Anniversary Celebration Newspaper Book

An authentic reproduction of the Daily Mirror newspapers that were published on the three days you request, delivered in a beautiful hand made leatherette binder with the option to upgrade to a leather bound version should you wish.

This full size book holds the authentic newspaper style paper unfolded allowing easy reading while keeping your archive protected.

The cover is personalised with name of the recipients and date of the Wedding in gold embossed lettering at the bottom.

A gift newspaper from the wedding day and the couples birth dates is unique and highly personal and therefore an ideal present to commemorate wedding anniversaries.

Book Details:
An Impressively large book, This edition is British Racing Green in colour and 38 x 30cm, approximately Tabloid newspaper size. The Content is from the Daily Mirror as it provides the best insight into periods past, though broad journalistic content, photographs (which many other titles 40, 50 years ago lacked), advertisements etc. Established in 1903 and is Britain?s best selling post war paper up to the 1970s.


Personalisation Details:

  • Three reproduction copies of original newspapers from dates provided.
  • Personalised Embossing on Front Cover consists of Date of Wedding and Couple’s Names (as supplied.)
  • Message on First Page (optional); Up to 5 lines of text can be accomodated each with a maximum of 30 characters per line, making a total of 150 characters available.?Please note: if no message is supplied the ‘presented to’ couple’s names on the first page will still be filled in as per front cover embossing.
  • Leather-bound upgrade option

Leather-Bound Upgrade Option

The book can be bound in a Black Leather binding as shown for an additional fee to give the added luxury of real leather which will also add to it’s durability. Delivery times remain the same as quoted.


Formal Anniversary Party Planning

If you want to hold a formal anniversary party there are plenty of resources available to help you plan and execute a successful party.

An Anniversary Party in a formal setting follows very similar lines to an actual Wedding Reception.

A formal reception starts with the receiving line where the Hosts and Guests of Honour would greet the guests as they enter the reception. If the guests of honour are elderly or cannot stand for long periods then you could arrange a place of honour where they can be seated to greet the guests.

The reception would then proceed with other events depending upon your chosen program such as formal sit down meal or hors d’uvre etc.

Speeches and toasts would be expected at a formal event. They would be given by the couple’s children (or friend), Host and a response from the Couple, generally given by the man.


A program is a printed list of the events and prominent players in the celebration activities.

For a formal party it is not necessary to have a program printed however if you have a number of events within the celebration it can help the flow of the party.

The program could have a photo of the couple on their original wedding day printed upon it.

In addition to the listing of the events the program can also contain the history of the couple’s marriage (which makes for a unique present) You could also include the couple’s children (and grandchildren) and their birth dates as a useful keepsake.

As an alternative and if available you could include a list of the original attendees at the wedding.


Only the major anniversaries normal attract any publicity unless they are particularly long standing marriages, the longest marriage celebrated by a living couple I am aware of is 82 years celebrated by a couple in central England in 2002. This attracted national newspaper interest as it makes a great human interest story.

Invitations are the most common way of publicising an anniversary party, if you are having an intimate family celebration e.g. going to a restaurant with you close family, and you would like to let your friends know it is your anniversary then you could put a notice in you local press.

The following is provided as a suggestion on wording if the celebration is being organized by the children of the couple;

‘To celebrate the forty-fifth Wedding Anniversary
the children of
Mr and Mrs William Smith
Accompanied by the immediate family will
Entertain them at the Anniversary Inn
Thank you.
Friends and neighbours
For making their lives together
A pleasant and fruitful union’

If you would just like to publicise the event then most local papers still carry an announcements section as do their on-line entities to allow such an advertisement to be displayed. If the event is major some local newspapers may cover it more in-depth with the publication of a photo and couple of paragraphs of details and thus it may be worth giving some thought as to the content that would be appropriate. If this does occur it is worth keeping the clippings of these and adding them to a scrapbook for the couple to keep.

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Original Newspapers

Original Newspapers

What are our Original Newspapers?

The Original Newspapers we provide are the real McCoy in that they were printed on the day they were originally published thus they not only cover the actual news of the day they are also a genuine original of the paper from the published date.

We are teamed up with Historic Newspapers who hold the world’s largest private Newspaper Archive, they take great care with the original newspapers that are sourced from a number of sources, direct from the newspaper company at the original print time, from Library archives or other specialists.

Why do you supply original newspapers?

Simple because they are a great gift idea, for Birthdays and especially for Wedding Anniversaries, I remember my Wedding day and I didn’t have time to sit and read the paper that day, even if you did would you take in any of the print as you mind wandered around you upcoming nuptials.

When Can I get My Newspaper?

We offer a number of Gift options to enable you to get the paper of your choice in a format you would prefer so there will be some slight variations on timescales however we endeavour to get you your copy within 3 business days from the time you provide us with the order details and clear payment has been received.If it is only the newspaper we’ll often achieve a 1-2 day turnaround.

Can you supply any Date?

No we can’t. As we said these are original newspapers and as such there is a limited amount dependant upon the print run for the specific date in question. Typically special event dates are non existent through us, by these we mean dates such as The Queen’s Coronation, Royal Weddings, End or starting of Wars, Moon Landings etc. You may be able to get a copy of these days from specialist web sites or even auction web sites sometimes have them however sadly the latter suffers from a lack of provenance to confirm the paper is original.

Sundays are Special

We also have to charge a surcharge for Sunday Newspapers due to their size and scarcity, typically this is £20 however may vary again depending upon the date being near a major event. Their size increases their storage and transport costs and their scarcity stems from lower volume print runs as less papers were purchased at the weekends in general.

My Date is not available what can I do?

Newspaper Book - faithful reproduction of original publicationWe have had occasions when customer’s either have none or a very poor selection of tomes available. what we suggest is to get a Newspaper book  which is a reproduction of the date you require along with two other dates typically both partners birth dates. If you would like just a single day in a book please contact us and we can discuss your requirements.





Wedding Anniversary History

There are plenty of resources that quote what material or name that is associated with a specific wedding anniversary. Have you ever asked why this material or symbol is chosen?

Excerpt from Trewman's Exeter Flying Post 26th January 26 1895 Issue 8604 quoting Wedding Anniversary SymbolsWe did and effectively this web site is the result! We continue to research the reasons why a material is associated with any Wedding Anniversary and have published what we have found out to date on the pages below;

When we started this web site way back in 1998 we always worked with the various Wedding Anniversary lists and accepted that the symbols or materials that are associated with the relevant wedding anniversary were universal.Research we have carried out shows that originally the Wedding Anniversary List used in Britain and Europe was different to the symbols used in America; nowadays however there appears to be a convergence of the Traditional Wedding Anniversary list to a uniform list on a global basis (certainly in the English speaking world).Thus if you wanted you could use Cotton as the traditional 1st Wedding Anniversary theme rather than the commonly accepted theme of paper, which in the original European list had the paper anniversary as the second year.

Anniversaries have been celebrated effectively since the year after the wedding ceremony was invented; references can be found in records stretching back centuries.Nicholas Nickleby by Charles Dickens cites a celebration for an 8th wedding Anniversary in Chapter 14 (1st published in June 1838) This highlights the fact that not only were the major jubilees celebrated but also the other years. He did not however give the anniversary a name nor symbol.

Extract from The Belfast Newsletters 27th October 1852; Issue No.11797 detailing a golden wedding celebration
The Belfast Newsletters 27th October 1852; Issue No.11797


The earliest reference in printed form we have found to a Wedding Anniversary having a symbol associated with it is from The Morning Chronicle Issue No 17572 published in 1825. Our favourite reference is from The Belfast Newsletters Issue No.11797 originally printed 27th October 1852; and recounts the writer finding a Golden Wedding celebration ongoing whilst he walked the streets of a German town. (reproduced on this page)

The majority of the anniversary lists converge on the major anniversaries i.e. 25th is Silver and 50th is the Golden anniversary on the majority. We suspect the reason for this is that these wedding anniversaries are the ones that have created the tradition (as our research has born out) and thus an alternative material would not have be accepted and thus not be used. Indeed it is the anniversaries between the major ones where the variations happen and also on the later years where, previously, couples did not reach that there is debate over the correct material or symbol.

We’ve been asked why our anniversary lists are different from some other sites on the web?  Well there are numerous reasons; some are just plain wrong maybe by mistakes or because they are trying to promote a specific gift idea based on their industry. Our site uses an aggregate solution to offering gift ideas, where we’ve had more than one reliable source quoting a symbol for the specific year we include it in our listings showing the most popular first.

Having grown from a hobby site, we feel our intentions are to inform and educate first thus we have used what we believe to be the most frequently used symbols.

We continue to be frustrated in not being able to identify where it was decided to use Paper as the first anniversary symbol over the traditional theme of cotton,
we have a couple of theories, one being it was promoted by someone with a vested interest in paper based gifts and the other being it was modified during the
great war (first world war) as cotton was considered a more scarce resource than paper.

Back in 1998 we cross referenced a number of sources and have to agree there is no definitive list for wedding anniversaries although they do all seem to agree on the major anniversaries. Some of our sources are listed below:

Traditional Wedding Anniversary Gift list

The earliest know references are to Silver (25th Wedding Anniversary) and Gold (50th Wedding Anniversary). These appear to originate in Middle Europe (Germanic Region) and involved the spouse giving his wife a silver garland when they had been married for 25 years. Some European countries also celebrate Twelve and a half years of marriage using Copper as the Anniversary Symbol.

We have found references to materials associated with specific years which follow the traditional anniversary lists for the first 5 years of marriage and then every 5th year up to 25th and then 50th and 75th.

The earliest reference we have found other than the Silver or gold is to the 5th anniversary (Wood) which implies this became the material for that anniversary around 1875.

There are currently 2 Diamond Anniversaries, one at 60 and one at 75 years. The 75th anniversary is the original traditional diamond anniversary with the 60th being added when Queen Victoria (English Empire Monarch) celebrated her Diamond Jubilee on her 60th anniversary of accession to the throne in 1897 and this has since been adopted as an appropriate Wedding Anniversary also, at first glance seems logical however Queen Victoria’s Husband died in 1861 21 years after they got married thus linking the 60th Wedding Anniversary to the Diamond Jubilee may have made one not amused!

In 1937 the American National Retail Jeweler Association issued a more comprehensive list which associated a material for each Anniversary year up to the 15th Anniversary and then each fifth year after that up to the 60th Anniversary.

Additional lists are issued from time to time however the one quoted above is more or less the defacto list for the Traditional names of Wedding Anniversaries.

Modern Wedding Anniversary Gifts and Symbols

An alternative list to the traditional anniversary list. This list is also in popular use and can also be known as the  Contemporary Wedding Anniversary list.

It has been around for a number of years now, which makes its title rather misleading as none of the items listed are particularly modern!

This list provides alternative material suggestions for the years and include “modern” items such as electrical appliances and Fashion Jewellery.

This is a more comprehensive list than the traditional list and associates a material for ever year up until the 50th Wedding Anniversary. It also goes on in steps
of every 5th year up until the 100th Wedding Anniversary.

It is hard to quote the originator of the modern anniversary list as a number of lists appear to have been issued and they slowly converged to give the Modern list that is in general use today.

Given the age of the modern list I think it is time to issue a new list which should better reflect the global village that the internet has delivered. Perhaps we should call it the “Internet Wedding Anniversary List”

We are giving this some serious thought and will issue it on our site soon, as an example we thought the 1st year should be a gift from the ends of the earth, to reflect the capability of the internet to connect to everybody on a global basis and that you would go to the ends of the world to make your partner happy.

If you have a suggestion for an Internet age gift then please email us and we may include the best suggestions in the list. Please qualify you list suggestions as to why they should be included. e.g. what relevance they have in the internet age and how they show your love for each other.

Gemstone Wedding Anniversary Gift list and Symbols

This anniversary list was issued by a Gemstone association, we have yet to confirm when, and complements the Birthstone list which associates a precious stone against the month when you were born.

This list associates a precious metal or gemstone with wedding anniversaries up to the 25th and then every 5th year up to the 75th. The list converges with
the traditional and modern lists on major anniversaries such as 25th (Silver) and 50th (Gold)

Flower Anniversary Gifts list and Symbols

We’re not sure who issued this list, the references we have to it do not have a source quoted thus we assume it was issued by a Florist guild or similar.

The earliest reference to this list we have found is in the early 1960’s This list associates flowers with each anniversary year up to the 15th and
then ever 5th year up to the 50th.

Its a hard list to follow as some of the flowers listed are seasonal and as your anniversary falls in a specific season every year then some of the flowers
would not be available for some of the years.

Above 75th Wedding Anniversary History

A few wedding anniversary lists have included details above the 75th anniversary both on the modern and traditional side.  I suspect
these Anniversaries are extremely rare. However given an increase in life spans these may start to be used more.

If you know of anyone celebrating an anniversary above the 75th Anniversary we would love to know. Please mail us at Anniversary
Ideas Team.

If you want details of Wedding Anniversaries above the 75th Wedding Anniversary then go to our wedding anniversary selector page and enter the year you require details on.

Longest Married Couples

Few couples celebrate more than the 80th anniversary and only 1 couple have achieved a 90 year marriage!

Wikipedia have started a page on long marriage here: Longest Marriages

In Australia the longest marriage on record is that of Wesley Arney (Wes) and his wife Vanetta who in 2003 celebrated their 79th anniversary
unfortunately Wes passed away the same year. A brief news story on their marriage is available here.

In Britain the longest marriage on record was a couple from Bradford who celebrated their 87th Wedding Anniversary together in
January 2012 (News story here).

If you know a UK couple celebrating their 80th or greater wedding Anniversary we would love to hear from you.

Online References Used
Offline Resources used
  • Various Almanacs
  • Various Etiquette Books
  • Britannia Encyclopedia
  • The Continuum Encyclopedia of Symbols
  • An Anniversary to Remember
  • On this Day
  • The art of Marriage
  • Chambers Book of Days