, the 28th might not scream “epic milestone!” but that doesn’t mean it’s any less deserving of popping some bubbly. I’ve put together a list of gifts and tips that promise smiles and memories.

Traditional Gift

Wow, 28 years together! That’s a journey filled with love and special moments. For this anniversary, there’s no traditional gift, but orchids are the modern choice. These elegant flowers symbolize thoughtfulness and love, just like your relationship.

After 28 years, your romance is still going strong. So, let’s celebrate with orchids galore! Have them delivered to your home, plant some in the garden, or buy a gorgeous orchid bouquet. Let the orchids be a symbol of the strength and love you’ve grown over the past 28 years. Here’s to the journey so far and the many years ahead.

Cup cakes anniversary sea glasss frame


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.

Traditional Gemstone

Amethyst is the traditional 28th year anniversary gemstone

The amethyst is a beautiful purple stone that symbolizes royalty, elegance, and passion. It’s just the right gemstone to show off the special connection you’ve built in your 28 years of marriage.

Your love has remained strong for nearly three decades, enduring through all of life’s ups and downs. Over the years, you’ve uncovered more layers of your connection, each one adding to its beauty.

This gem shows the rarity and value of a bond like yours. Its bright color shows that energy and romance are still alive in your relationship. The gem’s clear shine is proof of your unwavering commitment to each other.

Traditional Flower

28th year anniversary traditional flower and modern gift is the orchid

After 28 years, your marriage is blooming beautifully, similar to an orchid. This flower captures the care you’ve shown your relationship, allowing it to thrive in the nurturing home you’ve built.

The beauty and diversity of orchids represent the passion and imagination that keep your love alive. You’ve always found creative ways to surprise each other and keep your love fresh.

Moreover, the orchid’s ability to last reflects the strength and loyalty of your commitment. Through life’s challenges, your bond has remained strong. Together, you stay grounded and supportive.

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Modern Gift

The modern 28th anniversary gift and the traditional flower just happen to be the same – the magnificent orchid.

This graceful and exotic flower reflects a relationship that’s been tenderly nurtured for almost three decades. Just like an orchid, a marriage flourishes when both partners care for each other’s needs and foster a passionate environment.

The orchid symbolizes not just enduring love but also the excitement of growing together. This flower’s vibrant varieties inspire you to keep the romance alive by making time for new adventures. It’s about cherishing the familiar yet always being ready for what’s new.

How Long You´ve Been Married

28 years / 336 months / 1,461 weeks / 10,227 days / 245,448 hours / 14,726,880 minutes (more or less)

Fun Fact

If you lived on Neptune, you would have been married for 0.17 years and if you lived on Mercury 116.27 years…get your head around those figures!

Gift Ideas for your Husband

Your husband deserves nothing but the best! With these unique 28th-anniversary gift ideas, you can show him just how much you love him.

  • Amethyst cufflinks and tie pin set – for his formal attire
  • Amethyst dress set – color-coordinated style with a tie and shirt
  • Noise-cancelling headphones – for undisturbed listening pleasure
  • Custom vinyl record – relive your wedding day melodies
  • Personalized pocket knife – a sleek tool in its own display box
  • Men’s fleece bathrobe – wrap him up in cozy warmth
  • Novelty socks with husband’s face – upgrade his sock drawer


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 dear husband,

28 years later and you still give me butterflies! Who knew we’d get to this place when we said “I do” as starry-eyed newlyweds.

Through all of life’s adventures together, you’ve been my steady rock. My best friend. My partner in laughter, growth and dreaming big.

Here’s to 28 years of relationship magic – and many more to come! Happy anniversary to the man who keeps me smiling every single day.

Love, XXX

Gift Ideas for your Wife

28 years of love, laughter, and endless memories – it’s time to celebrate your better half! Surprise your wife with a special gift that she truly deserves.

  • Amethyst pendant – jazz up her wardrobe with a gemstone necklace
  • Glass trinket box – store her jewels in amethyst elegance
  • Spa gift set – turn her bathroom into a flower-scented retreat
  • Amethyst bracelet – add sparkle to her day with a bead-accented accessory
  • Orchid earrings – bring botanical flair to her look in silver or gold
  • Silk scarf – wrap her in luxury with an orchid print
  • Orchid socks with fun prints – brighten her day with every step
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.

The perfect frame for an Anniversary or wedding gift.

Try this special wish:

My darling wife,

Can you believe it’s been 28 years since we promised each other forever? Time flies when you’re with your best friend!

We’ve created so many wonderful memories together along the way. You still give me butterflies every single day.

Thank you for being my steady rock through life’s adventures. For growing with me. For keeping our romance alive.

Here’s to 28 years down, and many more laughs, dreams and smiles to come. Happy anniversary to the most caring, fun and beautiful woman I know!

Love always, XXX

Gift Ideas for the Couple

Ditch the traditional gifts and get creative. Check out my favorite picks for the power couple in your life.

  • Orchid painting – capture their love in a custom watercolor portrait
  • Orchid plant in a personalized pot – grows alongside their relationship
  • Picnic cool bag or box – for romantic outdoor dining adventures
  • Mr. Right and Mrs. Always Right aprons – for the couple that cooks and laughs together
  • Matching puzzle keychains – to connect them in a small but meaningful way

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Fun Fact

Do you have allergies?  Well, you have found your flower in orchids because they are great for people with allergies!  Orchid pollen is not airborne, rather, it is stored in a waxy substance, pollen packets called pollinia.

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Fun ways to Celebrate

Fun ways to celebrate your 28th anniversary year

At home idea:

You may think you need extravagant dates to have a good time, but that’s not always the case. You can celebrate your 28th wedding anniversary with a cozy living room picnic. Scatter your pillows, spread your blankets, and grab takeout from your favorite place. Get your sentimental juices flowing as you listen to your wedding playlist and flashback to all those special moments. 

You can also put your memory to the test – who remembers more details about the big day? Have a fun little competition by playing wedding trivia and see who comes out on top. Then, wrap up the evening by renewing your vows and dancing around in your socks.

On a budget idea:

Take a trip back to where your love story unfolded. You could go to that special place where you first met or shared that unforgettable first kiss. Walking together at this sentimental spot will naturally stir up some sweet nostalgia.

Capture these moments by taking selfies, imitating your old poses from back in the day. This is your chance to reminisce about your early dreams, plans, and the feelings you had in those initial moments.

In the evening, complete your celebration with a romantic dinner at the very same restaurant where you had your first date. Raise a glass and toast to the beautiful bond you have shared for all these years.

An adventurous idea:

Repell or absail down rockface for this this years adventurous idea

For your 28th anniversary, you both can try something exciting like rock rappelling. It’s a great activity for couples who haven’t tried it yet. Head to a known rappelling spot like a mountain or canyon, where you can learn all about the gear and safety from the pros. Once you’re geared up, stand by each other’s side and start your descent. As you rappel down, keep looking up to the sky until you reach the bottom. It’s an experience that’ll pump adrenaline through your veins and deepen the trust between you. 

When you’re back on solid ground, give each other a high five – you’ve both just nailed an unforgettable adventure. If rappelling isn’t quite your speed, horseback riding is a fantastic alternative. Find a ranch that offers sunset rides and set off through the countryside together. Riding at sundown, with the colors of the sky changing minute by minute, is serene and just as bonding.

A luxury idea:

If you’re after some luxury and have been dreaming of that small yet exquisite hotel in the countryside, go ahead and book their best suite. It’s got plenty of space and comes with a fantastic view. Wake up when you feel like it, and start your day with a rich breakfast right in bed. Take your time.

Spend your morning just unwinding – maybe in those cozy hotel robes or by the poolside. Later on, walk down to the lobby and find a stylish car waiting for you, courtesy of the hotel.

This car will take you straight to a beautiful riverboat by a quiet river. Hop on and enjoy a lunch cruise that’s set up just for you two. Raise a glass of bubbly and celebrate 28 amazing years together as you smoothly sail amidst calm and captivating surroundings.

Fun Fact

Did you know there is a scented chocolate orchid? Check out Oncidium ‘Sharry Baby’.  Being in a room with one of these orchids is like unwrapping your favorite chocolate bar.

Common Questions about the 28th Wedding Anniversary

Q: What is the 28th wedding anniversary called?

A: The 24th wedding anniversary is called the orchid anniversary.

Q: What is the 28th wedding anniversary gemstone called?

A: The 28th wedding anniversary gemstone is called amethyst.

Q: What is the 28th wedding anniversary symbol?

A: The 28th wedding anniversary symbol is the orchid.

Q: What is the 28th wedding anniversary color?

A: The 28th wedding anniversary color is lavender.

Q: What are the traditional and modern gifts for a 28th wedding anniversary?

A: Although there isn’t a traditional gift associated with this milestone, you can take inspiration from the modern anniversary gift of the beautiful orchid flower.

Q: What is the 28th year anniversary flower?

A: The 28th wedding anniversary flower is the orchid.

Did You Know?

The name, “amethyst,” comes from the Greek word, “amethystos,” meaning “not drunken.” This is because throughout history, it has been said to ward off drunkenness. 

The Empress of Uruguay is the world’s largest amethyst geode, standing at a height of 3.27 (10 foot 7.25 inches) meters and found in Uruguay in 2007, it is open along its length and weighs in at 2.5 tons. Impressive!

Did you know that vanilla comes from an orchid and that the vanilla orchid is a long, thick-leafed vine? The fragrant vanilla orchid flower may last only a few hours.

Traditional and Modern Gifts Around The World

Traditional Gift – UK UKNo Traditional Gift
Traditional Gift – US USANo Traditional Gift
Traditional Gift – Australia AustraliaNo Traditional Gift
Traditional Gift – Canada CanadaNo Traditional Gift
Traditional Gift – Spain SpainAmber
Traditional Gift – Germany GermanyCarnations
Traditional Gift – France FranceNickel
Traditional Gift – Italy ItalyAmber
Flower Gift Anniversary Flower GiftsOrchid
Gemstone Gift Gemstone anniversary giftsAmethyst
Modern Gift Modern Anniversary GiftsOrchid

Lighthearted Wishes

Reaching 28 years of marriage is such an amazing milestone! It takes commitment, compromise, laughter, and a whole lot of love to nourish a relationship for nearly three decades. Your enduring partnership is an inspiration to all who know you.

Wishes for the Happy Couple:

Wishing you many more years of love, joy and friendship!

Thank you for reminding us that true romance still exists.

Wishing you many more adventures, precious memories, and fun date nights ahead!

May the sparks you felt on your first date last a lifetime.

Here’s to honoring the past 28 years, while toasting to your future together!

However you decide to celebrate your 28th wedding anniversary, make sure to have a good time and remember all the years that have passed – you’re almost at 30 years!

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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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