(Closed) Celtic wedding traditions

posted 6 years ago in Traditions
Post # 3
7777 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

We did a hand fasting with a wreath of flowers. It was gorgeous. 🙂 it was the one thing I insisted be in our ceremony.

Post # 4
750 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

We are also doing the handfasting ceremony, I come from a big Irish family and this was a must for me. 🙂

Post # 5
927 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

we are doing a handfasing with a ceremony that i actually wrote. I am moreso alligned with the pegan and neo-druidic beliefs while my Fiance is buddhist. we both have celtic and northern european ancestry so trying to tie everything in is fun lol. my bouquet will have 21 beads in it and i have lotus holders for the sand for our sand  ceremony (we both grew up in the coast) to give a nod to his beliefs. we are trying to make it meaningful to us as well as stear away from the obvious religious infuences



and are strongly thinging of dong a german tradition called the bridal cup. here is a little more info on it http://www.german-toasting-glasses.com/bridal_cups/nuernberg_bridal_cup_story.html for our reception toast instead of the traditional interlocking arms thing.



Post # 6
513 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

Yes we are also.. we are getting married in a scottish castle! and my father will be performing our handfasting ceremony.  We are having a Piper who will pipe me into the venue and then he will pipe the bride and groom from the venue to the reception and will introduce the couple with a gaelic poem and then pipe us to cutting the cake where he will then also drink wine from the same cup as the bride which signifies good luck in the marriage.  The bride and groom then drink from the Quaich a two-handled loving cup for the wedding feast. This is a cup that the couple take their first communion together as a married couple. They also used the quaich at the reception for their first toast together.

We are also ‘Trying’ to learn Gaelic so that we are able to do the handfasting in Gaelic. 

We are also having “pinning of the Tartan, where a member of the grooms family pins the family tartan onto the bride as a symbol of joining the family.

I will be carrying a ‘sprig of white heather’ as a sign of good luck (I am not having a bouquet but will carry this on the book I will be holding)

We are also hoping to have ‘The Caim’ which is:  To begin a Celtic wedding ceremony, the bride and groom would draw a circle around themselves, symbolizing their unity with God. As they drew the circle, they repeated these words,

The Mighty Three, my protection be, encircle me.You are around my life, my love, my home.Encircle me. O sacred three, the Mighty Thee

(we are hoping to have our guests move their chairs into a circle around us…still tryign to figure this one out!!!)

Probably a few more here and there but this is what I can remember for now!!!

Post # 7
11233 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

We’re doing a handfasting and our officiant is reading an Irish blessing. I wanted to do the stones thing, but no one wants to lug around a basket of stones for us, and what the hell are we doing to do with a basket of stones?

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