Celtic Wedding Tips
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- Tips to Plan an Irish Wedding.
in Ireland are an important time for renewal and continuity for the
bride and groom. The couple often takes this time to connect with
their roots in an effort to find a sense of tradition and identity
to bring to their new family.
- Select a date for the wedding. The last day of
the year is considered an especially lucky time for an Irish
- Choose Claddagh
Rings for your wedding bands. These traditional Irish rings,
when worn on the ring finger of the left hand with the heart
facing in, tell the world your heart is taken forever. You
can also opt for a traditional Celtic Knotwork Wedding Ring.
- Hire a piper to play at your ceremony.
- Ask a child to present a satin horseshoe to the
bride at the conclusion of the ceremony. This represents good
luck. Insert the horseshoe open end up (so the luck won't run
out) into the bridal bouquet. Save the horseshoe from the
wedding as a family heirloom to pass on to your children.
- Honor the person who introduced you to each
other with a special toast at the wedding. This tradition stems
from the days when a matchmaker had that role.
- Serve a traditional Irish wedding cake, which
is a fruit cake filled with almonds, raisins, cherries and
spice, and laced with brandy or bourbon.
- Sign up for ceilidh (dance) lessons for the
bride and bridal party prior to the wedding to learn some Irish
dances to perform at the ceremony.
- Hire a band that can play popular Irish songs,
such as "The Irish Wedding Song," "Oh Danny
Boy," "When Irish Eyes Are Smiling," and "An
Old Irish Blessing."
- Include a song or dance that reflects your
family's specific heritage.
- Tie harvest knots out of straw and decorate
them with small flowers or bells to give to guests as favors.
Attach a scroll explaining the significance, which is that young
Irish men traditionally gave these to their girls to show their
|Just a little bit of Irish Tradition: