50th year Wedding Anniversary

Golden wedding 50 year wedding anniversaryCongratulations on knowing someone or actually for reaching the 50th year wedding anniversary, it’s really something to celebrate. Spending half a century married is very, very special and you should both make the most of this momentous day and buy each other some wonderful wedding anniversary gifts to commemorate the event. As with most of the wedding anniversary celebrations there are certain symbols, items, flowers and themes that are connected to the celebration and as the 50th wedding anniversary is so important, the theme of Gold is certainly fitting.

Your Golden Wedding, to give it the traditional name used, is gold both for the traditional and the modern gift theme lists and as gold has such a stunning look and can be used in many ways you shouldn’t have difficulty finding the perfect 50th wedding anniversary gift for your spouse. Although the traditional theme for your 50th year as a married couple is gold the modern day equivalent has a slight variation and suggests gold jewellery and what better way to impress your loved one with some stunning earrings, a ring, or even matching watches for each other.

It’s obvious that the precious material that is associated with the 50th year wedding anniversary is gold but it also replaces the gemstones that are normally connected to the dates. This means that you can have a gold themed day and spend time together with gold being used throughout. As you can eat gold leaf, you could have a nice meal with gold leaf making an appearance or you could simply be content with some beautiful gold jewellery.

50th year wedding anniversary gift ideasWhatever you buy that is gold as a 50th wedding anniversary gift you can be assured that your spouse will adore it and as we have a great range of wedding ideas and gifts to buy through our website you won’t have to spend too much time thinking about it. You might not opt for jewellery, as your spouse might collect coins and a gold coin for your 50th year together as a married couple would be perfect. There are literally thousands of ideas for wedding anniversary gifts that you could choose from.

As with other wedding anniversaries, there are flowers connected to the 50th year wedding anniversary and that means you can buy flowers online and have them delivered to your door. The flowers for the 50th wedding anniversary gift are usually violets, which are actually given as plants, but with their stunning colours and unique look, you can really impress your partner with a lovely array of violets.

As this date is so important to you both as it marks such a special occasion in your life and also celebrates so many years together you should really push the boat out and splash out on some fantastic golden gifts. Choose from our wonderful selection of products on our website and make the most of your special date together.

The 50th Year Wedding Anniversary Facts and Figures

  • Traditional Gift Theme: Gold
  • Modern Gift Theme: Gold
  • Gemstone Gift Theme: Gold
  • Appropriate Flower Theme: Violets

50th year wedding anniversary under the spotlight

On the 50th anniversary of your marriage you would have been

  • Married for 18,250 days or
  • 438,000 hours or
  • 26,280,000 minutes
  • which is over 1,576 million seconds!

During this time you would have

  • shared, on average, over 136,800 hours of snuggle time (sleeping!) or about 15 years, 8 months;

assuming you don’t work together

  • you’ve been apart for over 105,720 hours which is about 12 years, 1 month.

You would have by now

  • shared about 39,800 meals together which
  • equates to approximately 2 years, 8 months of continuous eating!

Research by a Think-Tank that promotes Marriages in the UK, the Marriage Foundation, has produced research that shows that couples who reach their Golden Wedding are 150 times less likely to get divorced than a newly married couple, which if you are celebrating your 50th Anniversary is great news [Ed. or is it pretty obvious!]

50th Year Wedding Anniversary Gift Ideas

Please see out 50th Anniversary Gifts page for our full range of gift ideas some are below;

Wedding Anniversary Party Planning

We get a lot of questions regarding anniversary parties and celebrations from visitors to our site so we have developed these pages to address the specific area of wedding anniversary parties and the etiquette that applies.

The first thing we always say is how you celebrate an anniversary is very dependant upon the couple and the family circle they belong to e.g. if the couple usually have informal celebrations then don’t plan a celebration that is full of pomp and circumstance, they are very likely to feel uncomfortable and not enjoy it as they should. This of course applies the opposite way as well if they generally have formal parties then do not plan a pizza delivery or pitch in celebration!

Anniversary parties are special events, not only do they bring back all the memories of the couple’s special day, but they are also a celebration of the continuing commitment to each other with the chance for friends and relations to join in and show their love and support.

Most people tend to keep the earlier anniversaries on an intimate level although if you both love parties then there are no etiquette rules that say this must be respected. The larger anniversary celebrations tend to be for the major anniversaries such as the Silver, Ruby and Golden weddings.

Planning an Anniversary party containing;

Who to invite and how many people?
Bookings resources (caterers, restaurants, MCs, bands etc.)
Resources for those unable to attend the event.
What to call an Anniversary Party.
Venues for an Anniversary party

Invitations to an Anniversary Party containing;

The formal rules of Invitation etiquette
Traditional formal anniversary invitation line by line wording
Informal Invitations
Responding to an invitation to an anniversary party

Attending an Anniversary Party.

Formal Anniversary Parties

  • Publicity
  • Programs


Food and Drink

Giving Gifts

Wedding Anniversary Speeches and toasts

Themes and Colours for Anniversary Parties

Wedding Anniversary Folklore and traditions

We’ve got lots of information on wedding anniversaries and their etiquette, through our continuing research we pick up the occasional snippet which we just love; the Victorian marriage rhymes below refer to the best ways to marry, did you chose right?

Wedding Rhyme

Monday for wealth
Tuesday for health
Wednesday the best day of all
Thursday for losses
Friday for crosses
Saturday for no day at all

Marry in Lent, live to repent
(ed note.) Lent was thought an inappropriate time for a wedding, being a time of abstinence.

Married in White, you have chosen right,
Married in Grey, you will go far away,
Married in Black, you will wish yourself back,
Married in Red, you will wish yourself dead,
Married in Green, ashamed to be seen,
Married in Blue, your love will be true,
Married in Pearl, you will live in a whirl,
Married in Yellow, ashamed of your fellow,
Married in Brown, you will live in the town,
Married in Pink, your spirit will sink.

If you’ve got any wedding or marriage related gems like these we would love to hear from you.