Traditionally known as the pearl wedding anniversary, your 30th anniversary deserves all the attention it can get. After all, you’ve got a lot to celebrate – you’ve created memories spanning over three decades, your kids are probably all grown up and you’ve built a solid relationship. A festive celebration is definitely due! Read on for the perfect traditional anniversary gifts for her, the best gifts for parents, top romantic anniversary ideas, plus a look at the meaning of the pearl milestone.
Pearls – The Symbols of the 30th Wedding Anniversary
Long-lasting and ever-growing, the 30th anniversary signifies a deep bond, a solid relationship molded by experiences and perfected in time – similar to a pearl. As the traditional symbol of the 30th anniversary, pearls represent everlasting love, purity and grace. It’s no wonder that the treasure of the seas is strongly connected with the idea of love. After all, the legend says that Cleopatra herself crushed a large pearl, then drank it, in a gesture meant to show Marc Anthony her everlasting love.
If you’re sticking with tradition, there’s no doubt about it: pearls are the go-to gift for this major milestone. But if you are also on the hunt for ideas for a present with a modern twist, make sure to keep all these in mind:
- Traditional 30th Anniversary Gift: Pearl
- Modern 30th Anniversary Gift: Diamond
- Gemstone: Pearl
- Flower: Lily
- Color: Green
30th Anniversary Gifts for Her
A Timelessly Elegant Pearl Necklace
When talking about anniversary gifts for her, it simply doesn’t get more traditional than this. Delight your loved one with a stunning pearl necklace featuring classic South Sea pearls, aka the most valuable gems of the sea available on the market. Classic and elegant, a pearl necklace offered on this special occasion is the perfect heirloom piece to be passed to the next generations of lucky wearers.
The Pearl Source’s Pearl Necklaces come in the widest range of colors, pearl sizes and lengths, catering to every customer and every occasion. Opt for ultra-lustrous Japanese Akoya Pearls to accompany a power suit, shine in the iridescent Tahitian gems or look chic in Golden Pearls, ideal for a formal event.
Black Pearl Earrings
If classic whites are not her style, aim for the perfect anniversary gift for her combo: pearls and diamonds – the ideal merge between traditional and modern. White gems might be the go-to choice for most, but nothing compares with the enigmatic charm of Black Tahitian Pearls for an added touch of mystery to an evening look.
Mother of Pearl Accessories
Pearls are the classic go-to choice for the 30th anniversary – and the next in line is their mother – literally. Mother of pearl is currently trending, which works in your favor when on the hunt for the perfect iridescent nacre gift. Avoid the faux mother of pearl and shell items on the market and go for the real thing when shopping for your love – whether that’s a mother of pearl serving bowl, a slim belt with a nacre buckle or a chic shell clutch, ideal for destination weddings on the beach.
Our Pick: The Shell Clutch Macabebe
Pearl Powder Beauty Products
When classic pearls feel a bit too predictable for your tastes, then opt for an alternative gift that is still traditional, but with an unexpected twist: pearl beauty products. Pearls, pearl powder and everything else pearl, from highlighters to face masks are currently giving the beauty industry an upgrade. Join the craze and delight your loved one with a must-have pearl powder beauty product that promises to offer that iridescent glow of the treasure of the seas.
Our Pick: The BECCA Pearl Glow Luster Glow Powder
Golden Glam Pearl Bracelet
If you’re aiming for shine, brilliance and dazzle, this next one is a catch. One of the traditional anniversary gifts for her, but with a modern spin. Forgo the classic rounds and whites when shopping for a lady who loves surprises. Instead, embrace the golden glam of South Sea Pearls in one-of-a-kind baroque shapes.
Golden Pearls have the power to transform any outfit with a glamorous dose of shine and warmth. Opt for Golden Pearl Necklaces, Bracelets, Earrings, Rings and Pendants for a memorable evening look that will not go unnoticed.
30th Anniversary Gifts for Him
A Mother of Pearl Watch
When shopping for anniversary gifts for him, stick with the classics. Neutral tones, versatile pieces and timeless elegance simply can’t miss the mark for your 30th anniversary. He probably already owns a staple everyday watch, but how about an anniversary special piece featuring mother of pearl. It’s elegant and it adds a subtle shimmer to a day-to-night look.
Mother of Pearl Cufflinks
Elevate his dapper appeal in one go with a pair of mother of pearl cufflinks. Suitable for formal wear, daytime suits and crisp button-down, cufflinks make an instant style statement – and nacre finishes bring that dose of luster a power suit often calls for.
An Elegant Mother of Pearl Pen
From the anniversary gifts for him that stand the test of time collection: a classic fountain pen in a luxurious finish. Upgrade his office supplies with a gorgeous mother of pearl pen, meticulously built, strong and resilient – just like your long-lasting relationship.
Our pick: The Laban Mother of Pearl Fountain Pen
A Solitaire Pearl Bracelet
Meet the perfect accessory for a smart-casual look that’s effortlessly trendy, fresh and timeless. For a gentleman with a flair of jewelry and accessories, it doesn’t get any better than this. For your 30th anniversary, delight your husband with a solitaire pearl bracelet, perfect for layering with leather bracelets or a daytime watch.
A Minimalist Pearl Tie Pin
Stylish husbands deserve an arsenal of equally elegant accessories. Upgrade his formal suit with the perfect tie pin enriched with a crisp white pearl, ideal for nighttime attire, weddings and special occasions – like your anniversary party.
Our Pick: The Sophie Breitmeyer Tie Pin with Pearl
Fun Fact: A Taiwanese couple who celebrated their 86th anniversary together in 2003 hold the record for the longest married couple in the world.Click to tweet
30th Anniversary Gifts for Parents & Couples
Mother of Pearl Photo Frames
When shopping for your parents or a couple celebrating their 30th anniversary, the décor / home isle is the best place to start. Special memories need to be shared – and the best way to help the happy couple do so is with the help of elegant photo frames, crafted from mother of pearl.
Mother of Pearl Coasters
If you’re hunting for gifts for parents that are both practical and aesthetically pleasing, settle on mother of pearl. Upgrade their tablescape game with a set of mother of pearl coasters, ideal for the couple who loves to host. Alternatively, pair up your present with a set of mother of pearl cutting boards to match the elegant 30th anniversary theme.
Unique Pieces of (Pearly) Art
Not too thrilled about mainstream gifts for parents? No worries. Personalized, handmade gifts are definitely a great choice when shopping for your parents or the couple who has it all. For an artsy couple, don’t be afraid of thinking out of the box and opting for a unique gift that makes a statement.
Our Pick: The Anniversary Pearl Wire Tree
Pearl Napkin Rings
Talking about an elevated tablescape, gift the lovely couple a set of pearl napkin rings, perfect for their anniversary party ahead. Perfect as gifts for parents, napkin rings add that touch of elegant glam to their dinner parties.
Pearl Glaze Finishes
If you’re not opting for traditional pearls or natural mother of pearl, you can still gift the happy couple a memorable present by choosing pearly finishes. Anything that comes in the classic ivory or pearly white hues, complete with that pearly iridescence makes a great 30th anniversary gift, starting with handmade ceramic bowls, a set of gourmet knives or a new shimmery memory box in pearly finishes.
Our Pick: The Pearl Glaze Anniversary Bowls
Fun Fact: On the 30th anniversary, a couple has been married for 10,950 days or 262,800 hours or 15,768,000 minutes, which is over 946 million seconds.Click to tweet
How to Throw the Best 30th Anniversary Party
Whether you’re planning on renewing your vows, looking forward to a lovely evening with friends and family celebrating your love or you’re decided on organizing a surprise anniversary party for your parents, the 30th milestone definitely deserves a festive celebration. Commit to the theme of the major milestone by simply opting for a pearl anniversary party. Let the gorgeous pearls be your inspo and go for a glam white (or alternatively, ivory) party with additional pastel shades of blush pink and a touch of greenery. Think iridescence, elegant glam and pearly hues, all accompanied by the mandatory lush blooms: lilies.
A Pearl-Themed Anniversary Party:
- The Aesthetic: Elegant with a touch of glam & whimsy
- The Color Palette: Ivory, white, blush, natural green & pops of gold
- The Flowers: Traditional 30th anniversary lilies
- The Tablescape: Mother of pearl serving plates, pearl napkin rings, mother of pearl coasters and lily centerpieces in slim vases
- The Cake: Simple, elegant, decorated with sugar pearls
- The Centerpieces: Delicate lilies in ivory hues
- The Venue Décor: Ivory candles, pearl fairy lights and crisp white balloons symbolizing pearls
Keep our To Do List at hand and stay focused on the things that need your attention prior to the fabulous festivities.
30th Anniversary Party Checklist:
- Decide on the date and time
- Consider your budget
- Select your venue
- Select your theme and shop for your decorations
- Write down your guest list
- Design and send out the invitations
- Decide on catering and drinks
- Decide on the entertainment & music
- Book a photographer
- Schedule speeches and toasts
- List the order of events
Creative Entertainment Ideas for Your 30th Anniversary Party:
- A slideshow of your best wedding moments
- Playing (and dancing on) your wedding song
- Booking a caricaturist
- Opting for a photo booth with fun props
- Creating a photo collage with your best memories together
- Having the guests sign a creative guest-book
- Anniversary party games
Romantic Anniversary Ideas for Your 30th Milestone
A milestone as big as your 30th needs a proper celebration. You’ve decided on the gifts and had fun at your anniversary party with friends and family. If you are settled on spending some extra quality time with your one and only, here are a few romantic anniversary ideas that will help you celebrate your 30th anniversary in style:
- Hop on a cruise and enjoy the blue seas
- Rent a cottage on the beach and enjoy a relaxing long weekend
- Take an exotic trip and visit a pearl farm
- Go out for a seafood dinner
- Join a cooking class or have a cook-off at home
- Write a love letter to each other
- Spend the evening reminiscing down the memory lane
- Recreate your first (or your best) date together
- Take a boat trip at sunset
- Recreate your wedding night menu
- Book a photo-shoot for just the two of you
- Try a new adventure or hobby together
- Head out for a spontaneous road trip and stay at a charming hotel
- Renew your vows
And there you have it: everything from the best anniversary gifts for him, the most elegant anniversary gifts for her and the perfect gifts for parents, plus a range of fun anniversary ideas to do and plan for your 30th milestone – with the anniversary party of your dreams to match!