8th Wedding Anniversary
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From year one to year eight, your love has been nothing short of great! I have a few inspiring celebration and gift ideas to make your 8th anniversary remarkable.

Author: Justin AldridgePage Updated: 27 May 2024

Discover The 8th Year Wedding Anniversary

Wow, you’ve been an incredible power couple for eight fantastic years! Your love story is truly inspiring and sets the bar high. So, this big day is linked to salt as it represents the rock-solid bond you’ve built. Here are some flavour-packed gift ideas to spice up your 8th salt anniversary.

Traditional Gift

In the UK, giving salt is the traditional way to celebrate your 8th anniversary. Your relationship, like salt, is a key part of your life.

Salt has two main roles: it makes food tastier and keeps it fresh. In the same way, your love adds richness to your life and keeps your connection with each other stable, even when times get hard. The lasting nature of salt is a reminder of how your love, too, is meant to endure, becoming stronger with each and every year.

8th anniversary salt sea glass picture frame


A lovely handmade art displaying a salt and pepper shaker, with a funny love quote, all made with genuine sea glass. The sea glass and pebbles are collected by the artist from the beautiful Mediterranean beaches in Southern Spain.

The perfect frame for an 8th Anniversary gift.

Traditional Gemstone

Traditional gemstone for the 8th year anniversary is the tourmaline

The traditional gemstone for this special occasion is the tourmaline. This stone comes in a spectrum of colours, from pink to green, symbolising the diverse experiences you have shared as a couple over eight years. Its name even reflects this diversity, coming from the Sinhalese phrase “tura mali,” which means “stone of mixed colours.”

Just as tourmaline reveals new colours when looked at from different angles, an 8 year relationship unveils new aspects and depths over time. So, it’s the perfect symbol for this milestone, representing a colourful collection of shared memories and experiences.

Traditional Flower

Traditional flower for the 8th year anniversary is the beautiful Lilac

The traditional flower for the 8th year anniversary is the beautiful lilac. Lilacs have a sweet scent and clustered blooms, so they capture the essence of a marriage entering its 8th chapter. Just like secrets shared among lilac bushes, you’ve entrusted each other with dreams, vulnerabilities, and intimate truths.

In the language of flowers, lilacs symbolise the first emotions of love, which are as powerful now as that initial spark. Lilacs remind you how an enduring relationship retains its excitement, passion, and romance over the long haul.

Lilacs come in a range of colours, each with a unique meaning. White symbolises youthful innocence, violet signifies spirituality, and purple embodies enchantment. After 8 years, you’ve explored every shade of love’s bouquet.

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Modern Gift

For your eighth anniversary, the modern gifts are linen and lace. These two materials perfectly represent your shared memories. Your love is just like linen – strong when it needs to be but also soft and comforting. It’s the kind of love that gets you through the hard times and makes the good times even better.

Similarly, your bond is as intricate and carefully crafted as lace. It’s all those little things – the shared looks, the comforting words, the inside jokes – that make your relationship one-of-a-kind.

Your marriage works because it’s practical, like linen, but it’s also got those special touches, like lace. The small romantic gestures you share add that extra sparkle to your ever strengthening relationship.

The 8th anniversary is the perfect time to look back on everything you’ve built together. So, appreciate the sturdy fabric of your relationship and the delicate touches that add depth to your shared story.

How Long You´ve Been Married

8 years / 96 months / 418 weeks / 2,922 days / 70,128 hours / 4,207,680 (more or less)

Fun Fact

If you lived on Uranus, you would have been married for 0.1 years and if you lived on Mercury 32.22 years, get you head around those figures!

Gift Ideas for your Husband

So, what to get for the guy who’s been by your side through thick and thin? I have some salt-inspired surprises for your man.

  • Salt tasting kit – explore exotic flavours from around the globe together
  • Gourmet salted foods basket – with salted caramels, pretzels, and smoked salmon
  • Bronze tankard or pint glass – serve up his drinks with some vintage charm
  • Bronze bottle opener & corkscrew – upgrade his wine toolkit 
  • Engraved bronze plate – personalise with humour for a memorable gift
  • Funny t-shirt – with image or message
Cup cakes anniversary sea glasss frame


A wonderful framed unique design of a pair of cup cakes with a message that you can personalize, all made with genuine sea glass. The sea glass and is collected by the artist from the beautiful Mediterranean beaches in Southern Spain.

This makes for a lovely and unique anniversary or special occasion gift to give to your loved one.

Try this special wish:

My dearest husband,

Thank you for being my sounding board, my biggest cheerleader, my shoulder to cry on, and my best friend every day. We’ve shared so much laughter and joy together over the years. Even through life’s inevitable ups and downs, we’ve only emerged stronger, thanks to your wisdom, patience and loving heart.

I’m so grateful to have found my soulmate in you. I fall in love with you more and more each year. I can’t wait to make many more memories as we walk through the years hand-in-hand.

Happy 8th anniversary, my darling! Here’s to the first of many more to come.
Always and forever yours,XXX

Gift Ideas for your Wife

Want to surprise your darling with something special? Here are some sentimental 8th anniversary gift ideas she’ll treasure.

  • Linen-wrapped journal – great for her doodles and daily notes
  • Tourmaline earrings or necklace – complement her wardrobe with vibrant tones
  • Lilac perfume or essential oil – her go-to scent for feeling fresh
  • Salt spa treatment – relax and reconnect with a couple’s spa day
  • Sea salt scrubs and bath products – to pamper her with an at-home spa experience
  • Funny t-shirt – with a cute image or cheeky message
sea glass love birds


A wonderful handmade artwork displaying two birds in love and a heart shaped balloon, all handmade with sea glass and pebbles. The sea glass and pebbles are collected by the artists from the beautiful Mediterranean beaches in Southern Spain. Personalized for you.

The perfect frame for an Anniversary or wedding gift.

Try this special wish:

My darling, it’s hard to believe it’s already been 8 wonderful years since I married my best friend. Time flies when you’re with the person who makes every moment sweeter. Thank you for filling our days with so much love and laughter. I admire the caring, strong woman you are, and I feel beyond blessed to share this life with you.

Our relationship is my greatest treasure – it only grows more precious as the years pass. I can’t wait to celebrate many more anniversaries to come!
Happy 8th, my love.
Forever yours.XXX

Gift Ideas for the Couple

Need a winning gift for some lovebirds you know? Check out these thoughtful and fun ideas to celebrate their special bond.

  • Lilac bouquet or candles – fill their space with floral scents or romantic candlelight
  • Bronze framed wedding photo – to showcase their favourite memory
  • His & her bronze mugs or glasses – for daily toasts to their journey together
  • Salt lamp nightlights or candles – create a cosy ambience in their home
  • Personalised salt and pepper shakers – spice up their table with a custom touch
  • Trip to UK salt mines or flats – for an adventurous getaway exploring natural wonders

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Fun Fact

As of 24 April 2012, a total of 79 wedding ceremonies have been celebrated on the British TV soap opera Coronation Street. The first wedding took place on 8 March 1961 when Joan Walker (June Barry) married Gordon Davies (Calvin Malone). There are no less than 15 additional weddings not counted in the above figure because of the many mishaps, deaths, no-shows and annulments that have plagued the Weatherfield street.
Guinness World Records

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Fun ways to Celebrate

Fun way to celebrate your 8th year anniversary

At home idea:

For your 8th anniversary, create a French café ambience at home. Dim the kitchen lights, play soft French music, and enjoy cooking a French meal together.

Next, set your table to match the mood. Use your best linens, those rarely used bronze candlesticks, and your favourite lace napkins.

As you sit down to eat, savour the rich cheeses, indulge in the sweetness of chocolate-dipped strawberries, and toast with bubbly champagne. After dinner, continue the charm with a slow kitchen dance, reliving your wedding night.

On a budget idea:

You don’t need to break the bank to have a memorable celebration. How about a cosy movie night? Just you two, a bowl of popcorn, some favourite snacks, and a comfy quilt to snuggle under. Put on your wedding video and take a stroll down memory lane, reliving every precious moment from your special day now 8 short years ago.

An adventurous idea:

Romantic and adventurous hot air balloon ride

Eight years of marriage deserves a celebration that’s equally memorable. So, why not take to the skies? Spend an afternoon on a hot air balloon ride, where you’ll be high above beautiful landscapes, toasting with champagne. It’s an adventure that reflects the exciting journey you’ve been on together.

A luxury idea:

Here’s a luxury idea you’ll love: glamping. It’s a great way to become at one with nature without giving up comfort. Pick a scenic spot with a yurt or a bell tent that’s all set up with comfy linens and cosy furniture. As the day winds down, you can crack open a bottle of champagne next to your fire pit before heading off to snuggle up in your king-sized bed under the stars. Listen to the birds chirp as the sun radiates through your tent when you wake up early the next morning.

Fun Fact

Gretna Green, a small village in Scotland, is renowned for its history as a destination for runaway weddings. Over the centuries, countless couples have eloped to Gretna Green to tie the knot without the consent of their families or the legal requirements of their home countries.

Common Questions about the 8th Wedding Anniversary

Q: What is the 8th wedding anniversary called?

A: The 8th wedding anniversary is called the bronze anniversary in the US and the salt anniversary in the UK.

Q: What is the 8th wedding anniversary gemstone?

A: The 8th wedding anniversary gemstone is tourmaline. It exhibits multiple colours in a single crystal.

Q: What is the 8th wedding anniversary symbol?

A: The 8th wedding anniversary is symbolised by salt in the UK.

Q: What is the 8th wedding anniversary colour?

A: The 8th wedding anniversary doesn’t have a distinct colour tied to it. However, it’s often associated with lilac or bronze.

Q: What are the traditional and modern gifts for a 8th wedding anniversary?

A: The traditional gift for the 8th wedding anniversary is salt, 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. Its various colours represent love, passion, happiness, and tranquillity.

Did You Know?

The symmetrical shape of the number 8 is often associated with balance, harmony, and stability.

The shape of the number 8 resembles the mathematical symbol for infinity (∞), which represents something that is endless or boundless.

In our solar system, there are 8 planets: Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune.

Salt has been used by humans for thousands of years. It was once so valuable that it was used as currency in some cultures.

Traditional and Modern Gifts Around The World

Traditional Gift – UKSalt
Traditional Gift – USBronze
Traditional Gift – AustraliaBronze
Traditional Gift – CanadaBronze
Traditional Gift – SpainBronze
Traditional Gift – GermanyTin
Traditional Gift – FrancePoppy
Traditional Gift – ItalyBronze
Flower GiftLilac
Gemstone GiftTourmaline
Modern GiftLinen and Lace

Around the World

Wedding anniversary traditions around the world are wonderfully diverse, each offering unique ways to honor lasting love.

  • China: In this ancient culture, the 8th wedding anniversary holds special significance. In China, it’s believed that the number eight brings good fortune and prosperity.
  • Philippines: Here, the 8th wedding anniversary is traditionally celebrated with a cloth as it symbolises the unity and togetherness shared between the couple.
  • India: The 8th year of marriage in India is associated with bronze. This strong metal represents the couple’s strength and endurance over the years.

I hope you have found helpful inspiration so you can enjoy this 8th year anniversary, for more details about the 8th bronze US anniversary check here.

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About The Author

Hi! I’m Justin and I’m the typical sort of person that tends to leave things at little too late…especially when it comes to celebrating my anniversary. I started this website to help couples plan and celebrate their special occasions together. I don’t profess to know it all…but you can at least learn from my mitakes 😉 Read more about me here…

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