Your anniversary is a time to reaffirm your love for each other and to show appreciation for how much you have learned about one another, about love and about marriage.
Your marriage is probably still springing surprises on you both. You’ve got used to the odd little things you each do, whether that’s picking at your nails with your teeth or needing to moisturise your feet before getting into bed. These may once have caused your spouse to have a silent aneurysm! You can look past these annoying habits as you know you have your own that irritate just as much. By now you have a solid foundation on which your marriage is based and you care for and cherish each other.
How to celebrate your 5th wedding anniversary
The traditional gift to symbolise a 5th wedding anniversary is wood (if you don’t know the themes associated with each anniversary year check this wedding anniversary list by year). Wood is a symbol of the solidity and sturdiness gained in your five years of married life. Like wood, if you take care of it well, it will age beautifully.
A long lasting and meaningful way to mark your five years together is to plant a tree together. One day, it’s just a small tree in your yard, and as time passes it’ll ripen to give you fruit and shade and protection from the elements.
There are many gifts that you can give to your spouse made of wood that you can buy or make yourself. Your favourite photograph from the past year in a wooden frame, a trinket box, or a wine bottle holder are some other ideas. If you want a more practical idea, buy a piece of furniture for your house that will last you a lifetime, as a combined present to each other. This can be another family heirloom to pass down to your children and grandchildren.
You might like to take a mini vacation to mark your special day. Camping in the woods, staying in a log cabin in the mountains or even a day trip walking in nature and having a picnic are all romantic ideas for you to spend the time together.
The modern 5th wedding anniversary gift is silver. Silver represents the connectedness you have in your marriage. You’re not the same people you were when you married, you’ve evolved and grown together. You’ve had your struggles along the way, yet helped each other to get through. You really are well connected at this point in time.
Invest in silver jewellery or personalise a gift you know your spouse wants with silver lettering. A silver-plated digital photo frame in which to display some of the great moments you have spent together is a lovely gift and shows that some thought and effort has been put into the gift.