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Anniversary Poems: The Best Poems to Write in Anniversary Cards

Whether you're writing a card to your partner or celebrating a friend or family member's anniversary, they'll love these heartfelt anniversary poems

Senior couple celebrating anniversary on holiday

Senior couple celebrating anniversary on holiday

Congratulations! If you’re looking for a beautiful anniversary poem, it means you or a loved one are about to celebrate another special year of marriage.

Your wedding anniversary is such an important moment in a marriage. You get to celebrate the highs of the past year, congratulate yourself on getting through the lows and make a promise to many more years of love and happiness together.

Whether you’re looking for a poem for a milestone, like your first anniversary or your parents’ 50th wedding anniversary, or just an anniversary poem to use in a card or leave in a love note, we’ve got them here.

Enjoy our pick of the best anniversary poems.

Anniversary Poems for Your Partner

Is there anything more romantic and thoughtful than finding the perfect poem to present to your partner on your wedding anniversary? Use them in a card to your other half, or include them as a message with a special gift delivery.

These ones are bursting with love but if a line doesn't sound quite right, or you'd like to get in a special reference to your relationship in there, you can always adapt them. For example, in the last line of the Every Year poem - which we think would make perfect anniversary verses for a wife - you could switch out 'my joy' or 'my delight' for your pet name for your partner, so maybe 'my babe', 'my small' or 'my darling'.

Every Year

Every year that I’m with you
Has been better than before;
It’s hard for me to even think
How I could love you more.

Every year you’ve graced my life
Has been full of happiness;
I love your caring face, your voice,
Your tender, sweet caress.

Every year when this day comes,
I’m filled with love and pleasure;
Happy Anniversary, Love,
My joy, my delight, my treasure.

Joanna Fuchs

No other love story
could compare
to the love story
that you and I are so lucky to share.

(Years) ago today
we finally said, “I do”
And that’s when all of
our wildest dreams came true.

Happy Anniversary!
I love you!


 With You By My Side

This beautiful and memorable day,
has been carved into my mind.
A precious moment in time,
when our lives became defined.

Let’s rejoice and celebrate,
our love and our bond.
I cherish what we have,
with my heart I respond.

This journey of life is so sweet,
with you by my side.
My smile radiates,
with each passing stride.

Whether one or a thousand,
journey’s we take.
With you by my side,
I feel alive and awake.

My soul is filled with bliss,
due to the love that we share.
I promise you my dear,
I will always be there.

To the stars and the heavens,
our anniversary I shall proclaim.
My love for you burns like the sun,
with an infinite flame.

When years are passing by like days,
and in my hand your hand is placed,
a knowing smile crosses your face,
a simple touch can still make my heart race.

When I can see my soul in your eyes,
and you see your soul in mine, we realise
that a love so deep can harbour no lies,
where our only tears shed were happy tears we’ve cried.

I love you as much now as I ever did before.
If possible, I may even love you more,
all starting from a feeling we did not ignore,
a feeling of connection we chose to explore.

I don’t know what it is that you saw in me,
what I saw in you was the utmost happiness
that can ever be,
even more so on the day when you and I
became “We.”
I can still smile and say with love and truth
Honey, I love you…Happy Anniversary.

Kirk A. Finney

Wives are for sharing with,
Dreaming dreams and caring with
spending time with,
chatting to,
Making plans with,
Hoping they come true…
Holding hands with, hugging, kissing
Laughing with and reminiscing…..
Working with to see things through,
and loving
Just like I love you.



The day we both walked,
down our wedding aisle,
I couldn’t help
but joyously smile.

My tears of happiness,
were so hard to suppress.
My whole life lit up,
the moment you said yes.

We’ve been through
so much together.
We can outlast
the harshest cold weather.

I will always love you,
and show you respect.
It’s our wedding anniversary,
Let’s spend time and connect.

My smile is peaceful and calm,
while I look straight ahead.
As long as we have each other,
our hearts shall be fed.

Thank you for loving me,
with your heart and soul.
When we are together,
I feel completely whole.

Anniversary Poems For Milestone Anniversaries

We’ve got a marriage anniversary poem option here, whether you're celebrating your milestone anniversary or that of a loved one.

We particularly love the 50th wedding anniversary poems, but these can be easily adapted to suit plenty of milestones, like silver (25th), pearl (30th), coral (35th), ruby (40th), sapphire (45th), gold (50th), emerald (55th), diamond (60th) and platinum (70th). Discover more about what each anniversary means here.

As an extra special touch, try adding your own verse about a particular memory you want to include or to create an anniversary poem that's funny to your husband or wife. To make sure it fits in, be sure to replicate the style of the poem, keeping the length of the lines, size of the stanzas, and rhyming pattern the same. 

1st Anniversary Poems

Beautiful First Year

Happy anniversary,
my precious, my dear.
Thank you for this,
beautiful first year.

I still can’t believe,
that a year has passed.
My love for you,
forever shall last.

If this first year of ours,
has been just a taste,
I promise to cherish our moments
and never shall waste.

I’m sorry for the days,
that I hurt or annoy.
I’m so happy for having you,
you make me smile with joy.

I’m looking forward to share,
countless more years,
We’ll create beautiful memories,
with laugher and cheers.

Just want to say,
it’s all because of you,
That my life is amazing,
peaceful and true.

Thirty one and a half million seconds
We’ve been married for.
Just one year in, I’m looking forward to
Another 60 plus years more.

Jon Bratton

Happy Anniversary, my love
We made it to one year.
You’re the love of my life
And I love you so much, my dear.
As we move on from here
I want to make it clear,
I’ll be by your side
Each and every year.


25th Anniversary Poems

On this special day
You can look back with pride
Because for 25 years
You’ve remained at each other’s side.

Your dreams you made together,
The memories you share,
Rejoice in one another
And a life of love and care.


Twenty five years have passed you by
Twenty five years of we not I
Twenty five years to share your life
Twenty five years as man and wife
Twenty five years of love and joy
Twenty five years, one girl, one boy
Twenty five years to love and adore
Here’s wishing you at least twenty five more

Happy 25th anniversary!


Twenty-five years
On this day we were wed
A day wherein many
Joyous tears were shed.
And we had no idea
What life had in store
But we knew that one day
Our love would grow even more
And here we are now
We’re still here together
Because our love is a flame
That will burn bright forever.


50th Wedding Anniversary Poems

It started with a simple ring,
You became husband and wife,
You progressed to being parents
And you’re still best friends for life.

You’ve travelled through life together
Enjoying years of wedded bliss
We congratulate you on reaching (Silver) (Gold) (Diamond)
And we toast your happiness

By Jon Bratton

The two of us have spent
Fifty years together,
Sometimes it feels like yesterday,
But other days forever.
Here’s a toast
To many more,
For me and you, so somebody pour!
I love you, darling, I do
So here we go, to me and you.


Marriage Poems For Anniversaries

Mature couple celebrating wedding anniversary at christmas market

Sometimes, you just want a classic love poem about marriage and how much your partner means to you to put in an anniversary card, making the suggestions below a perfect match!

We particularly love the funny anniversary poem by Linda Pastan, which, along with To My Dear & Loving Husband, provides thoughtful poems for a husband on an anniversary. Meanwhile, if you're looking for touching anniversary verses for your wife, Scaffolding by Seamus Heaney will likely have them welling up. 

We also have plenty of lovely marriage quotes too if you need even more romantic inspiration.


Masons, when they start upon a building,
Are careful to test out the scaffolding;

Make sure that planks won’t slip at busy points,
Secure all ladders, tighten bolted joints.

And yet all this comes down when the job’s done
Showing off walls of sure and solid stone.

So if, my dear, there sometimes seem to be
Old bridges breaking between you and me

Never fear. We may let the scaffolds fall
Confident that we have built our wall.

Seamus Heaney

To My Dear & Loving Husband

If ever two were one, then surely we.
If ever man were loved by wife, then thee;
If ever wife was happy in a man,
Compare with me ye women if you can.
I prize thy love more than whole mines of gold,
Or all the riches that the East doth hold.
My love is such that rivers cannot quench,
Nor ought but love from thee give recompense.
Thy love is such I can no way repay;
The heavens reward thee manifold, I pray.
Then while we live, in love let’s so persevere,
That when we live no more we may live ever.

Anne Bradstreet

I Married You

I married you
for all the wrong reasons,
charmed by your
dangerous family history,
by the innocent muscles, bulging
like hidden weapons
under your shirt,
by your naive ties, the colors
of painted scraps of sunset.

I was charmed too
by your assumptions
about me: my serenity—
that mirror waiting to be cracked,
my flashy acrobatics with knives
in the kitchen.
How wrong we both were
about each other,
and how happy we have been.

Linda Pastan

I love you,
in ways
you’ve never been
for reasons you’ve never been
for longer than you think you
and with more
than you will ever know existed

Tyler Knott Gregson

Anniversary Poems to Write in a Card

Gay couple walking their dog, celebrating marriage and anniversary

If you’re writing an anniversary card for a couple celebrating a milestone, one of these anniversary poems is a great thing to include. It’ll let them know you’re thinking of them and, again, you can add into lots of them the year they’re celebrating.

Covering all bases, there are wedding anniversary poem options to send to parents, in-laws and friends. Also, most of them are quite short, making them perfect for writing in an anniversary card and popping in the post. 

Loving Pair

It takes two special people,
To make a loving pair.
There’s a joy just being around you,
A feeling we love to share.

We send anniversary wishes to you,
For years of joy and pleasure.
May each year keep getting better,
With memories to treasure.

By Joanna and Karl Fuchs

Successful Marriage

Happy anniversary,
loving mum and dad.
For all your years together,
I’m so happy and glad.

The keys to a successful marriage,
I was able to observe.
This important celebration,
you both clearly deserve.

Holding hands tightly,
surpassed times that were hard.
Supported each other,
with every yard.

It’s a beautiful sight to observe,
the love that you both share.
Seen by your simple interactions,
and through your mutual stare.

I would like to wish you both,
countless, memorable years,
May they be spent,
in love and no tears.

This marriage you share,
I truly adore,
Shall love you both forever,
just like always before.

May you always be each other’s best friend,
May your mutual love continue to be so,
May your successful marriage continue to thrive,
May love flourish, prosper, bloom and grow.

By Jon Bratton

To My Parents-in-Law on their Anniversary

I received you as parents on the day I wed your son.
So I just want to thank you for all that you have done.
You gave to me a special man with whom I share my life.
You’re his loving parents and I’m his lucky wife.
Your faith, hope, and kindness are qualities that we treasure.
But most of all we appreciate the love you give without measure.
As grandparents, you both have that very special touch.
That’s why they love you both so very, very much.
You make them laugh, you make them giggle.
You make them dance, and sing, and wriggle!
They have so much fun and shout out loud
That you belong to them and they are very proud!

So we celebrate you both on your anniversary day.
And we all love you more than words can say …..

We send anniversary wishes to you,
For years of joy and pleasure.
May each year keep getting better,
With memories to treasure.

Joanna Fuchs

Funny Anniversary Poems

If you and your partner are more silly at heart than soppy at heart, picking an anniversary poem that's funny still delivers a sweet gesture when written in a card but without feeling overly heavy or serious. 

The selection we've picked out here provides options if you want to make your partner LOL on your anniversary or if you're looking for something comical to put in a card to a relative or friend. For example, I'll Be There For You and Marriage are hilarious poems for a husband on an anniversary, while the words by Paula Perro are perfect to write in an anniversary card to a friend.

We also adore the idea of writing the What's Mickey Without Minnie poem as anniversary verses for a wife who loves Disney. It's super sweet and guaranteed to put a big smile on their face. 

I’ll Be There For You 

I’ll be there my darling, through thick and through thin
When your mind’s in a mess and your head’s in a spin
When your plane’s been delayed, and you’ve missed the last train
When life is just threatening to drive you insane

When your thrilling whodunit has lost its last page
When somebody tells you, you’re looking your age
When your coffee’s too cool, and your wine is too warm
When the forecast said “Fine”, but you’re out in a storm

When your quick break hotel, turns into a slum
And your holiday photos show only your thumb

When you park for five minutes in a resident’s bay
And return to discover you’ve been towed away

When the jeans that you bought in hope or in haste
Just stick on your hips and don’t reach round your waist
When the food you most like brings you out in red rashes
When as soon as you boot up the bloody thing crashes

So my darling, my sweetheart, my dear…
When you break a rule, when you act the fool
When you’ve got the flu, when you’re in a stew
When you’re last in the queue, don’t feel blue
’cause I’m telling you, I’ll be there.

Louise Cuddon

I’ve always hated couples,
Always, that is, until,
I met the pair of you, you almost
Never make me ill.

Your first anniversary!
Let’s give a mighty cheer,
Because it’s quite unlikely
I’ll remember it next year.

You are a sweet and lovely pair,
It’s beautiful – the love you share.
Sorry if this poem’s sappy,
I’m just glad you’re both so happy.

Paula Perro


Marriage is about giving and taking
And forging and forsaking
Kissing and loving and pushing and shoving
Caring and sharing and screaming and swearing
About being together whatever the weather
About being driven to the end of your tether
About sweetness and kindness
And wisdom and blindness  

It’s about being strong when you’re feeling quite weak
It’s about saying nothing when you’re dying to speak
It’s about being wrong when you know you are right
It’s about giving in, before there’s a fight


 I Rely On You 

I rely on you
like a camera needs a shutter
like a gambler needs a flutter
like a golfer needs a putter
like a buttered scone involves some butter

I rely on you

like an acrobat needs ice-cool nerve
like a hairpin needs a drastic curve
like an HGV needs endless derv
like an outside left needs a body swerve

I rely on you

like a handyman needs pliers
like an auctioneer needs buyers
like a laundromat needs dryers
like The Good Life needed Richard Briers

I rely on you.

Hovis Presley

What’s Mickey Without Minnie?

What's Mickey without Minnie
Or Piglet without Pooh
What's Donald without Daisy? 
That's me without you.

When Ariel Doesn't sing
And Pooh hates honey
When Tigger stops bouncing
And Goofy isn't funny.

When Peter Pan can't fly
And Simba never roars
When Alice no longer fits through small doors.

When Dumbo's ears are small
And happily ever after isn't true,
Even then, I won't stop loving you.


If you’d prefer to include a love quote instead of a poem, make sure to read our favourite quotes about love from literature and hilarious quotes on love and marriage.