My sister's wedding anniversary is May 25th, and my parent's is May 26th. So it's cool that their anniversaries are around the same time, and I kind of wish we were around the same time, but that would have been a disaster, or meant we we were getting married this weekend.
Anyway, the thirty-sixth anniversary is apparently the Bone China Anniversary, although that is listed as the "modern" gift, so I think my Dad made it up because he has a thing for Bone China coffee cups. Although I'm pretty sure that my parents have decided that every year is the "travel" anniversary. They're in London right now.
For my sister, this is the third anniversary. The third anniversary is....wait for it....leather.
Cue inappropriate jokes. We've certainly made enough of them.
My sister and her husband have decided to get some kind of album to commemorate their 11 years together. (Yeah, 11 - high school sweethearts!) I think this is a really cute idea, and a creative twist on the leather anniversary. As we are going into our album design ourselves (more on this in the coming weeks), I suspect our album will be our first anniversary gift to ourselves, which is, I think, becoming a pretty traditional first anniversary gift.
Can I just say that the 4th anniversary gift is either "fruit or flowers"? The 6th is "candy or iron". I mean, I'm pretty sure by those anniversaries, we will get each other what we usually get for our anniversaries, which is...nothing. Usually we forget our anniversary until two weeks later. Sometimes we use it as an excuse to buy something fun (like our Wii). Sometimes we use it as an excuse to buy something sensible (like the rack for the back of the bike so I can haul stuff from the farmer's market.) Once, Mark bought me these fantastic earrings for our anniversary and we went to the movies and had a nice dinner (by which I mean Chinese takeout...we don't get out much.)
I would love to celebrate our first anniversary by eating the top tier of our wedding cake, but due to a mix-up the morning after the wedding, we brought the top tier to the brunch for people to eat some of (since it was a huge top tier), and my Dad gave away the leftover pieces and didn't save us any (it was always the plan to give a bunch away, and it was never actually the plan to save it for a year - but it was the plan to have some to come home to after the honeymoon!). So I think we'll be buying or making an anniversary cake. Which sounds like a pretty good tradition to start.
How are you celebrating your anniversaries? Are you following the traditional guidelines or scrapping them? And most importantly, did your dad give away your cake as if was leftover turkey on Thanksgiving? (Love you Daddy.)