Traditional Wedding Vows v2

Double rainbow - photo by Suzanne Peat
Traditional Wedding Vows v2 - from your Pros at Kenneth Robert Entertainment

Some Celtic Wedding Traditions we love…
Ah, the luck of the Irish.  Good or bad omens, spiritual symbolism, blessings and superstitions; the Celts are rich with wedding myths and legends. 
Not my favorite but let’s start with a poem about what day of the week is best to be wed…


"Monday for wealth
Tuesday for health
Wednesday the best day of all
Thursday for losses
Friday for crosses
Saturday for no luck at all"
~Folk Rhyme~

What?  No luck at all for Saturday couples or does that mean that no luck is needed – and what happened to Sunday?

“Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue.”  If you are a Celtic bride, your wedding gown may just be the blue you are looking for.  White dresses weren’t made popular until Queen Victoria broke protocol and donned a white dress for her wedding day. 

A horseshoe for good luck!  It’s thought that a horseshoe hung over your front door will bring good luck to the household.  Many Celtic brides will carry a symbolic horseshoe to carry on the superstition.  A tiny horseshoe charm can be sewn inside a glove, attached to your bouquet or affixed to your garter (don’t give this one away!) or as a charm on a bracelet or necklace.  I myself was gifted with a horseshoe charm to celebrate my wedding day. 

The ring!  Who among us hasn’t at one time or another admired the beauty and symbolism that is the Claddagh ring?  Worn by single women and married women alike, you should be able to tell if the lady is spoken for by the way she wears it.  On the right hand for single ladies but with the ring facing inwards to indicate that she is with someone.  On the left hand once engaged but pointing outward to be turned inward, once the couple are wed.
 
Celtic Spiritual Blessing - Photo by Suzanne Peat
Handfasting: “Tying the knot” takes on new meaning if you are partaking in a Celtic ceremony.  The joining of hands, as if in a handshake, are then wrapped in a cord or ribbon to signify the couple’s agreement to join their lives together in the sanctity of marriage - an unbreakable bond.  Beautiful and ceremonial, this tradition carries the same symbolism as an exchange of rings. 

Let the bells ring!  Wedding bells to celebrate the newly married couple.  If you are fortunate enough to have a ceremony venue with bells, it is an amazing way to cap off your ceremony and announce to the world that you are wed!  Alternatively, you could ask your officiant to ring a bell as the end of your ceremony.  The use of bells during your reception is a wonderful way to ask for the couple to kiss – much nicer than clinking glasses.  Small bells could be placed on each guest table or one symbolic bell placed with the cake. 

A shoe in!  Tying shoes to the back of the getaway car signifies the couple walking away from their old life while driving toward their new life together.

Remember you don’t have to be Celtic to embrace some or all of these traditions, we could all use a little good luck every now and then.