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Ruby Wedding Anniversary

The ruby wedding anniversary celebrates 40 years of marriage. A significant milestone in this day and age!

The ruby is a symbol of passion and fire, the excitement of spending so much time with the one you love.

It’s a real achievement to make it that long and have a wonderful marriage that is still full of spice and lots of love.

Ruby red is a great color and can be a theme that ties things together, plus it works for both men and women. Red is the universal color of love and romance, think Valentine’s Day but it works for your anniversary no matter when it is in the year.

Wedding Anniversary Flower

The traditional wedding anniversary flower for a 40th wedding anniversary is the NASTURTIUM.

Your wife would love to receive a bouquet of flowers which include the traditional flower for a RUBY wedding anniversary or you can include the nasturtium as a theme in decorations for a 40th wedding anniversary party.

Fortieth Wedding Anniversary Party

A fortieth wedding anniversary should be celebrated with lots of red décor and sweet treats to warm the tummy and heart at the same time.

It is a celebration of great times and one you will most likely want to share with those you love.

Or you may be saving the big party with everyone you know for your fiftieth anniversary so your fortieth can be more laid back.

40th Wedding Anniversary Ideas

Here are some great ideas for ways to celebrate this very special day together.

Relive The Proposal on Your Ruby Wedding Anniversary

Remember the night you proposed or the night you were proposed to? Relive that night. Go back to the same place and do everything like you did the first time. Don’t remember all the details? Make them up as you go and try to piece things together.

You’ll get a good laugh out of it and the memories will come flooding back about how you felt in that moment, what happened afterward and so on. The night will make you feel like young kids again.


40th Wedding Anniversary - Family Dinner

Invite the family over, your kids, grandkids and parents and have a nice family dinner together. It should feel like old times with everyone gathered around the table talking about their days and weeks.

Then you can turn it into a game night and play with the grandkids or teach them some old card games and such. Or sit back and watch a movie as a family and pop some good old popcorn to munch on as you laugh or cry.

Ruby Wedding Anniversary - Fire & Romance

Even after forty years together you can ignite the passion and have a romantic evening together.

Make a bubble bath with wine and rose petals after a nice dinner by candlelight and dim lighting. Even finish up the night with some loving romance such as an erotic massage and bedtime together in sexy lingerie or nothing at all.

40th Wedding Anniversary - Relive the Memories

Have lots of home videos and photos? Sit back and look at all your photo albums together. You can take a stroll down memory lane and remember things together. One of you may not recall something and the other will fill in the blanks.

Or watch your home videos and see your wedding day from an outsider’s perspective or relive the days your kids walked for the first time and hit a home run in little league.

You can laugh and cry as you look back and think about all the great times still ahead of you.

40th Wedding Anniversary Gift Ideas

Jewelry is an obvious choice as the 40th Wedding Anniversary is also known as the ruby wedding anniversary. This can be a necklace, earrings, ring, or bracelet as long as it contains the ruby gemstone. For the men cufflinks are an obvious choice.

Ruby red glass makes a stunning addition to your home to celebrate your 40th wedding anniversary. Each time you look at it you will be reminded of your 40 happy years together. This could be a stained glass window, an antique piece of ruby glass, or ruby red wine glasses

Take a road trip to visit a place with the name "Ruby". There are several to choose from. You can visit a ruby mine in Cherokee, NC or Ruby Falls in Tennessee. There is a Ruby Valley in Nevada or Ruby River in Utah. If you really want to go all out there is a Ruby golf course in the Bahamas!

Ruby Candle Holders, paper weights, or a ruby red vase also make good ideas for a ruby wedding anniversary gift. Choose a gift that fits your budget.

40th Wedding Anniversary Poems

Love brought you together
as husband and wife
and gave each of you
a best friend for life

Happy 40th Wedding Anniversary

One by one each year flew by,
since you both said "I do"...
Forty years of memories
shared by the two of you.
From big events and holidays
to simple daily pleasures,
Some tearful times along life's way,
some joys that can't be measured...
One by one each year now gone,
but still they're yours forever...
Each and every memory,
of Forty years together!

Ruby Wedding Anniversary Poem

I hope you enjoy this Ruby Anniversary poem from a husband to his wife. In it he describes what he loves about his wife after 40 years of marriage. It is the little things that mean so much, marriage has moved to that place of comfort and contentment, of knowing each others strengths and enjoying their history together.

I love watching your face light up
and knowing I can still make you laugh.
I love your tenderness and how you
really care about other people's feelings.
I love being the guy standing beside you
in those old photos of ours...

I love how you bring out the best in me
and don't let me settle for less.
I love that you're genuine
you don't have to pretend.
"Wonderful" is just what you are.

I love sharing the quiet with you
as each day winds down,
feeling totally content because you are near.
For everything you do,
and everything you are,
and everything we have together
that's what I love now and forever.

Ruby Wedding Anniversary

Today, of all days, is a time to reflect
On times gone by, and those still to come yet
You both deserve medals for a service so long
Though it's fairly obvious that you sing the same song

All those years ago you committed to each other
Became a unity together, not just a friend or lover
And still you'll say the same today, and say it to the end
The reason you survived is that you married your best friend

Well congratulations to you both, on getting it so right
On filling your life with love, laughter and delight
On never becoming normal, always appreciating what you've got
Never tiring of each other, or veering from the plot

Forty years is quite a stretch, but one thinks it's fair to say
That you'll be holding hands together, forever and a day
Happy Ruby Anniversary, it's true you've had many before
But you're congratulated on reaching so far and wished so many more

40th Anniversary Thank You Card

Gratitude, like love, lives
and grows in our hearts.
You've brought joy to our day,
warmth to our lives
and happiness to our hearts.
Thank you fro celebrating our 40th anniversary with us.
With all our love,
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