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Gift suggestion for a Celtic medieval wedding?

 11:09 pm on Jul 21, 2004 (gmt 0)

Just got an invitation for a wedding from my niece. They decided to do it the medieval way, Celtic to top it all.

Those people are quite young (he is 19, she is 21), still live respectively at their parent's place ; ie, they just own clothes and shoes.

What on earth are we supposed to bring as a wedding present to a Celtic medieval wedding?Should I give them a regular food processor, a stone mortar and pestle, a family of boars or a gold coin?

I feel grotesque.



 11:13 pm on Jul 21, 2004 (gmt 0)

A gold coin was the first thing I thought of, I can see that you did also. How about a bunch of silver coins also?

Although, you know that the fact that it is a Celtic wedding does not mean that they will say no to cash.....

Cash is usually good.

<edit> Then again, I am a guy that gives gift certificates to department stores on birthdays and christmas. So don't go by me!</edit>


 11:19 pm on Jul 21, 2004 (gmt 0)


I think I will just drop some cash in a Celtic medieval card to save me some rare neurons left.

Thanks loanuniverse.


 11:26 pm on Jul 21, 2004 (gmt 0)

Then again, a stone mortar and pestle full of gold and silver coins would be cool... and still "cash" technically.

I had a medieval wedding myself, and I'd wholeheartedly vote for the medieval kitchenware and coins. :)


 11:29 pm on Jul 21, 2004 (gmt 0)

>>I had a medieval wedding myself

Still have the wedding dress?

>>a stone mortar and pestle full of gold and silver coins would be cool...

Ho, that would be a very small mortar...


 12:37 am on Jul 22, 2004 (gmt 0)

Silver eagle coins go for about US$10 each, you really don't want to give them a bunch of gold coins because that would get expensive :)


 12:49 am on Jul 22, 2004 (gmt 0)

I vote for a flock of sheep? Maybe a bush for the garden as well, say mint? Good eating :)

..... Shane


 12:50 am on Jul 22, 2004 (gmt 0)

Yes, I still have the dress. It's a little snug though. ;-)

They do make very small mortar and pestle sets, although the flock of sheep is a unique option!


 2:15 am on Jul 22, 2004 (gmt 0)

Even in today's world of food processors, etc. I still use a mortar and pestle. There are some things that just NEED "the old ways".

Fill the bugger with "coin of the realm" (y'know, a nice collectible goldie would be a fun thing - but you HAVE to give a HINT!) - they'd have the relevance AND the money so they can buy a few towels or whatever....


 11:47 am on Jul 22, 2004 (gmt 0)

Matching kilts ...
Find their tartans via g ...but only if they are actually clan descendants ...
Swords ...?
try googling celtic gifts ...

which part of Celtia ..?


 1:19 pm on Jul 22, 2004 (gmt 0)

>>flock of sheep

I dont know if this will help them in finding their first appartment...

>>I still use a mortar and pestle.

So I do. Mainly for spice blends or some purées and pastes. I could not make a decent tapenade without it. Mine is made of granite and has a very large bowl and pestle. Small ones are barely usable.

I will try to find some decent Celtic jewelry as filler. But these guys will defenitly need some furniture, so I think cash is the best for them.

>>which part of Celtia ..?

Since both of them are died in the wool Québécois, I will go for Armorica.


 1:41 pm on Jul 22, 2004 (gmt 0)

died in the wool

Not surprised in this heat. Best avoid the sheep, then.

I would humbly suggest a Celtic Sword. Perfect for protecting one's chattels against attack from the Saxons of Westmount, or the Vikings from Longueuil (because of the haircut, you see...).


 2:00 pm on Jul 22, 2004 (gmt 0)


La coupe Longueuil [humourtop.com]... Vikings!

Ya made me shoot coffee through the nose!


 2:25 pm on Jul 22, 2004 (gmt 0)

How about some nice chainmail undies for the honeymoon?


 2:38 pm on Jul 22, 2004 (gmt 0)

You shop in pretty weird places rogerd... :)

I would gladly craft them a Celtic stained glass panel, but I have no time for this.


 4:10 pm on Jul 22, 2004 (gmt 0)

Ya made me shoot coffee through the nose!

Now that made me laugh :)

Sorry Macguru, just the image WAS funny.

Hope you get to laugh alot.

..... Shane

Please Be Gentle

 8:16 pm on Jul 22, 2004 (gmt 0)

Hi MacGuru
With regard to furniture, oak would be seen as a traditional Celtic wood and was thought to wield magical powers. If all else fails, cash (in a pretty box with a celtic insignia ) never fails to impress.
Hope that helps
Kind Regards


 8:38 pm on Jul 22, 2004 (gmt 0)


I shopped around for Celic furniture. I certainly can't afford a bed, and believe a craddle would be a bit pushy for a wedding gift nowadays.

I think I will go there dressed as a druid with a Celtic mortar and pestle, and a little cash for them to pick some Ikea furniture. :)

Please Be Gentle

 8:52 pm on Jul 22, 2004 (gmt 0)

That's ok MacGuru. If you just want something symbolic get them a cushion cover with a celtic motif for their furniture or a cd with Celtic music. Alternatively, wrap up some lavender with their vouchers. When are they getting married? I hope we see some photos of you in a druid's outfit.
Kind Regards


 9:44 pm on Jul 22, 2004 (gmt 0)

Thanks for the lavender tip PBG, I actually grow some in the garden.

The wedding date is kind of weird. It will happend on a Thursday night on Aug 29. I guess it has something to do with the phase of the moon and hope there will be no human sacrifice. :)

>>see some photos of you in a druid's outfit

Forgetaboutit! :)

Please Be Gentle

 10:01 pm on Jul 22, 2004 (gmt 0)

I don't know about the moon, but August is one of the 4 celtic festivals. As for the photos, come on, you know you won't be able to resist. Will the fair Rocinante be accompanying you, or have you not introduced her to the family yet?
Take care


 10:30 pm on Jul 22, 2004 (gmt 0)

>>you know you won't be able to resist.

If I where you, I would not bet too much on this.

>>Will the fair Rocinante be accompanying you, or have you not introduced her to the family yet?

Nah, Rocinante will stay in the garage that perticuliar night, whathever the phase of moon. I think she is too jalous to carry my GF, her two teen girls, me disguised as a druid, gifts and luggage 400 Km away in two hours, without some kind of protest.

As you can imagine, Rocinante was introduced to the family before I started to assemble 'her'. :)

Please Be Gentle

 10:33 pm on Jul 22, 2004 (gmt 0)

So Rocinante's getting jealous?


 10:39 pm on Jul 22, 2004 (gmt 0)

You charge for sticky mail consulting?

Please Be Gentle

 10:40 pm on Jul 22, 2004 (gmt 0)



 10:52 pm on Jul 22, 2004 (gmt 0)

Well, I feel like I have to admit Rocinante feels inferior not beeing able to carry a metric ton of load 400 Km away at 200 Km/h, especially if I am disguised in a white robe...

But, really, she got no reason to feel inferior, my minivan cant do that either! But still, she pouts when I try to explain...

How can I explain this to Rocinante?

Please Be Gentle

 11:03 pm on Jul 22, 2004 (gmt 0)

Ah, Macguru, Hell hath no fury like a bicycle scorned. Tenuously linked to the whole Celtic theme, a fairly famous Irish wroter immortalized a bicycle philosopher, whose ideas are noteworthy to say the least. The bicycle Philosopher espoused the Atomic Theory (please edit if I am not allowed to quote this much as I haven't a clue what is acceptable for quotes):“Everything is composed of small particles of itself and they are flying around in concentric circles and arcs and segments and innumerable other geometrical figures too numerous to mention collectively, never standing still or resting but spinning away and darting hither and thither and back again, all the time on the go. These diminutive gentlemen are called atoms… Do you happen to know what takes place when you strike a bar of iron with a good coal hammer or with a blunt instrument?… When the wallop falls, the atoms are bashed away down to the bottom of the bar and compressed and crowded there like eggs under a good clucker. After a while in the course of time they swim around and get back at last to where they were. But, if you keep hitting the bar long enough and hard enough they do not get a chance to do this and what happens then?…”
“Ask any blacksmith for the true answer and he will tell you that the bar will dissipate itself away by degrees if you persevere with the hard wallops. Some atoms of the bar will go into the hammer and the other half into the table or the stone or the particular article that is underneath the bottom of the bar.”
“The gross and net result of it is that people who spent most of their natural lives riding iron bicycles over the rocky roadsteads of this parish get their personalities mixed up with the personalities of their bicycles as a result of the interchange of the atoms of each of them and you would be surprised at the number of people in these parts who are half people and half bicycles.”
So, who where does Rocinante end, and where do you begin?
Kind Regards


 12:32 am on Jul 23, 2004 (gmt 0)

Take their wedding invitation and get it framed ... have the frame shop do a celtic theme - e.g., nifty carved wood frame, perhaps a tartan mat backing ... make sure it works with the style of the invitation ... they'll treasure it.

A friend of mine got married at an old Druid standing stone site in Scotland two years ago and that's what I did for a gift for her wedding ... it was a total hit.


 9:41 am on Jul 23, 2004 (gmt 0)

Let me know if you want genuine Armorican artifact ..( 'swhere I live )...

Please be gentle ...Nice peice ...but as an Irishman I feel compelled ..nay charged to ask ..
What's a "wroter"..? ....T'would be after be'in a sort o' Bard would 't?...

Better put than even Steven the falconer...

Depending on where one's druids come from ..their outfits can be somewhat chilly around the magical implements and charms ...

Which is I presume what mac was referring to ..plus ..not in front a newly hatched bycycle ...


 2:57 pm on Jul 23, 2004 (gmt 0)

>>So, who where does Rocinante end, and where do you begin?

I slept over this one PBG, and when I shaved this morning, I wondered if I was growing spokes.

>>Take their wedding invitation and get it framed

It's a very good idea, since the invitation uses Celtic styled fonts and golden knotted "frame". It really sets the pace.

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