In the Commonwealth realms, one can receive a message from the monarch for 60th, 65th, and 70th wedding anniversaries, and any wedding anniversary after that. This is done by applying to Buckingham Palace in the United Kingdom, or to the Governor-General's office in the other Commonwealth realms. In Canada, one can also receive a message from the Governor General for 50th and 55th anniversaries. The situation is similar in Australia, where one can receive a letter of congratulations from the Governor-General on the 50th and all subsequent wedding anniversaries; the Prime Minister, the federal Opposition leader, local members of parliament (both state and federal), and state Governors may also send salutations for the same anniversaries.
In the United States, one can receive a greeting from the President for any wedding anniversary on or after the 50th.
The following list of wedding anniversary gifts was compiled by librarians at the Chicago Public Library.
|7th||Wool, Copper||Desk sets|
|9th||Pottery, China||Leather goods|
|10th||Tin, Aluminum||Diamond jewelry|
|12th||Silk||Pearls, Colored gems|
|2nd||Lily of the valley|
|9th||Bird of paradise|
|50th||Yellow roses & violets|