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Traditions

Your Celtic Wedding : Your Celtic Wedding

Something old, something new
Something borrowed, something blue
And a sixpence in your shoe

This Victorian rhyme and wedding tradition is popular throughout the Celtic lands. Something Old represents the link with the brides own family and is symbolic of continuity. Something new represents good luck and success and hopes for a bright future in the bride's married life. Something borrowed reminds the bride that friends and family will be there for her on that special day and in the future. Something blue is the color of faithfulness and loyalty. The sixpence is symbolic of financial stability in the marriage.

Bridal Bouquets
Tuck a sprig of shamrock (Irish), heather (Scottish) or daffodil (Welsh) into the bridal bouquet.

The Honeymoon
In ancient times, honey was believed to enhance fertility, and many couples were married at a new moon because the lunar calendar was very prominent in Celtic society. Couples would drink mead (honey wine) for the first lunar cycle of their marriage. Mead can be offered to guests as a welcome drink at your wedding reception to keep the old tradition alive.

Horseshoe
The horseshoe can be sewn into the wedding gown or tucked into the bridal bouquet. The horseshoe has always been associated with god luck because of the level of importance the Celts placed on their livestock, particularly their horses.

Wedding Coin
During the wedding ceremony, usually after the blessings of the rings, the groom presents his bride with a silver coin and says, "I give you this as a token of all I possess." The coin symbolizes his willingness to share all that he has or will have in the future. The coin is kept as a family keepsake and is passed from mother to her eldest son on his wedding day. If you are just starting this tradition, a newly minted coin can be used.

Wrap Text around ImageThe Marriage Bell or Make-up Bell
Celtic tradition dictates that every young couple receive at least one bell as a wedding gift. The bell is placed strategically in the newlyweds home, visible to all. When an argument or disagreement flares up (as it inevitably will!), one of the couple can ring the bell to end the discord and invoke a truce without admission of guilt or fault.

Wedding Veils
In Celtic lands the bride would be veiled to hide her from evil spirits and from fairies who would want to steal her away. The veil also represented purity and chastity.

Love Spoons
This centuries-old Welsh custom is one whereby a would-be suitor gives a carved spoon to a girl he wishes to court.
 

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