Bronze is traditional for 8 year anniversary gifts in the US. In Europe the traditional 8th wedding anniversary gift is salt!
Traditional 8th Wedding Anniversary Gifts for Him
Traditional 8th Anniversary Gifts for Her
Traditional 8 Year Anniversary Gifts Symbolism
Bronze is symbolic because it is an alloy made of copper. Copper is the traditional 7th wedding anniversary gift. But unlike copper, which is soft, bronze is a hard, durable metal. Symbolically, as your marriage endures, it strengthens through the years.
Salt is historically one of the most valued minerals in the world. It’s so valued for its ability to preserve food, nourish, and enhance flavor. In Roman times it was used as wages. The word “salary” is derived from “salt”. In some countries, like India, salt is considered a symbol of good luck.
When I think of bronze, I envision statues or art figures. These would certainly make an exceptional gift. But, the gift doesn’t necessarily have to be made of bronze.
According to Emily Post’s Etiquette, traditional anniversary gifts should be inspired by the traditional material. Gifts need not actually be made of it. This especially holds true for the gold and diamond anniversary!
Here’s an example of how a tradition inspires a modern-day gift. The traditional European 8th wedding anniversary gift is salt. The gift could be anything from a saltshaker to a trip to Italy to visit the ancient Via Salaria (salt road). Or for a trip in the Western hemisphere, you might choose to visit the underground “Salt Cathedral” of Zipaquir, Colombia.
For bronze, the color can be your inspiration for all sorts of gifts: household items or fashion jewelry.
For modern 8 year anniversary gifts, linens and lace are popular gifts. Linen is the traditional 4th wedding anniversary gift. You’ll find a selection of gifts by visiting the link. And, lace is the traditional 13th wedding anniversary gift. You’ll find selections of these gifts on the respective pages.