Traditional Wedding Anniversary Colors

illustration of wedding anniversary colors

Illustration: Grace Kim. © The Spruce, 2018

There are many wedding traditions, and each of them includes a designated color or color combination for each anniversary year. You can draw inspiration from traditional wedding anniversary colors to celebrate your special annual date in style. For instance, your first wedding anniversary colors include gold or yellow. In nice weather you can go out together wearing a happy summer or spring yellow, and at night you can be fashionable with a sleek gold dress or tie.

Traditional Wedding Anniversary Colors

The season when you wed sets the tone for what you can do with the traditional colors given to you. For instance, a mix of pink, red, and vibrant yellow is good for an alfresco summer wedding. You can use this as a jumping point for your anniversary, whether you're going out, planning a party, or gifting each other something that involves the color scheme.

For example, your fifth wedding anniversary color is blue. You can spend your time outside in the bright blue sky on beautiful blue water on a good day, or make a movie night with films that have the word "blue" in it. Whatever you do, get creative with your colors and make your annual date fun and modern with a classic twist.

Wedding Anniversaries 1-10

The first few wedding anniversaries represent your first milestone. Most people take a vacation, day-cation, or host a simple dinner or cocktail party. Use the following colors per year, or celebrate your big 10 with a combination of colors to represent each year that you spent together:

Wedding Anniversaries 11-20

Celebrating your 20th year of marriage together is huge, and the years leading up to that matter. Make sure to look back on all you have accomplished together and use these colors to get inspired:

  • 11th Anniversary: Turquoise or Yellow
  • 12th Anniversary: Jade, Opal, or Oyster White
  • 13th Anniversary: Citrine or White
  • 14th Anniversary: Opal or Ivory
  • 15th AnniversaryRuby Red
  • 16th Anniversary: Emerald Green, Red, or Silver
  • 17th Anniversary: Yellow
  • 18th Anniversary: Blue
  • 19th Anniversary: Bronze
  • 20th AnniversaryEmerald Green or White

Wedding Anniversaries 21-30

Not everyone makes it to 30 years of marriage. You might even have grown-up kids or be grandparents. Celebrate your big 3-0 and the years in between with your family, by throwing a party, or going out together:

  • 21st Anniversary: Orange
  • 22nd Anniversary: Green
  • 23rd Anniversary: Silver
  • 24th Anniversary: Lavender
  • 25th Anniversary : Silver
  • 30th Anniversary: Green

Wedding Anniversaries 30 and Up

Any wedding anniversary over 30 is truly special. With so many years spending time together, learning how to love each other, and becoming best friends, it's something very honorable. Treat yourselves to gifts and experiences that incorporate these traditional colors:

  • 35th Anniversary: Coral
  • 40th Anniversary: Ruby Red
  • 45th Anniversary: Sapphire Red
  • 50th Anniversary: Gold
  • 55th Anniversary: Emerald Green
  • 60th Anniversary: Diamond White
  • 65th Anniversary: Sky Blue
  • 70th Anniversary: Platinum
  • 75th Anniversary: Diamond White
  • 80th Anniversary: Ruby Red