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AnniCeption: The New Wedding Trend You Need to Know

We’re all familiar with the major wedding anniversary traditions, but where did they come from? Our modern customs are often linked to ancient symbols and beliefs. 

In this blog, our East Yorkshire wedding venue uncovers the secrets behind our most-loved anniversary symbols.

First Wedding Anniversary: Paper

Paper is often misinterpreted, with many people believing it relates to money. In truth, paper fibres are firmly bonded together, symbolising the strong connection of marriage. Paper can also represent your new marriage as a blank sheet or a new start.

Fifth Wedding Anniversary: Wood

Building on from paper, wood represents an even stronger marriage with more wisdom. Your bond has become even more solid with deeper, entwined roots. In Wales, this date was traditionally accompanied by a gift of intricately carved wooden spoons.

Tenth Wedding Anniversary: Tin

Used to store things, tin preserves items and keeps them safe. It is also frequently used as plating, as it prevents other metals from corroding. This means that tin can prolong the life of what it holds, symbolising a long and happy marriage.

15th Wedding Anniversary: Crystal

Crystal was chosen for its clarity, luxuriousness and transparency. After 15 years of marriage, you and your beloved are sure to see each other clearly. Crystal also sparkles beautifully in the light, symbolising how your marriage will continue to gleam for years to come.

20th Wedding Anniversary: China

A centuries-old tradition, china has many associations. Its beauty represents the value of a happy, 20-year relationship. It is also delicate, demonstrating a bond that has been carefully looked after and treated with love and respect.

25th Wedding Anniversary: Silver

A precious metal that lasts forever when properly cared for, it’s no wonder that silver marks 25 years of marriage. This tradition began when the Romans crowned their wives with silver wreaths on their 25th anniversary, representing the value of marriage. Silver is also thought to represent wealth and magic, bringing luck to those who wear it.

30th Wedding Anniversary: Pearl

Cultivated over many years, pearls represent wisdom in many cultures, but also a dedication to your beloved. A symbol of hidden beauty, this precious object is found inside an oyster shell. They reflect that after 30 years you and your partner may have changed on the outside, but it’s the inside that counts.

40th Wedding Anniversary: Ruby

The colour of love, a red ruby is the perfect symbol of a long-standing marriage. Traditionally used to enhance romance and devotion, rubies reflect the still-burning flame in the hearts of couples who have been together for 40 years.

50th Wedding Anniversary: Gold

One of the most precious metals, gold symbolises prosperity, strength and elegance. It is also thought that when the Romans reached 50 years of marriage, they crowned their wives with a gold wreath. After a lifetime together, there is no better symbol of happiness than this. 

Looking forward to celebrating these major milestones with your beloved? At Carlton Manor, we know how important your wedding day is to symbolise the start of your life as a married couple. 

Contact us via phone or enquire today to find out how we can create your dream wedding.


You may not have heard the term anniception before, but it’s set to take the wedding world by storm this year and next! Our country wedding venue in Yorkshire is delighted to answer all your burning questions about this exciting new wedding trend.

 

What is an anniception?

Anniception: a conjunction of the words anniversary and reception.

Through a year of postponements, downsizing and virtual wedding ceremonies, many couples opted for smaller wedding celebrations. Promising a larger get-together later, the anniception came to life!

An anniception is a second wedding celebration, where you can fulfil your wildest dreams. Posing as an extension to your original wedding day, couples can cut the cake, have a first dance and enjoy all the best wedding traditions. In short, an anniception is your wedding reception, just without the ceremony before.

 

How is it different from an anniversary party?

Whereas an anniversary party is a celebration of the couple after a certain number of years, an anniception is a celebration of the wedding day. You can choose to re-create your celebration, host the dream reception you never had, or do something completely different.

Most importantly, anniceptions include speech-giving, dancing with your parents, tossing the bouquet and all the other elements we love from wedding receptions. You can even have a grand entrance if you wish.

 

When should I have an anniception?

Although it’s a new trend, an anniception will usually take place on the anniversary of your wedding – or as close as possible. That said, there’s no reason why an anniception can’t be a month, six months, or even six years after your original date!

 

Should I keep the same venue and theme as my wedding?

Continuity is something that many couples desire, but after some compromises in their original wedding, many decide to make their anniception different. You have no obligation to the original venue, but if you do hunt for somewhere new, make sure you check the reviews and take a look round.

 

How hard is an anniception to plan?

In all truth, it’s as hard as you want to make it! Some couples will choose to go all-out and have a huge celebration, whereas others may want to keep it intimate. We can promise you though, it won’t be as difficult to plan as your original wedding.

 

Can I re-wear my wedding dress?

Of course! You may have lots of friends and family who haven’t seen you in your bridal outfit yet, and many more who would love to see it again. You might have spent a lot of money on your dress or suit, and would love the opportunity to wear it again. The point of an anniception is to create a wedding reception experience, so relive the magical moment you put on your dress.

That said, things can change in a year, and if you don’t fancy putting on your original, or any, wedding dress, that’s perfectly okay! The most important thing is to feel happy in whatever you wear.

 

Carlton Manor is a wedding venue near Beverley which is currently holding viewings for 2022 availability. Get in touch today to see how we can make your day perfect.