Gift giving is an essential part of attending a wedding, and giving gifts with cultural significance will surely impress the married couple. If you are attending a wedding of Welsh friends, you will have many gifts to choose from, since Wales is a land steeped in tradition and culture. From wooden spoons to Celtic jewellery, your traditional Welsh gifts will surely be appreciated.
The carving and giving of love spoons by young men to their desired women is a tradition in Wales that is hundreds of years old. A young man would spend many hours carving a wooden spoon in hopes that the woman would accept it. Symbols of love, such as chains (to be together forever) crosses (to be bound together in Christ) and hearts (love) are painstakingly carved on the spoon. You may personalise this gift to the couple by engraving their names and wedding date on the spoon. Many craft stores that sell love spoons may offer free engraving.
The horseshoe is a traditional Celtic symbol of good luck. Among the many beliefs about the horseshoe is that its crescent U-shape represents prosperity, and the iron it is made of means good luck. For the bride, you may incorporate the horseshoe symbol in items like charms or pendants for bracelets and necklaces. For the groom, you can give business card holders and custom money clips in the shape of a horseshoe.
There are many mountainous areas around Wales, and the quarrying of slate has always been a way of life. Black slate from Blaenau Ffestiniog is commonly used to make beautiful items, such as felt-coated coasters and round clocks. These slates are handcrafted using traditional Welsh methods and can be engraved with Welsh symbols, such as national emblems and intricate Celtic designs.
Any couple can certainly make use of homeware, especially if they are just starting out. A mini coffee set, placemats with matching coasters, mugs and flasks with traditional Welsh symbols, such as the Daffodil, will be a nice addition to any home. You can also buy vintage kitchenware with containers for sugar, cream and coffee labelled in Welsh.
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