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Weddings mark the beginning of a beautiful journey, and as couples celebrate their first year of marital bliss, tradition dictates that the first wedding anniversary is symbolised by paper. While it may seem simple at first glance, the choice of paper as the traditional gift for the first anniversary carries deep symbolism and meaning.

The tradition of associating specific materials with each year of marriage can be traced back to medieval Germany, where it was customary to celebrate the 25th and 50th wedding anniversaries with silver and gold, respectively. Over time, a list of symbolic materials for each year evolved, with the first anniversary traditionally represented by paper. This tradition has since been embraced by cultures worldwide and has become an integral part of the fabric of wedding celebrations.


  1. Blank Page of a New Chapter: Paper symbolises the blank page of a new chapter in the couple's life. The first year of marriage is often a period of adjustment, learning, and growth. Like a blank sheet, it represents the unwritten story of the couple's life together, waiting to be filled with memories, experiences, and shared adventures.

  2. Fragility and Strength: Paper is delicate and can be easily torn, symbolising the vulnerability of a new marriage. However, it also exemplifies strength when multiple sheets come together, reflecting the resilience and unity needed to build a strong foundation for a lasting relationship.

  3. Versatility and Adaptability: Paper is a versatile material that can take many forms, from a delicate sheet to a sturdy card or even a piece of artwork. This versatility represents the couple's ability to adapt, compromise, and find creative solutions as they navigate the challenges and joys of married life.

My architectural art is the ideal first wedding anniversary gift. Whether through a print of one my existing pieces (including many popular wedding venues) in my portfolio or a bespoke commissioned piece, you can give your partner the perfect 1st wedding anniversary gift that truly means something.

The tradition of celebrating the first wedding anniversary with paper serves as a meaningful reminder of the delicate yet strong nature of the early stages of marriage. Embracing this tradition offers couples an opportunity to reflect on their journey, express their creativity, and strengthen the foundation of their relationship.

Why not have a browse through some of my existing wedding art portfolio or, if you would like to discuss a bespoke commission for your first anniversary gift, please contact me.

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