8th Wedding Anniversary
The 8th wedding anniversary is traditionally celebrated with gifts of bronze or pottery. Bronze is said to symbolize strength and durability in a relationship, while pottery represents creativity and the ability to shape one's own life. Couples often celebrate by exchanging gifts or taking a trip together. Some traditional ideas include renewing wedding vows or hosting a dinner party with close friends and family. The focus is on celebrating the love, commitment, and growth in the first eight years of marriage.
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Traditional Gift: Bronze/ Pottery/ Salt
Bronze, an amalgam of tin and copper, represents a strong marriage formed by the joining of two individuals as a couple. It emphasises love and a high priority on spending time together.
Pottery is formed from clay, and so represents the moulding of the marriage relationship into something beautiful.
There are plenty of ornate objects, some with practical usage, which could be gifted. These include bronze pots, frames and bracelets, pottery vases and ornaments. Many of these items are handmade by skilled craftsmen, and hence speak of commitment and dedication when given as a gift.
Modern Gift: Linens/ Lace
A contemporary eighth anniversary gift is linen (also a gift for year 4) or lace. Both practical and highly fancy gifts could be given made from intricate woven fabrics.
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Associated Gemstone: Tourmaline
The eighth anniversary gemstone is tourmaline, a colorful and very popular mineral.
It comes in a wide variety of colors including pinks, blues and greens, as well as some very interesting effects such as the watermelon tourmaline (green and pink) and dichroism.
Green tourmaline is one of the gemstones listed for anniversary year ten.
Associated Flower: Clematis/ Lilac
The clematis is a stunningly beautiful family of flowers, with varieties available that bloom for extended periods of time from spring to autumn. It comes in a range of colors including blue, pink, purple, red, white, and bi-color.
Clematis is probably best gifted as a living plant which can be planted in a prominent place in the garden, where it is free to climb and flower each year. Clematis pairs well with climbing roses.
Lilacs are beautiful, fragrant flowers available in a range of colors — not just lilac in fact — including white, violet, blue and magenta.
White lilacs symbolise purity and innocence; violet lilacs symbolise spirituality; blue lilacs symbolise happiness and tranquility; magenta lilac symbolise love and passion; the lilac color itself symbolises first love.
Other themed gifts can include lilac candles.