Traditional, Modern and Symbolic Anniversary Gifts
Below is a list of both traditional and modern gift materials, as well as classic flower and gemstone symbols, which mark a couple’s 8th wedding anniversary in countries around the world…
|Traditional Gift – UK||Bronze|
|Traditional Gift – US||Bronze|
|Traditional Gift – Spain||Bronze|
|Traditional Gift – Germany||Tin|
|Traditional Gift – Russia||Tin Plate|
|Traditional Gift – France||Poppy|
|Traditional Gift – Italy||Bronze|
|Modern Gift||Linen and Lace|
8th Year Wedding Anniversary Meaning
Celebrating an 8th wedding anniversary is another opportunity to commemorate your wedding vows in style. Finding the right gift that shows your partner how much you still love them is just as important now as it was eight years ago.
As always, enjoying the celebration in ways that bring romantic pleasure to you both is paramount.
Gifts for wedding anniversaries tend to increase in substance and value over time – as the marriage itself grows and becomes stronger from one year to the next.
The traditional 8th wedding anniversary symbol is bronze, while the modern equivalent is linen or lace. Bronze is stronger than both iron and copper – two symbols of earlier anniversary years of marriage – as it is a blend of two metals (copper and tin).
How to Celebrate an 8th Wedding Anniversary
The potent mix of copper and tin, to create bronze, represents the union of two lives and the strength resulting from combining your time together with perseverance.
There is a great choice of distinctive bronze gift options. Perhaps you will be able to find some beautifully crafted jewellery made from recycled bronze – or a hammered bronze drink cooler.
As for the other symbolic gifts, instead of buying a piece of lace or linen, why not arrange a visit to Nottingham or France – both famous over many centuries for their exquisite lace making. Or maybe plan a trip to Egypt or Greece, traditional makers of linen since the first millennium B.C. Now that would be a memorable celebration.
Life without love is like a tree without blossoms or fruit.” Quoted by Kahlil Gibran
8th Wedding Anniversary Gifts for Him, Her… and the Couple
You might not always share the same dreams, ambitions and hopes for the future. However, the beauty of your marriage is that you both live to make each other’s dreams come true.
Lilac is the flower that is especially associated with 8th wedding anniversary celebrations, symbolising the emotions of young love, beauty, pride, humility, confidence and youthfulness. Clematis, which make wonderful companion plants for lilacs, signify mental beauty.
The gemstones associated with your 8th wedding anniversary are tanzanite and multi-coloured tourmaline, both of which have powerful healing and psychic properties.
Common Questions About the 8th Wedding Anniversary
Q: What is the 8th wedding anniversary called?
A: The 8th wedding anniversary is known as the Bronze Anniversary.
Q: What is the 8th wedding anniversary gemstone?
A: The 8th wedding anniversary gemstone is tourmaline, which comes in a wide variety of exciting colours.
Q: What is the 8th wedding anniversary symbol?
A: The 8th wedding anniversary is symbolised by bronze.
Q: What is the 8th wedding anniversary colour?
A: There is no specific colour synonymous with the 8th wedding anniversary; however, lilac (the flower colour) is typically associated with this anniversary.
Q: What are the traditional and modern gifts for a 8th wedding anniversary?
A: The traditional gift for the 8th wedding anniversary is bronze, and the modern gift is linen and lace.
Q: What is the 8th year anniversary flower?
A: The classic flower for 8th wedding anniversary celebrations is the lilac. Depending on the colour, they represent love and passion, happiness and tranquility.
8th Wedding Anniversary Gift Ideas for Him
What can I buy my husband for our 8th wedding anniversary?
More gift suggestions for your 8th wedding anniversary are featured below.
8th Wedding Anniversary Gift Ideas for Her
What should I buy my wife on our 8th wedding anniversary?
Classic gifts for your wife to celebrate your 8th wedding anniversary are bronze and pottery. Or, for a more contemporary touch, you could opt for linen or lace.
We hope you find all these gift suggestions to your liking. If you need to look further, we have many more ideas on our other anniversary pages.
8th Wedding Anniversary Gifts for Him & Her
Travel & Experience Gifts
- Location visit
- Travel gift vouchers
- Romantic candlelit dinner
- Luxury afternoon tea for two
- Track day for two (learn to drive performance cars together)
- Luxury spa day for two
- Hot air balloon ride
The traditional 8th wedding anniversary gemstones are tanzanite and tourmaline.
- Tie Pin
Something Different & Unique
- Buy a striking bronze figure for the garden.
- Plant clematis among the lilacs in your garden.
- Enjoy a holiday in the sun while obtaining an enviable bronze tan.
- Plan a celebration party at home or in a local pub, bar or restaurant.
However you decide to celebrate your 8th wedding anniversary, make sure you set aside some quiet time together to recall the most cherished moments of the last eight years – and to look forward to further consolidating the love and romance in your lives.
A Brief History of Nottingham’s Lace Market
The Lace Market in Nottingham is believed to be the city’s oldest area. Its history dates to troglodyte settlers who hollowed out cave dwellings in the sandstone cliff rock.
- Nottingham was a key centre for the hosiery industry during the 18th century, but the invention of mechanised frames – and the introduction of men’s trousers rather than stocking hose – decimated the trade, and many workers bagan making lace.
- Eventually, the town’s narrow confines forced businessmen to move out and set up their factories in surrounding districts.
- With the manufacturing side of the industry leaving the Lace Market, the area developed its commercial side. Lace industry products were brought in from outlying factories to be “finished” then displayed downstairs in showrooms for buyers from around the world.
- Nottingham Lace became a byword for machine-made lace, and an especially important industry was the lace curtain trade.
- Lace merchants became hugely prosperous and began to build grander warehouses and showrooms.
- Designed by leading Nottingham architect T.C. Hine for Thomas Adams and James Pages, the most imposing was opened in 1855 and included several first-time features in the town: workers’ facilities such as a library, school-room, tea-room and chapel – with a resident chaplain conducting a daily service before the morning work shift.
- With the market (and fashion) for lace declining in the 20th century, the Lace Market buildings fell into disrepair, before a group of businesspeople established city centre accommodation, as well as clubs, restaurants and other facilities to help revitalise the area.
- Today in the 21st century, the Lace Market’s Creative Quarter has been developed to attract and support digital businesses “to start-up, to spin-out, to grow and to thrive”.