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Origin of Silver Wedding Gifts

Although there are traditional and modern lists of gifts to give on a wedding anniversary, one of the anniversaries these lists have in common is the 25th wedding anniversary, known throughout the western world as the Silver Wedding Anniversary. But how did the custom of giving a silver gift as a commemoration of 25-years of marriage begin and where did it start? Most researchers say that the custom started at some unknown time in Middle Europe. In the Germanic region it was the custom for the husband to give his wife a wreath of silver too celebrate the anniversary. It’s unlikely that it would have been real silver, so perhaps it gained the name from white flowers in the wreath or even ribbons adorning it….

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