45th Wedding Anniversary

Congratulations on your 45th wedding anniversary! That’s the sapphire milestone – strong, enduring, and surprisingly sparkly after all this time. My guide has some unexpected gifts and celebration ideas for this big day.

Author: Justin AldridgePage Updated: 29 May 2024

Discover The 45th Year Wedding Anniversary

So, you’re hitting the big 45 – that’s your sapphire wedding anniversary. Sapphires are tough cookies – second only to diamonds in their strength. They symbolize honesty, loyalty, and steadfastness that’s been the backbone of your relationship. The 45th wedding anniversary is a shoutout to your indestructible bond that’s seen it all and come out shining. I’ve got some exclusive gift inspiration for marking this monumental event.

Traditional Gift

For the 45th wedding anniversary, sapphire is the traditional gift. This gemstone, with its deep blue hue, symbolizes the strong commitment and deep love built over 45 years. Like sapphires, which develop under intense heat and pressure, a marriage reaching this milestone has grown strong by facing life’s challenges together. The vibrant color of the sapphire reflects a love that remains bright and passionate, even after nearly half a century.

Sea glass together beautifual place


“Together is a beautiful place to be”

A framed, handmade design of a family of birds made with genuine sea glass. Message reads “Together is a beautiful place to be”. The sea glass is collected by the creator from the beautiful Mediterranean beaches in Southern Spain.

This makes a lovely and unique anniversary gift..

Traditional Gemstone

Traditional 45th year anniversary gemstone is sapphires

If there’s one gemstone that captures the essence of your incredible 45-year-long journey, it’s the sapphire. The deep blue sapphire, glowing and timeless, symbolizes lasting love. This resilient gemstone forms under crazy heat and pressure, which is pretty much what long-term relationships go through. But here you are, still going strong. That’s what a sapphire stands for: a bond that’s solid, passionate, and lasting.

Traditional Flower

Traditional 45th year anniversary flower is blue iris

The blue iris has majestic purple edges that beautifully represent 45 years of marriage. It embodies the wisdom and devotion nurtured over this time. Just as this flower returns strong every year, it symbolizes your relationship’s resilience, with roots deeply connected and blossoms reaching for the sun each spring.

Its soft petals reflect the comfort found in a life shared closely, while its firm stance represents the solid foundation of a long-lasting partnership. The blue iris, blooming with hope and faith after 45 years together, shows the deep connection and joy between two people who have weathered life’s seasons as one. Its vibrant color speaks to the profound love and harmony that defines your journey together.

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Modern Gift

For a 45th anniversary, the sapphire is the ideal modern gift, capturing over four decades of love in its striking blue hue. This gem isn’t just for show – it symbolizes the enduring connection you’ve nurtured together. With its vibrant color, the sapphire celebrates a relationship that’s only grown stronger and more passionate over the years. It stands for a love that’s matured into a deep and lasting romance. So, go on and wear that stunning sapphire proudly. Let the world see your eternal bond that keeps getting better each day.

How Long You´ve Been Married

45 years / 540 months / 2,348 weeks / 16,436 days / 394,464 hours / 23,667,840 minutes (more or less)

Fun Fact

If you lived on Jupiter, you would have been married for 3.79 years and if you lived on Mercury 186.87 years…get your head around those figures!

Gift Ideas for your Husband

For the man who’s adventured alongside you for 45 amazing years, I’ve got some epic gift ideas that go beyond the usual.

  • Sapphire crystal watch – upgrade his timepiece collection
  • Sapphire and silver tie clip – for his professional attire 
  • Personalized blue sapphire bath gown – make his relaxation time luxurious
  • Engraved silver hip flask – a stylish way to enjoy his go-to drink
  • Latest tech gadgets – keep him ahead with cutting-edge technology
  • Funny personalized photo t-shirt – capture a laugh with a memorable picture


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:

On this radiant sapphire anniversary, I wish for our love to forever shine with the brilliance it has gathered over 45 years. May we remain each other’s steadfast harbor through life’s storms, our passion burning as brightly as the sapphire’s fire.

After four decades together, you remain my most precious treasure. Here’s to polishing our union to even greater brilliance with each passing year. With all my love, now and always. XXX

Gift Ideas for your Wife

Who says chivalry’s dead? This knight still has tricks to make your ladylove shine. Here are some charming little wonders that will show off the love and awe you hold for your wife.

  • The blue sapphire necklace – to complement her grace
  • Sapphire earrings – put her in the spotlight
  • Designer handbag in sapphire shade – organize her daily carry
  • Sapphire-colored vase – add some blue iris flowers
  • Iris print silk scarf – to use as a chic hair accessory
  • Funny photo socks – keep memories close in a playful way
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 Eternal Flame,

For 45 revolutions, you’ve illuminated my world with infinite brilliance. Our bond, refined over decades, now blazes with vivid fire – forever’s perfect sapphire gemstone.

I wish for our love to burn ever brighter, two souls in a dazzling, unbreakable union. Each dawn, may I become more hopelessly lost in the azure depths of your devotion.

You are my life’s rarest masterpiece. Here’s to polishing our love’s eternal brilliance, my resplendent sapphire. XXX

Gift Ideas for the Couple

Consider giving something that screams, “You two are legendary,” without actually going for the clichéd picks. I’ve got some truly unique gift ideas that aren’t your everyday finds.

  • Sapphire anniversary plate – serve a special anniversary dinner on it
  • Monthly book subscription – fuel their shared love of reading
  • Engraved two-hearts silver photo frame – capture and display their latest adventure
  • Personalized family photo blanket – snuggle under during movie nights
  • Sapphire anniversary pebble art – place in their favorite nook for daily smiles
  • Gourmet chocolate and wine hamper – for a sweet and savory toast to their love

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Fun Fact

Interesting facts about sapphires that may surprise you, sapphires can be found in a variety of colors, including pink, peach, purple, yellow, orange, green, teal, and even colorless. So next time you think of sapphires, don’t just limit yourself to a rich blue color, unless you´re celebrating a 45th wedding anniversary!

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Fun ways to Celebrate

Fun ways to celebrate a 45th sapphire wedding anniversary

At home idea:

For your sapphire anniversary, invite your closest family and friends for a cozy celebration at home. Decorate with sapphire blue touches with soft throw blankets, little candles, and fresh blue flowers like irises to make the place look special. Hang up some fairy lights and put light blue fabrics for that warm and welcoming vibe.

Arrange for top-notch caterers to prepare a special multicourse meal, choosing luxurious favorites you’ve enjoyed together over the years. You can go for dishes like blue cheese soufflés, truffle risotto, and beef tenderloin with a sapphire wine sauce. Serve a unique sapphire gin cocktail with violet liqueur for guests.

Now, for some music to set the vibe, consider bringing in a local jazz band. They can fill your space with smooth tunes that are perfect for reminiscing and slow dancing with your partner.

On a budget idea:

Celebrate your Sapphire anniversary by enjoying the great outdoors. You can head out to a beautiful park or hit up a hiking trail nearby. Grab a picnic basket and fill it with the good stuff – crunchy bread, your favorite cheeses, some juicy fruits, and a bottle of wine you both love. Wander around, holding hands, enjoying the fresh air and the bright blue sky.

When you’ve walked enough, find a sunny spot, lay down your blanket, and enjoy your picnic. It’s the perfect time to look back on all the years you’ve shared and appreciate how you’ve grown together – more comfortable, better at talking things out, and cozier with each other. While you’re lounging, take turns reading out loud some old poems, vows, or love letters from the early days.

As the day turns to night, check out if there’s any free live music or concerts happening around your area. A bit of jazz or blues in a local park could be just the thing for an impromptu dance under the stars.

An adventurous idea:

For an adventurous idea try sports fishing for this years celebration

For your 45th anniversary, consider a half-day private fishing charter. Wake up early, pack snacks and drinks, and head to the dock. You’ll meet your captain there, an expert in all things fishing. As the boat sets off, enjoy the ocean’s breeze. The captain will guide you through different fishing techniques, such as fly casting, trolling, and bottom fishing. It’s quite the rush when you feel that first pull on your line. Maybe it’s a marlin or a snapper, but catching it together makes it even more special.

While you’re waiting for the next big catch, it’s the ideal time to relax. Share those funny fishing stories from back in the day, laughing together as dolphins play nearby. Once you’ve made your catch, you’ve got two options: enjoy it cooked fresh right by the dock for a seaside lunch to remember, or let it go and have a great story about “the one that got away.” Either way, you’re making memories that’ll stick.

A luxury idea:

Reaffirm 45 years of devotion with an intimate vow renewal ceremony in a stunning outdoor spot, like a garden, vineyard, or beach at sunset. Only have your closest family and friends there. You can decorate the space with touches of sapphire blue, delphiniums, ivory roses, and light blue drapes.

During the ceremony, you and your spouse will say new vows to each other. A jazz trio can play in the background, adding to the mood with saxophone tunes and soft singing.

Afterward, move to a tented area for the reception, where guests can enjoy sapphire gin cocktails. Feast on a four-course meal from top caterers, featuring dishes like mushroom soufflés, steak, and a special cake that looks like it’s decorated with sapphires.

Fun Fact

On the Mohs scale of hardness, sapphires score a 9 out of 10, the only naturally occurring item that can scratch a sapphire is a diamond.

Common Questions about the 45th Wedding Anniversary

Q: What is the 45th wedding anniversary called?

A: The 45th wedding anniversary is called the sapphire anniversary.

Q: What is the 45th wedding anniversary gemstone called?

A: The 45th wedding anniversary gemstone is sapphire.

Q: What is the 45th wedding anniversary symbol?

A: The 45th wedding anniversary symbol is sapphire.

Q: What is the 45th wedding anniversary color?

A: The 45th wedding anniversary color is sapphire red.

Q: What are the traditional and modern gifts for a 45th wedding anniversary?

A: For a 45th wedding anniversary, both traditional and modern gifts suggest sapphire.

Q: What is the 45th year anniversary flower?

A: The 45th wedding anniversary flower is the blue iris, which symbolizes faith and hope.

Did You Know?

The Star of Adam is an oval-shaped blue star sapphire, currently the largest star sapphire in the world. It weighs 1,404.49 carats (280.898 g; 9.9084 oz).

The Black Star of Queensland discovered in Queensland, Australia in the 1930s, served as a doorstop for over a decade before being discovered by a sharp-eyed lapidary, Harry Kazanjian.

What is a lapidarist I hear you ask? It´s a person who cuts, polishes, or engraves gems.

The Blue Belle of Asia is the most expensive blue sapphire sold ever! in 2014 this gem made a price of $17,564,156 at auction.

Traditional and Modern Gifts Around The World

Traditional Gift – UKSapphire
Traditional Gift – USSapphire
Traditional Gift – AustraliaSapphire
Traditional Gift – CanadaSapphire
Traditional Gift – SpainSapphire
Traditional Gift – GermanyBrass
Traditional Gift – FranceSilver Gilt
Traditional Gift – ItalySapphire
Flower GiftBlue Iris
Gemstone GiftSapphire
Modern GiftSapphire

Lighthearted Wishes

Through life’s ups and downs, they’ve been each other’s anchors, best friends, and sources of endless laughter and inside jokes. It’s time to shower them with all the cheesy, pun-filled, sappy sentiments their beautiful union deserves!

Our marriage may be relatively young, but we sapphire-ly hope it lasts as long as yours has!

They say a diamond is forever, but a 45-year marriage? Now that’s some serious BLING!

45 years of putting up with each other’s silly antics – congratulations!

Thanks for making “groaning at dad jokes” look like the coolest couple’s hobby around.

Your marriage is like a fine wine…although after 45 years, it’s more like an exquisite, full-bodied port!

Congratulations on 45 years of love and companionship! May your future be as bright and beautiful as the sparkle in each other’s eyes.

Through countless date nights, family milestones, and moments of triumphs and struggles, this beautiful sapphire couple has crafted a brilliant, everlasting love story like no other. Here’s to their brilliant future ahead!

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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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