You have probably heard about Silver, Gold or even Diamond Weddings. It is common, for married couples, to celebrate the anniversary date of their wedding day and associate it with a material. But did you know that there are other materials that commemorate each anniversary year?
Have you ever heard of Paper Weddings?
Well yes, amiga, paper is part of that very special list of materials and it is celebrated, no more and no less, in the first year of marriage (How exciting! Because, as you may know, Paper is the main material of Papiro Gems).
The first celebration of a wedding date has a lot of meaning and you can imagine how special it is for whoever is celebrating it. The paper symbolizes both a blank canvas, on which there is a whole story to write, and the fragility of the first years of a relationship, which must be cared for to become strong.
Wedding Anniversary Gift Ideas
On this day, something made of paper is usually given as a gift and (about paper I know quite a bit) I wanted to give you some ideas for the first anniversary gifts:
+ DIY Gifts made of paper: Fold with your own hands an origami with a written message inside of it (thanking that person for what you have lived this year together, wishes for the years that you will live together, memories of something you have lived, ...). If you want to find easy origami tutorials, I recommend you visiting this post that has some easy origami tutorials or through our Instagram TV. This is the link to the Rose Tutorial that you see below.
+ Personalized paper jewel: Do you want to give that person something special that says something about your story? As I mentioned before, at Papiro Gems I have spent years creating personalized paper jewelry that tell a story, both for him (paper cufflinks) and for her (necklaces and earrings). You can also check here our Limited Edition Necklaces that will be an even more unique gift. If you have any questions contact me (Inés) at firstname.lastname@example.org or through the contact page.
+ Personalized paper portrait: A totally personalized portrait can be the "paper" pin of this special day. In addition to being original, it will be a reflection of who that important person is. It will be an unforgettable memory. Ah! And it does not have to be a portrait, it can also be your initials or a number 1 to celebrate that first anniversary. Again, if you have any questions contact me (Inés) at email@example.com or through the contact page.
+ Other paper gifts: Other gifts that can work perfectly on this day are, for example: a book that you may like a lot and that person is having trouble finding; a photograph of the you two with a message behind; if you are good at drawing, a drawing from somewhere that brings you good memories, a letter where you thank that person all this time together and remind that person of what you lived a year ago, ...
Origin of this tradition
Some say that this tradition comes from medieval Germany, in which family and friends had the habit of giving the wife a silver crown when she reached the 25th wedding anniversary. It was a way of celebrating that the couple had, for so long, a harmonious relationship. If the 50th anniversary came, they gave the wife a gold crown. That is why these anniversaries are called the Silver or Gold Wedding.
Later, anniversaries were linked with more materials and the tradition spread throughout the world. With each passing year the material becomes denser and more solid, like the relationship. For each of the years there is a material, but the most recognized worldwide are the following:
1st Anniversary: Paper Weddings
5th Anniv .: Wooden Weddings
10th Anniv .: Aluminum Weddings
15th Anniversary: Crystal Weddings
20th Anniv .: Porcelain Weddings
25th Anniversary: Silver Wedding
30th Anniversary: Pearl Weddings
35th Anniversary: Coral Weddings
40th Anniversary: Sapphire Weddings
50th Anniversary: Golden Wedding
60th Anniversary: Diamond Weddings
65th Anniversary: Platinum Weddings
As you can see, whatever the year you are in, each year together is a cause for joy and celebration. Whether or not you celebrate your anniversary with a paper gift, enjoy this blank canvas that is life and celebrate with yours!