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What’s the fuss over wedding anniversaries?
The rose-colored glasses start to fade a few years into your married life. The cute quirks suddenly become painfully annoying habits. At times, you find yourself questioning if marriage to your other half was a wise choice.
Every wedding anniversary is an opportunity to relive your vows and renew your commitment to each other. Weddings are fun to plan, but if you can look forward to anniversaries with the same energy, that means your marriage is in a good place.
There’s no need to throw a lavish party for every anniversary. A simple but meaningful gift for your partner to show that he or she is special to you will do. You can reference with traditional anniversary symbols to take out the guesswork in buying gifts for your partner.
Paper is the traditional symbol for first anniversaries. Although there’s no clear explanation behind the symbol’s meaning, it is commonly associated with strength. The first year is an adjustment period from single life to marriage, and getting past the first year together without wanting to strangle one other is already a massive milestone. Celebrate it!
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Cotton is a pliable but strong material. As you enter your second year of marriage, you need to remind each other to remain strong and flexible in times of adversity. The best way to grow as a couple and keep your marriage intact is to embrace unforeseeable changes with open minds and hearts.
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By now, you and your partner may have fully adjusted to one another. Many couples at this stage in their marriage already have kids or have built their own home - and not just a physical home, but the routine of coming home to each other’s arms at the end of the day. Leather signifies the protection and security a strong, stable marriage provides.
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Fruits and flowers take center stage on the 4th anniversary. At this stage in the marriage, every couple hopes for a blossoming or ripening in their union. It doesn’t have to be a child. It could be any milestone as a couple – a new house, a promotion for either partner (or both!), a discovery of a new hobby that both partners enjoy together, etc.
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Wood is the strongest material among all the symbols mentioned here. If you’re still standing strong at five years, it means you’ve weathered a lot of trials. Naturally, hardships may have made you wish that you never spent your life together, but you chose to be bigger than your problems. The roots of your marriage are well-anchored to the ground.
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Wedding anniversaries need not be celebrated on a grand scale. It is simply a commemoration of the promises you made on your big day. Take each wedding anniversary as an opportunity to assure your spouse that there will be many more years to come.