Post # 1
My fiancee is Irish, and we have been talking about buying the claddagh ring. Mind you my fiancee is of Irish ancestry, and his other half is Italian so he isnt too familiar with irish tradition. We really want to keep both of our cultures alive ( i am Armenian) so we wanted to exchange claddagh rings.
This is my question. Do you wear the claddagh ring and your engagement and wedding band too? Which hand do you wear the claddagh? I was thinking of wearing my enegagement and wedding band on my left hand which is customary and wearing the claddag on my right hand even though thats probably not the “right” way to wear it. anyone marrying an irish guy? what other traditions do they have, and did u incorporate any of these traditions in ur wedding?
Post # 3
I am marrying an Irish man! (I’m AA) Anyway, we discussed the claddagh ring and what we are doing is I am going to wear the claddagh ring on my right hand since the ring itself will not go with my engagement ring whatsoever.
We are also doing Celtic Wishing Stones instead of a guestbook.
Post # 4
Also another way to add the claddagh to your family is passing it down from mother to daughter. That is atleast the tradition I have heard off.
Post # 5
what is the celtic wishing stone?
Post # 9
My fiance and I are both half irish, and I’d love to get a claddagh but it won’t go with my ring. Perhaps for our first anniversary!
@Miss Tattoo: just wondering, are you going to fish out the stones after the wedding? We actually have a small fountain at our ceremony site so I am very very interested in this but I wonder how that will go… are you actually renting your own fountain?
I was almost thinking we could get a bunch of small pebbles and just ask people to make wishes onto them when they throw them in instead of trying to write something on them. My uncle gave me a celtic traditions book last year and I raced through it, I’d really like to incorporate some for the wedding!
Post # 10
@arenyth: I think what we are going to do is get some stones and have them out at the reception instead of the guestbook. We are going to ask the guests to sign them and then either just put them in another basket so we can put them in our garden fountain at home or maybe something else. I can’t imagine the size of the fountain we would have to get to bring to the reception site for guest to throw stones in.
Post # 11
My fiancee is 5th generation Irish but extremely proud of his heritage, has his family crest tattooed on his shoulder etc. I am Turkish so ours is a similar combination to yours. We didn’t get a claddagh ring but picked a Celtic design wedding band for him. We also went to Ireland for our honeymoon (first time for both of us). It was so beautiful!
Post # 12
My guy is very Irish. His grandparents were born there. We’re not using the claddagh, we’re using the celtic knot design. The only thing my FH stressed to me was that it was bad luck to buy one for yourself.
Post # 13
Hi there! Im Irish (from galway)!
I grew up and went to school near the claddagh area (1 mile from where)
the ring comes.
Every irish girl gets a claddagh ring and if its as an engagement ring you wear it on the left hand with the heart pointed in! You can get lovely diamonds (esp one in a heart shape) to put in the ring.
If you dont like the look of it, have a peek at this galway website
Some ideas for celtic knots as an engagement ring without the claddagh taking over your ring finger-
Go n’eiri an bothair leat!
Post # 14
My Fiance is part Irish, and he gave my a claddagh with my birthstone early on in our relationship. I’ve worn it on my right hand all along and will continue to, with my engagement ring and wedding band on the left. We also got him a wedding band with a celtic knot pattern that he’s really excited about. Lucky Celtic designs are so beautiful and easy to find, so it becomes one of the easier cultures to incorporate into your wedding/marriage.
Post # 15
if youre single you wear it on your right hand with the heart facing out, facing in if your taken…wear it on your left hand if youre engaged with the heart facing out, facing in when youre married:)