A Celtic wedding ceremony for today's couples descended from the Seven Nations spans the globe.
The nuptial experience can be vivid with traditions that are still meaningful today.
Those sharing the heritage and culturally aligned with: Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Cornwall, Brittany, Isle of Man, and Spain, find these rituals dating back centuries fun, lively, joyous and inclusive for family, loved ones and guests.
Discuss custom options, flow and placement with your Officiate.
Incorporating an Irish blessing and a sprinkling of rose petals when one or both of the partners is Irish is expected.
The reason being that the Irish often use blessings in every day speech. Being delightfully famous for this, it adds an immediate personalization and closeness into the nuptial experience.
"Your taking time to really listen to us about what we hoped to accomplish for our nuptials was great. And then as we shared with you, you came up with ideas for rituals you could write just for us. The final result was a WOW experience for all our family and guests. Thank you for everything!" Katie and Dylan, Clifton, NJ
Stirring the soul is one purpose of music. And music plays an important role in Irish and Scottish nuptials.
I have had many a couple's processional and recessional led by bagpipers in kilts
- as many as six pipers. The effect is quite dramatic! And it most
certainly stirs the souls of all gathered and participating. It helps
make the nuptials an unforgettable experience.
Today's couples can incorporate the music through a ceilidh band during the rituals and at the reception. There's usually a core of four musicians on: accordion, flute, keyboard, drums. There can be as many as eight in the group such as, fiddle, cymbal, triangle, vocals, live scratch DJ; acoustic, bass and electric guitars.
The tradition of horseshoes for luck supposedly got started because horseshoes have always been associated with luck. This was due to the level of importance livestock, especially horses, held for the Celts.
Today's bride might wear a horseshoe charm. The couple may have horseshoe charms applied throughout the decor as in this photo.
Another symbol of luck is lace. Hand tatting is an ancient art. Some couples inherit vintage handmade lace on a hankie tucked into a jacket pocket, or edging a veil. Today lace is manufactured commercially, easier to find, affordable, and popular with many couples.
An Irish bride tucks a sprig of shamrock into her bouquet. A branch of white heather appears in the bouquet of a Scottish bride. All brides can enjoy lavender flower spikes as an ancient symbol of love, devotion and a lifelong union.
Connection to the Earth is significant to the Celtic wedding ceremony. Barefoot brides and grooms symbolize their close and abiding connection to the natural world.
Some choose to draw a circle around themselves as a sign of unity between the two of them and their creator. Of course, the spiritual element can be eliminated to accommodate the couple's preferences.
Using a tartan, cord, ribbon, or cloth, the Officiate binds the hands of the couple together as in this photo.
Of course, we can include children in this unity ritual. As your Officiate, I custom write the ritual, and guide you through it.
Quaich is a two-handled cup symbolic of sharing between the two partners. Often the quaich is a family heirloom. The quaich also symbolizes uniting the two families. This lovely tradition is easily included in the custom written nuptials. Some couples ask their parents to stand by them during the ritual.
Before the rehearsal do invite one or more family members to participate in your rituals.
Their participation is a great honor for them and a gift to you, the bridal couple. As your Officiate, I'll go over their roles and make everyone feel calm and comfortable.
At the rehearsal, the Officiate goes over the sequence of steps and movements with the couple and all who will assist or participate in the Celtic wedding ceremony. As your Officiate, I make everyone feel calm and comfortable.
As your Officiate, I announce the rituals to all gathered with a brief explanation and guide the ritual including the custom written verbal exchange between the couple.
We continue the Celtic wedding ceremony experience to its conclusion.