70th Wedding Anniversary

Check my guide to celebrating 70 years together with gifts and celebration ideas that honor a lifetime of love and commitment. It’s time to make your platinum anniversary truly unforgettable.

Author: Justin AldridgePage Updated: 21 March 2024

Discover The 70th Year Wedding Anniversary

This is traditionally known as the Platinum Anniversary, honoured by a gemstone that symbolises true love, purity, rarity and strength. From engagement rings and wedding bands to 70th anniversary jewellery, platinum celebrates the everlasting endurance of love.

Mere superlatives seem barely sufficient as you celebrate the remarkable milestone of your 70th wedding anniversary. You are in exalted company, among an exclusive – and quite rare – group of couples who have been together for a truly epic seven decades.

Traditional Gift

The traditional 70th wedding anniversary gift of platinum symbolizes the rare and enduring nature of a love that has stood the test of time. Much like this precious metal, the bond shared by the celebrating couple is unbreakable, resilient, and lustrous.

Traditional Gemstone

Traditional 70th anniversary gemstone is the smoky crystal

The 70th anniversary gemstone, smoky crystal, holds a unique allure and significance as a symbol of resilience, clarity, and wisdom. With its mysterious depths and smoky hues, this gemstone reflects the depth of the couple’s bond, forged over seven decades of shared experiences and enduring love.

Traditional Flower

The Peony Rose is the 70th anniversary traditional flower

The Peony Rose, chosen as the flower for the 70th platinum anniversary, embodies the timeless beauty and enduring elegance that characterize a love that has flourished for seven decades. With its lush, full blooms and delicate fragrance, the Peony Rose symbolizes grace, romance, and prosperity.

Modern Gift

The modern 70th anniversary gift of afternoon tea in style offers a sophisticated and delightful experience to celebrate seven decades of love and commitment. Embracing elegance and refinement, this gift allows the celebrating couple to indulge in a leisurely afternoon of delectable treats, fine teas, and intimate conversation. Set amidst charming surroundings, they can savor an array of finger sandwiches, freshly baked scones with clotted cream and jam, delicate pastries, and a selection of teas served in elegant teapots and cups.

How Long You´ve Been Married

70 years / 840 months / 3,652 weeks / 25,568 days / 25,568 hours / 36,817,920 minutes (more or less)

Fun Fact

If you lived on Neptune, you would have been married for 0.39 years and if you lived on Mercury 269.92 years…get your head around those figures!

Gift Ideas for the Couple

When considering what gift to buy a partner or other couple celebrating their 70th wedding anniversary – whether it is your parents, grandparents or even great-grandparents by now – traditionally most people will initially think about platinum rings and other items of jewellery.

However, it is perfectly appropriate – and indeed quite desirable – to opt for an ornamental gift which, for example, incorporates a 70th anniversary gem of smoky crystal.

  • Bouquet of peony rose´s – they will love these full pink blooms
  • 70th anniversary family tree picture frame – highlight their growing legacy
  • Deluxe food hamper – a delicious treat for the couple
  • Hand painted platter with their wedding date – a reminder of their special day
  • Afternoon tea at their favorite restaurant – guarantee them a day filled with flavor and memories
  • Champagne and chocolate gift box – set the scene for celebratory toasts

Fun Fact

Famous couples who made the 70th wedding anniversary.
Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh.
President George H. W. Bush and his wife, Barbara. 

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Fun ways to Celebrate

Arguably the most popular option, for all tastes and ages, is a lavish lunch or dinner for the whole extended family (and intimate friends) at a favourite local restaurant.

Or, if the couple still maintain a sense of adventure, you could choose a highly recommended new eatery they haven’t had the chance to check out yet – or an old stamping ground they haven’t been able to visit for a while.

Alternatively, you could arrange a grand afternoon tea party at home, either theirs or your own, always an excellent opportunity to bring family and friends together for this ultra-special celebration.

One beautifully poignant touch to accompany the celebrations would be playing music from the same era as their wedding, while another would be to dust-off old photos from their early years together. Often, grandchildren and great-grandchildren will not have seen these photos before, so having the chance to be transported back in time and generations will be a wonderful treat for them – and you!

As time goes by, we don’t all manage to see our family as much as we would like to, especially if separated by the tyranny of distance. Perhaps there is someone in the family the couple have missed seeing for a particularly extended period? If so, you could take them for a visit, and rent a limousine to make the eagerly awaited reunion even more memorable. If the distance involved is too complicated or inconvenient, arrange a surprise party at home, with their long-lost family member the special guest.

Fun family party with close friends

The chances are that a first free-fall sky drive, bungee jump or white rafting excursion are no longer viable or all that appealing for the couple. Choose a boutique-style establishment where, in addition, they can savour a morning of pampering in the spa and wellness treatment rooms, and an overnight stay in a cosy deluxe suite. 

Make sure the staff know the couple are celebrating their 70th wedding anniversary so they receive the full platinum treatment.

Fun Fact

Since your marriage, the two of you have:

Taken a combined 1,030,901,760 breaths (approximately)
Had about 5,301,780,480 heartbeats

Common Questions about the 70th Wedding Anniversary

Q: What is the 70th wedding anniversary called?

A: The 70th wedding anniversary is called the platinum anniversary.

Q: What is the 70th wedding anniversary gemstone called?

A: The 70th wedding anniversary gemstone is called the platinum.

Q: What is the 70th wedding anniversary symbol?

A: The symbol for a 70th wedding anniversary is platinum.

Q: What is the 70th wedding anniversary color?

A: The 70th wedding anniversary color is platinum.

Q: What are the traditional and modern gifts for a 70th wedding anniversary?

A: The traditional gift for a 70th wedding anniversary is platinum, and the modern gift is afternoon tea.

Q: What is the 70th year anniversary flower?

A: The 70th wedding anniversary flower is peony rose.

Did You Know?

Smoky quartz is actually the national gem in Scotland. It was originally found in the Cairngorm mountains which earned it the Scottish name of “cairngorm”.

Smoky quartz was favored not only in Scottish jewelry but also globally; for instance, in China, it was preferred for crafting snuff boxes, while ancient Rome utilized it for creating special intaglio seals.

The largest known cairngorm crystal is a 23.6 kg (52 lb) specimen kept at Braemar Castle.

Traditional and Modern Gifts Around The World

Traditional Gift – UKPlatinum
Traditional Gift – USPlatinum
Traditional Gift – AustraliaPlatinum
Traditional Gift – CanadaPlatinum
Traditional Gift – SpainTitanium
Traditional Gift – GermanyGrace Theme
Traditional Gift – FrancePlatinum
Traditional Gift – ItalyTitanium
Flower GiftPeony Roses
Gemstone GiftSmoky Crystal
Modern GiftAfternoon Tea

Lighthearted Wishes

Commemorating seventy years filled with love, laughter, and steadfast dedication is an extraordinary achievement that warrants sincere acknowledgment. As we come together to celebrate the remarkable milestone of this exceptional couple’s 70th anniversary, let us convey our deepest well-wishes and treasure the deep connection they have cultivated over the years.

May your love continue to shine as brightly as it did on your wedding day, illuminating the path ahead with warmth and joy.

Wishing you countless more sunrises filled with joy and sunsets painted with the vibrant hues of your enduring affection.

Happy 70th anniversary to the couple who knows the secret to a lasting marriage: a good sense of humor and plenty of chocolate.

May your laughter never cease, and may the twinkle in your eyes remind you of the boundless joy you bring to one another.

Congratulations on seventy years of love, laughter, and putting up with each other’s quirks! Here’s to many more years of blissful chaos.

Cheers to a duo who proves that “happily ever after” is not just a fairy tale but a beautiful reality. Happy 70th anniversary!

As you celebrate this incredible milestone, may your hearts be filled with joy, your laughter be contagious, and your love continue to grow stronger with each passing day. Here’s to many more years of happiness, adventures, and cherished memories together. Cheers to seventy years of love!

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About The Author

Justin is passionate about helping couples to make their anniversary as special as possible. Justin enjoys being creative and coming up with different and inspiring ideas for couples to celebrate their anniversary in style each year.