The traditional wedding anniversary colors vary by year, such as yellow for the first anniversary, blue for the fourth and fifth anniversaries, silver for the 25th and gold for the 50th. Each anniversary from the first to the 25th has its own traditional color, and most also have alternate colors.
From the 25th anniversary onward, traditionally only specific colors are used for every fifth year from then on, such as the 30th, 35th, 40th and so on. Although each year has a specific color, many colors are used for multiple years, such as blue, which is the primary or alternate color for at least five anniversaries. Various shades of green and red are also quite common. For instance, emerald green is used for the 16th, 20th and 55th anniversaries, while plain green is used for the 22nd and 30th.
In addition to the traditional colors, each anniversary also has both traditional and more modern gifts that are associated with it as well. The gift for the first anniversary was traditionally paper, but clocks are the modern gift recommended by Hallmark. Some of the gifts correspond directly to the anniversary's traditional color, such as the 25th and 50th anniversaries, where the gifts and colors are both silver and gold respectively.