Post # 1
my Fiance and I are including a few Celtic wedding customs in our ceremony, and I’m curious who else is.
We are doing a handfasting (where you hold hands and the officiant or an assistant wraps rope, cord, or ribbon around you) while our officiant reads the “Blessing of Hands”
we are doing a bridal toast from an Irish wedding goblet, which is carved out of wood and has two interlocking rings around the stem. she is reading an Irish blessing while we toast each other.
I think that’s it that specifically Celtic, but we are also including other pagan and earth-religion aspects like positioning mini-altars that represent the four directions and elements in a circle around the ceremony space, and lots of lots of flower petals!
Post # 3
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
We are also doing the handfasting ceremony, I come from a big Irish family and this was a must for me. 🙂
Post # 5
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
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
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?
Post # 8
wow, this is great!
@aprose: the bridal cup sounds similar to our Irish wedding goblet.
@Angkinah: you “take the cake” as they say, haha! a scottish castle and a piper. Love the inclusion of Gaelic and the traditional customs. 🙂