The historic origins of wedding anniversaries date back to the Holy Roman Empire, when husbands crowned their wives with a silver wreath on their twenty-fifth anniversary, and a gold wreath on the fiftieth.
Later, principally in the twentieth century, commercialism led to the addition of more anniversaries being represented by a named gift.
Modern lovers are now trending towards half year celebrations as well.
In Denmark and the Netherlands, a couple's copper anniversary is 12.5 years (half of 25).
The names of some anniversaries provide guidance for appropriate or traditional gifts for the spouses to give each other; if there is a party these can be brought by the guests or influence the theme or decoration.
In Australia, where one can receive a letter of congratulations from the Governor-General on the 50th and all subsequent wedding anniversaries; the Prime Minister, the federal Opposition leader, local members of both state and federal parliaments, and state Governors may also send salutations for the same anniversaries.
Roman Catholics may apply to the Office of Papal Charities for a papal blessing for wedding anniversaries of a special nature (25th, 50th, 60th, etc.); however, Archbishop Konrad Krajewski stated that after 1 January 2015 blessings will not be available to stores or businesses outside the Vatican, but by applying, scrolls can be shipped anywhere.
Surprise your love with a personalised gift basket containing some of his favourite items.
Stock the basket with specially scented soaps, a DVD he's been hoping to see, his unique brand of cigars and favourite wine vintage.
Sixty years is a "diamond wedding anniversary" or "diamond anniversary".
Traditionally in the United States, the first year anniversary is called a "Paper Anniversary".
Check out our comprehensive list of wedding anniversaries and anniversary names from the 1st to the 90th.
Select the one that’s next for you and get some inspiration as to how best to celebrate it and what traditional, modern and quirky gifts to buy for your partner.
The current monarch Queen Elizabeth II's 60th year on the throne was widely marked as her Diamond Jubilee and commemorated in 2012. versions were compiled by librarians at the Chicago Public Library.