Nature is very important in Celtic weddings. They have faith that the soul lives inside and outside a person. The soul can be discerned in the sun, the waters, the rocks, the trees. People and the world are entwined and knotted to the earth’s spirit.
Celtic weddings are significant and meaningful. Their conviction regarding marriage is something momentous, they don’t take marriage lightly – marriage is believed to be a coming together of two souls, two minds and two hearts. Couples can take Celtic beliefs, traditions and symbols and feature them in their wedding ceremonies.
If you’re thinking of a Celtic wedding, find a venue near a lake or a river – they believed the Celtic gods favor marriages near a water source. After the ceremony, the guests are given small pebbles and cast them into the water while making a wish for the happiness of the newlyweds.
Most modern wedding traditions are actually Celtic in nature. A bride must wear something old to signify connection to family, something new for fortune, something borrowed to represent friendship, something blue for luck, and a penny in her shoe, of course to have a financially well off union.
But the Celtic wedding attire is really unique on its own. Colored bridal gowns and plaid kilts for men. The bridal entourage can even wear plaid. If you want a traditional Celtic wedding, pair the plaids in soft hues of greens and other pastels. If you’re getting married in winter, go for deep burgundy and navy blues and dark greens – these colors are great for a plaid-themed attire.
Make sure your bouquet comes with a spray of shamrock to make it truly Celtic. Look for wild flowers found in the area, bells of Ireland, heather and hydrangea are perfect choices for a Celtic wedding bouquet.
The Celtic wedding cake is an arrangement of light and dark layers. The topmost tier is normally made of heavy plum or fruitcake iced with marzipan or white icing. Couples usually keep the top layer of their wedding cake and serve it on their first anniversary or during their first born’s christening.
The best part of a Celtic wedding is the blessing that the priest pronounces after the ceremony – it’s a wonderful prayer that anyone can share with someone special…
May the road rise to meet you
May the wind be always at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face;
The rain fall soft upon your fields.
And, until we meet again,
May God hold you in the palm of his hand.