Flowers are the obvious choice when you need an anniversary gift. That is not to say that you shouldn’t give flowers to your loved one, but there is a fun way to spruce up an anniversary bouquet.
Each anniversary (with a few exceptions) has a special traditional symbol.
The internet is chock full of tutorials on how to make paper flowers. If you aren’t crafty, then ask your florist to make a paper funnel for you to put a loose bunch in.
A few months ago, we had a gentleman order flowers for his second anniversary. Denise affixed a few cotton balls onto the branches in his arrangement.
A strip of leather can be tied around an arrangement for the third anniversary.
The book anniversary can take a cue from the first anniversary and include paper flowers. You can find cheap books at a flea market or Good Will which you can used to make flowers out of. Or buy a copy of her favorite book or a book that is meaningful to both of you and use those pages.
All you need to do for the wood anniversary is incorporate branches into your arrangement. Or if you’re a handyman, you can create a wooden window box for her to put flowers in.
Chocolate roses are a perfect gift. You can buy them or find a recipe to make them at home.
We can make cool shapes out of copper wire to decorate a bouquet or you can use a strip of wool to tie up a loose bunch.
Go to Pottery Barn or a similar place and pick out a vase to hold your arrangement.
This anniversary is perfect for an arrangement with curly willow or pussy willow.
10th Tin/ Aluminum
You can make flowers out of aluminum foil, you can wrap the stems of flowers with aluminum foil, or you can turn a tin can into a vase for a small arrangement.
The steel anniversary can be represented by taking a clear vase and lining the bottom with steel wool.
12th and 13th Silk and Lace (respectfully)
Silk and Lace ribbons are perfect for tying around a loose bunch or vase .
Roses, the most popular romance flower, come in a beautiful ivory shade. Many other flowers also come in ivory if you want to mix it up. Then tie off the arrangement with an ivory ribbon.
We have little wires with crystals on the end that can be bent into all kinds of fun shapes and added to arrangements for a little flair. The crystals come in all different colors so you can mix and match them to meet your needs for your 15th anniversary.
This symbol can be incorporated simply by placing your bouquet in a china vase.
Silver wires can be used to add texture and detail to arrangements while silver ribbon can be used to tie off loose bunches. Also, silver containers can be used as vases and silver brooches make interesting accents.
You can wrap a string of pearls around the stems of a bouquet or use pearl accents within an arrangement.
You can use all of the beautiful flowers that come in shades of coral. It will look much better than an arrangement with pieces of coral sticking out of it (most likely.)
If you can’t afford rubies for the 40th anniversary, A bouquet of ruby red roses or other lovely red flowers make a fine alternative.
Making a bouquet out of sapphire colored flowers won’t be as easy since there isn’t a wide selection of blue flowers, especially not in shades of sapphire. However, sapphire blue ribbons, sapphire colored vases, and sapphire colored crystals can all be used to satisfy this requirement.
Gold vases, gold ribbon, gold wire, marigolds, sunflowers, irises, callas, gerberas, and roses (along with many other golden yellow flowers) can all be incorporated into a 50th anniversary arrangement.
60th and 75th Diamond
While I understand many people can’t afford to do this, you can get a vase arrangement and place a diamond necklace around it. If that’s a little too pricey, sprinkling diamond dust over the flowers to give them a diamond sparkle is a nice touch.