One of the most romantic celebrations, Celtic weddings are always brimming with love, nature and a deep sense of calmness and serenity. So, if you’re planning on having this type of celebration, scroll down to familiarize yourself with some of the most romantic wedding traditions that you should absolutely adopt on your own special day.
Outdoors wedding venue
It is extremely, extremely rare to find a Celtic wedding held in a stuffy indoors area. On the contrary, Celtic weddings are reputed for the sort of scenic sceneries that provide a deeply romantic backdrop for the ceremony. Couples should therefore take the extra time to look for the most striking outdoors venue that they can book.
However, if you want a church wedding, it’s not a bad idea to select a church or chapel in the countryside. This way, you’ll be able to have your church wedding while making the most out of nature’s gorgeous offerings.
Celtic Wedding Dress
Unlike contemporary ball gowns or Princess-like frocks, Celtic wedding dresses have a classic look to them. Indeed, brides will very rarely find a Celt-like frock that looks modern. Indeed, these dresses are often rooted in tradition, which may explain why they all look so ultra-glamorous. Admittedly, though, original Celtic dresses might be quite hard to find these days so don’t be afraid to customize. For example, when shopping for your wedding dress, be sure to look out for old-fashioned trumpet sleeves, floaty cuts and gathered bodices. Brides should also select soft and non-shimmery materials like lace, silk, organza and gauze.
Ceremonies and Rings
Celt couples usually indulge in two exquisitely sentimental traditions during their weddings. Some brides and grooms, for example, chose to go for the ancient Handfasting ceremony. This basically entails the couple holding hands while the priest binds their wrists together with a ribbon or chain. Symbolically, a handfasting ceremony concludes the wedding and joins two spirits as one.
Another very popular tradition in Celtic weddings is the Unity Candle ceremony. Not unlike the handfasting tradition, the lighting of the unity candle happens at the very end of the wedding, after the vows. In some families, the bride and the groom each takes a candles and lights another bigger one together to symbolize their union. In other families, however, the couple’s parents stand behind their children and hold their arms while they’re lighting the unity candle to represent the joining of two families.
And then of course, there’s the typical Celtic knot ring. This is a highly romantic and sentimental piece of jewelry that has been especially crafted to represent an everlasting knot. While these rings are usually crafted for women, more and more jewelers are designing masculine-looking Celtic knot rings for men.
If you’re having a destination wedding or if you’re getting married in a hotel, there’s a huge chance that your guests might stay over. Whilst this is certainly a case of ‘the more the merrier’, couples should make a few arrangements to ensure the well-being of their guests for overnight wedding receptions. In all fairness, they did make quite a trip to share this special day with you, so, it’s your duty as the newly-weds to ensure their comfort. Overnight wedding receptions can be draining, so before you retire, be sure that your guests have everything they need.
For example, if you’re having a farmhouse wedding, the very first thing that you should do is make sure that every guest or couple has their own individual rooms. Everyone will be tired after all the drinking and partying and the last thing that they’ll want is share a cramped room with Great Uncle Alfie and his incessant snoring! If the farmhouse, inn or lodge of your choice doesn’t have enough rooms available, try to cut back on the guest list until you manage to get everyone a room. Of course, it wouldn’t hurt to pre-book the rooms at least three months in advance to guarantee that your guests will each have a comfortable place to stay.
Of course, comfort is the order of the day when it comes to catering to overnight wedding receptions. A few personal touches can go a long way, so, don’t hesitate to take some extra steps to make friends and relatives feel ultra-welcome. For example, if you’re throwing your reception in a hotel backyard, be sure to ask the management if they can decorate the place in fairy lights and Chinese Lanterns for a magical feel. A more considerate touch, however, would be to buy a good stock of individual chocolate squares and ask the inn concierge to place each one on your guests’ pillows as a special surprise.
Couples who are not on a limited budget can also invest in some personalized gifts, other than the wedding favors of course. Imagine your guests’ reactions as they walk into their room to find monogramed towels, throws or blankets which they can take home with them. To make the wedding even more memorable, why don’t you print your names and wedding date on the towel? To give the parents some alone time together, you may even ask the hotel to provide a suite just for the children and hire a babysitter to look after them.
There’s absolutely no doubt about it: purple weddings are brimming with charm, elegance and class. After all, let’s not forget that this hue was once proclaimed as the royal colour. So, it’s perfectly understandable why couples have started to include this sophisticated colour on their special days. Indeed, you can very rarely go wrong with purple: it matches with just about anything and provides an instant air of luxury, which means that you’ll be able to cut back on other accents and decorations. More and more brides are even embracing the idea of getting married in a bright purple frock, complete with purple veil and matching makeup.
Still, not everyone wants to take sure drastic steps. In fact, some couples might want a more toned down celebration with purple lingering casually in the background. If you’re one of them, the first thing that you should remember is that if you want a discreet colour arrangement, it’s crucial to balance purple out with lighter options such as white, cream, ecru or even beige. Stick to pastels because as soon as you pair purple with more vivid colours like gold and silver, it will instantly draw attention to the darker hue, hence defeating the whole purpose of your discreet wedding. If you want, you may also add some discreet purple touches to your buffet table: a few drops of purple food colouring poured into the punch, purple napkins or even purple-rimmed plates will do the trick.
Another very easy and inexpensive way to discreetly add some touches of purple to your wedding is by adding some small accents such as gauzes and balloons. In fact, couples might chose the combination of white, purple and yellow balloons to decorate the wedding altar, three hues that will draw attention to purple without being too imposing. As the bride, don’t hesitate to add a few touches to your own attire as well. For example, several brides chose to go for a regular colourful wedding bouquet but with some imposing purple flowers nestled into it. A purple necklace and matching earrings, purple shoes and even a purple-stoned tiara will certainly elevate your overall attire. As far as the groom is concerned, why don’t you convince him to wear a purple tie? In fact, this is the sort of look that would work extremely well on a black tux because the dark background will make it stand out more.
Sweet, dainty and ladylike, brides with a petite figure can certainly carry off their bridal gowns to perfection. Indeed, throughout films and literature, the most beautiful brides were quite on the petite side with a tiny nipped in waist, slender figure and short frame. While this sort of figure is quite easy to dress in everyday clothes, there are a few concern when it comes to the wedding gown. The bad news is that petite brides can’t slip into any gown. Fortunately, though, there is no lack of options for them to try on.
In fact, a common mistake is to think that since you’re petite, you will be able to pull off just about any outfit. However, while you should of course dress in any attire of your choice, there’s no reason why you can’t follow a few fashion rules that will help you look your very best on the most special day of your life. The most important thing that petite brides should remember is to steer clear from thick ballgowns, taffetas and other such fabrics.
Indeed, a short lady would be completely drowned in Princess-cut or Ball gowns, resulting in a rather mediocre-like look. After all, you do want to look your best on your wedding day, don’t you? So, stick to figure-hugging and flattering fabrics in the likes of cotton, lace, gauze, silk and satin. For more informal weddings, don’t hesitate to slip into a linen dress that will show off your petite frame to perfection.
Another important thing to consider is the cut of your chosen gown. Far too many brides spend their time focusing on the details and fabrics rather than the actual cut. But what most brides ignore is how easily the cuts can affect how the dress flows on you. Asymmetrical cuts, for example, will very easily lengthen your figure while making you appear much less thinner. The same goes for a V-shaped waist lined with pearls or sequins to draw attention to the contour between your waist and hips.
Don’t ignore the height of your dress as well: Long dresses, for example, do a great job as masquerading curves as they flow down, but, since petite brides are normally on the skinny side, it’s might not be a good idea to go for a floor-length frock. Tea-length and short wedding dresses are you best assets in this case. Ultra-traditional brides who must absolutely have their long dresses can alternatively go for mermaid wedding frocks which will instantly make them appear taller and much more curvaceous.
Gone are the days where guests and couples would gather around the main table to cut into the two to three tiered, Royal-iced wedding cake. Instead, these days more contemporary couples are embracing different albeit equally delicious alternatives to the traditional wedding cake. From wedding Croquembouche to pizzas or even crepes, a plethora of delicacies are tossing the bridal sponges to the side. Another extremely popular option is to replace the classic cake with a bunch of artfully arranged wedding cupcakes.
A really romantic touch would be to ask your baker to make red and white cupcakes and arrange a red sugared heart on top of each. Alternatively, if you don’t mind going the extra mile, you may even go for heart-shaped cupcakes instead. Sprinkle some chocolate vermicelli on the icing or maybe engrave the couple’s initials and date on each cupcake for a more lasting impression. The good thing about wedding cupcakes is that you can give them away as favours or in goody bags. If you can afford it, a top idea for your wedding cupcakes would be to pack them in satin-lined glittery boxes in the shape of a heart or rose.
Another creative twist on the wedding cupcake would be to make each one of them as symbolic as you can. For instance, if the couple has a special fondness for billiards, they may ask their baker to make cupcake in the shape of pool balls. Similarly, if you met your spouse at a pizzeria, the baker can shape your wedding cupcakes in the shape of pizzas and use glace cherries, icing and sprinkles as toppings. This is your opportunity to step out of your comfort zone and try new innovative creations. Bear in mind that if couples can slice into pizzas instead of wedding cakes, there’s no reason why you can’t customize your cupcakes to your liking.
A very popular trend nowadays is to go for both a small cake and a series of cupcakes arranged around it. Alternatively, you can place the small wedding cake on the top tier of a cake stand and place the cupcake in a circle it. Don’t hesitate to adopt the same step even if you’re having a Croquembouche or any other substitute to the classic cake. Also, when thinking of wedding cupcakes, couples often limit themselves to plain sponges with butter icing on top. However, don’t forget that a cupcake is only a miniature adaptation, which means that you can certainly play around with several flavours and recipe. A cheese brownie cupcake or a red velvet one topped with cream cheese frosting will undoubtedly wow your guests!
There’s nothing like a properly fitted wedding veil to embellish the bride and bring a classy and sophisticated look to her overall attire. Whilst this is certainly an ancient tradition, more and more brides are embracing this ultimate wedding accessory. However, if not properly worn, veils can be detrimental to your outfit and look quite out of place. It is important that you take the necessary precautions to adjust your veil to not only your dress but also your shoes, face and hairstyle. A veil should always compliment your face and outfit.
Indeed, the veil affects the contours and structure of your face more than you can imagine. For example, a bride with a round face should probably steer clear from birdcages or small veils that hide the forehead because these will make her face appear even rounder and rather puffy-like. This is due to the fact that birdcages tend to draw attention to the lower, hence rounder, area of your face. On the other hand, however, birdcage veils look absolutely fantastic on women with thin and long faces because they will draw attention to the cheekbones and define the contours.
A bride with a veil always has an appealingly mysterious aura around her. To emphasize this mysterious-like appeal, it’s important to take proper care of your makeup and make sure that it’s visible from underneath your veil. Do not, under any circumstances, tone down your makeup just because your face will be partially hidden. On the contrary, an absolute must-do for wedding veils is to apply more makeup than usual with particular focus on the eyes and lips. Jet back mascara and eye liner paired with glossy lips are going to look absolutely stunning under your veil. If you’re planning on throwing the veil up, be sure to pay attention to your cheekbones as well. Some luminous bronzer and blush will counterbalance any shadow that the veil will throw upon your face.
Another thing that brides always have to do but very rarely think about is removing the veil after the wedding, especially if it’s long and heavy. Yes, most of us are reluctant to take it off and we won’t feel as special as we do with the veil on. But, truth be told, thirty minutes into the reception will have you hot, sweaty and bothered which means that you’ll have to fumble with the veil and remove it in front of everyone. While this certainly doesn’t apply for shorter veils, long veils can be quite a hassle for the reception and you won’t feel as light and relaxed as you’ll feel without it.
One of the most- if not the most- coveted wedding season, spring radiates health, color and beauty. If you want to have a spring themed wedding, there are a few color schemes that you should follow to emphasize the stunning beauty that is usually associated with this season. After all, let’s not forget that some of the greatest poems of this century were centered around this time of year, so, as a Spring Bride, it’s your duty to do justice to this exquisitely stunning season.
When drafting your color palette for spring, the one thing that you should remember is to steer clear from any dark and drab hue, no matter how appealing the combination is. Granted, black and red provide a marvelous contrast, but is this really how you’d like to portray your spring wedding? These types of combinations can be found in any other wedding so it’s quite crucial to highlight the particular season that you’ve chosen to tie the knot. Above all, your spring wedding ought to be colorful, even if the hues don’t match in a conventional manner.
Bridesmaids, for example, can wear purple dresses with green sashes around the waist. Or, failing that, they can each hold a green parasol to complement their outfits, especially if you’re having an outdoors wedding. For an evening wedding, don’t hesitate to string several lanterns together and allow them to hang from trees for a more pronounced effect. The soft flickering of the yellow flames, mingled with the balmy spring night air will undoubtedly highlight the special theme of the day. In fact, you may even take the extra step and string colorful lanterns or fairy lights instead of traditional yellow and white ones.
Pastel colors are your main allies if you’re having a spring wedding. Having said that, it’s important to properly select your combination of pastels to avoid a washed-out look. Pales and pales should never, ever match. Instead, always try to balance out a pale hue by another darker pastel color. Bright canary yellow with a more toned down turquoise always works. Other spring-like color schemes include the occasional touch of orange, lime green and yellow, brown and gold, turquoise and pink and the likes. An easy way to incorporate these combinations in your wedding would be through the bouquet and cake. For example, a bright pink bridal bouquet with a turquoise and pink wedding cake will leave no doubt in your guests’ minds that this certainly is a spring wedding.
The 1950’s were all about fun, dancing and being different. So, it should really come as no surprise that more and more couples are trying to incorporate a 50’s theme on their special day. If you’re one of them, the good news is that it’s a much easier task than you think. Indeed, the 50’s is actually one of the easiest themes to pull off. Grace Kelly to Shirley Temple or even Robert Kennedy were lucky enough to have tied the knot back in the real 50’s, hence setting the stage for the millions of couples to follow.
A 50’s bride, for example, doesn’t have to be conventional and stick to a particular tradition. Don’t forget that the 50’s was all about embracing your wilder side and taking risks that others never dared to take so if you want to get married in that white miniskirt, then by all means, go ahead! In fact, very few wedding dresses were floor-length back in the 50’s.
Quite on the opposite, 50’s wedding dresses were all about flared tea length or even knee-length cuts. If you do want to go for long dresses, though, avoid contemporary figure-hugging mermaid-style dresses in favour of straight gowns that will emphasize an hourglass shape. Stick to vintage fabrics like lace or satin for a more pronounced 50’s look.
50’s style colors were just as daring and adventurous as the dress: forget about whites, ecru and pastels. Instead, be bold and embrace darker hues like red, magenta, blue, lime green or vivid pink. Don’t fuss over coordinating colors as well because this era was quite artistic in the sense that it never hesitated to mix and matched various hues to create a beautifully contrasting effect. The one thing that you shouldn’t leave out, however, is the polka dot.
The symbol of the 50’s by excellence, polka dots will instantly bring your theme to the forefront, even if you don’t indulge in any vintage outfits or decorations. Brides who are not bold enough to don a polka dot wedding gown might even go for a colourful polka dot cake. Again, be sure to pay particular attention to the colors and don’t even think about going for washed out white or yellow cakes. Bright pink with white and turquoise polka dots are the types of combinations that you should focus upon. Of course, you can always ask your bridesmaids or flower girl to slip into flared polka dot dresses for a more pronounced effect.
Bridesmaid dresses can get a little bit boring after a while. After all, there’s nothing new in dressing all the ladies in identical dresses with the exact same cut and colour. Admittedly, this homogenous look will bring a rather neat and organized visual aspect to your wedding and while there’s certainly nothing wrong with this trend, some couples might want to spruce it up a bit. So, don’t hesitate to look into some trendy ideas for your bridesmaids’ dresses and overall attires. Most importantly, don’t be afraid to be different and use as much creativity as you can to add some extra panache to your special day.
Couples who are having a super casual wedding might even consider having all their bridesmaids wear jeans or pants to the wedding. It may sound quite unconventional but then again, it is your wedding day and no one else, so, it’s ultimately up to you to decide what the dress code should be. In fact, bridesmaids in pants or jeans might even add a cutting-edge flair to the grand day so be sure to explore new, unchartered horizons to add a unique twist to your big day.
Another not so conventional option would be to get your bridesmaids dresses and tops instead of the traditional dress. Long skirts might be more appropriate for evening weddings while shorter ones are more suited for outdoors and day weddings. However, couples who are more traditional might go for the customary bridesmaid dresses but try to avoid the whole identical look. Instead, allow the girls to select their own individual outfit to create a non-matching bridesmaid dress scheme. In fact, this little bit of versatility might even take the visual aspect of your wedding to the next level.
A more daring and fun look would be to go for costumes instead of bridesmaid dresses. If you’re selecting this option, make the most out of it and go absolutely wild: poufy Victorian frocks, 50’s style flared polka dots outfits or even 20’s style flapper dresses are going to add some extra sizzle to your wedding. Of course, there’s no reason why you can’t go into a full-blown costume party mode and add masks, trains, gloves and spiky heels to their ensembles?
To keep things much more toned down, but different, you could ask your bridesmaids to wear white or ivory gowns. It is an unspoken rule that no one but the bride should wear white to a wedding, but, more and more couples are embracing the idea of having the entire bridal party wear white. From the bridesmaids to the page boys, ring bearers and even flower girls, an all-white bridal party will undoubtedly leave a striking effect on your guests.
Who doesn’t go ‘aawww’ at the sight of a sweet little flower girl walking cheerily down the aisle in her gauzy dress and flower basket? Indeed, as the miniature stars of the show, flower girls certainly deserve to be applauded for their efforts. After all, it’s not easy for a child to face such a huge crowd with what they deem to be the serious task of sprinkling rose petals down the aisle. These days, the new emerging trend is to reward these adorable little girls with a gift, not unlike the customary bridesmaid present.
The good news is that it’s extremely easy to find a couple of sweet gifts for your flower girls. Kids are extremely easy to please and they’re probably going to be happy with whatever you choose to gift wrap. Still, as the adult and- more importantly- the bride, it’s your duty to present them with a memorable token that they will be able to take out in years to come and remember your special day with fondness. A piece of jewellery, for example, is exactly the sort of token that can last for decades to come.
Fortunately, the wedding market is practically brimming with jewellery options for flower girls. Whether you’re looking for a child’s ring, a locket, pendant or even a bracelet, be sure to get it engraved with your wedding date. Or, failing that, you can purchase a special ‘Flower Girl’ box from a gift shop to pack your gift. Popular options include flower girl pendants or personalized bracelets. Otherwise, why don’t you buy a collection of small, inexpensive gifts like dolls, teddies, puzzles and candies? To really wow your flower girl, don’t hesitate to put all the gifts in a single basket for a more dramatic impact.
Alternatively, consider giving your flower girl a brightly painted treasure chest with the wedding date engraved on it. Girls love treasure chests and since these can also double as jewellery boxes, you might even consider giving one to each of your bridesmaids as well! If you can afford it, however, an absolutely fabulous option would be to simply purchase flower girl dress for the little one. This will not only help her parents cut back on a few expenses, but it will also be an extremely generous gesture from your part. Couples who are trying to stick to a limited budget may gift the flower girl a pair of shoes for the wedding, instead of the dress.