Being married for 3 years, you now have your way, as a couple, to celebrate this date. You may like to go to your restaurant, chose to stick to the traditional theme or even take a day off to organize something special. You may also lack ideas or want to make something special. If this is the case, you’ve found the right place to find the best ideas for your wedding anniversary.
My 3 year wedding anniversary – The complete guide will list everything you need to know about the traditions of a 3rd anniversary to find the best ideas for that day. I will cover everything from traditional and modern gifts as well as usual flowers, colors, and gemstones. Want to find your next vacation spots? I’ll cover that too!
If you need more information about the history of wedding anniversaries or the complete list of themes, please check my first post for a detailed guide.
As usual, do not hesitate to share your experience, idea or feedback in the comment area, I’ll make sure to update this post following them.
US and UK Traditional 3rd wedding anniversary
Some may joke that it means “new sexual experiences” but, I think that we can find some more serious meaning to this year’s theme, the leather. This year is perfectly following Paper and Cotton, the 1st and 2nd wedding anniversary themes. Yes, the leather is still flexible but is very, also, very strong. On top of that, if we give enough attention to the leather, it will last forever, like a marriage.
Traditionally, leather was used to keep warm and protect. This makes a perfect material to symbolize the pledge of protection and shelter or show how secure we can feel within our couple.
Leather is traditionally made from animal skin and has been produced since the dawn of humanity. Many types of leather are found with variations in production processes. The leather can also come from different animals such as cows, porks, horses, and sheeps or even kangaroos, crocodiles or ostriches.
For many, the leather is a no go, either for religious or personal reasons. If this is the case, there are several “animal-free” solution out there. Another option would be to simply select a gift from any of the other lists such as the modern or gemstone’s list.
Leather anniversary gift ideas
- Leather belt
- Leather gloves
- Leather shoes
- Leather handbag
- Leather accessories for biker if your companion is one of them
Leather anniversary travel ideas
- Morocco: Famous for one type of leather. Great to combine with an “Arabian nights” style holiday
- Florence, Italy: Not only great for leather, full of culture and romance!
- Leon, Mexico: For shoe and leather lovers
Leather anniversary activity ideas
- Leathercraft class
- Try some soft bondage
- Couple re looking including a leather piece
Leather anniversary quotes :
Leather is always sexy, and you have to wear leather when you ride a bike. It’s more for protection, but it also get you style points, I think. – Marisa Miller
Words should be an intense pleasure, just as leather should be to a shoemake – Evelyn Waugh
A handbag is only one item to be worn with a complete outfit. Add a peony pink leather handbag to a charcoal gray suit, for instance, and the impact is chic with a touch of wit.– Kate Spade
Modern 3rd wedding anniversary
There are 2 possible modern anniversary themes this year: Crystal and glass. There is no symbol behind these 2 options, but they can be good gift options for people who do not like or do not want leather. On top of that, there are a lot of options for both Crystal or glass gifts which is great. Strictly speaking, the crystal is a type of glass so the correct theme for this year would be “Glass, in particular, crystal”.
While Crystal may seem a little more “noble” other generic glasses it suffers a lot of health concern due to one of its components, the lead. Nevertheless, if you really want to stick to Crystal, lookout for some new types of Crystals made lead-free.
Crystal is usually more fragile than other glasses, however, and this is important for beautiful gifts, crystals can have funnier shapes and be thinner.
Crystal anniversary gift ideas
- Engraved Crystal glass
- Crystal wine carafe or glass set
- Crystal decoration
- Rare alcohol bottle
Crystal anniversary travel ideas
- Baccarat, France: home to the famous crystal make of the same name. You can always combine your trip with a visit to Paris, one of the most romantic cities in the world. Paris also has a baccarat museum of its own.
Crystal anniversary activity ideas
- Glass engraving class
- Glassmaking class
- Wine tasting tour
Crystal anniversary quotes
Every particular in nature, a leaf, a drop, a crystal, a moment of time is related to the whole and partakes of the perfection of the whole. – Ralph Waldo Emerson
3rd wedding anniversary gemstone
This year gemstone, the pearl, is not strictly speaking a gemstone as they are built by shelled mollusk. While Pearls can be found in their natural state, most of what is sold is coming from cultured Oysters or mussels.
A nice meaning for this 3rd anniversary is that pearls symbolize wisdom gained through experience, an experience that starts to count after 3 years of marriage. Other common meanings of pearls if they symbolize purity and loyalty.
Pearl anniversary gift ideas
- Pearl earrings
- Pearl necklace
- Pearl ring
- Rare alcohol bottle
Pearl anniversary travel ideas
- Zhuji, China: World capital of the pearls, great if you want to shop pearls and, Shanghai is not so far for some more shopping.
- Broome, Australia: A little far away for most but an amazing spot for nature and beach too
- Ago Bay, Japan: One of the oldest pearl production area and Japan is also a top destination for food and nature lovers
Pearl anniversary quotes
True beauty is measured by the number of pearls within you and not around your neck. – Suzy Kassem
The world is your oyster, it is up to you to find the pearls – Chris Gardner
3rd wedding anniversary flower
As most anniversary, there are 2 flowers to chose from this year: Sunflower and Fuchsia.
I love sunflowers, to me, this flower just looks like a smile. It is not that I find them beautiful, it just that they make think of summer, of better days ahead of us. I also always found Sunflower fields all aligned in the same direction kind of hypnotic: I can just stare at each of them for a while.
It is usually is said that Sunflowers symbolize adoration, loyalty and longevity. Longevity being a great meaning for this 3rd year anniversary as it just emphasizes that we want to spend the rest of our life together.
Fuchsias, who also gave its name to the purplish color, are, in my opinion, beautiful and captivating flowers. Fuchsia, also called lady’s ear drop usually symbolized humble love or confiding love
3rd wedding anniversary color
This 3rd year anniversary has 2 color themes, the brown, as a reminder of leather and the jade green.
Brown relates to everything that approaches stability, a great color association for your 3 years wedding. It emphasizes that your marriage is now built and strong. In color psychology, the brown symbolizes loyalty, sincerity, and honesty. These 3 qualities totally apply to a strong relationship like yours, after 3 years. While not an all-time favorite of many, the brown usually brings feelings of comfort and security. It can also give a little classy touch to gifts, especially in combination with other colors such as Ivory.
Jade green is a special shade of green that gets its name from the gemstone. Its colors lay between the Emerald green and sea green. I do not think that Jade has any special meaning but, if we look into the gem as well as the standard green, the jade would symbolize, growth, harmony, stability, and serenity. Jade is, therefore, a good color to show how good we feel into the couple and could be used in combination with the other 3rd-year color, the brown.