If Irish music and the idea of the Udhlain pipes (like bagpipes), the bodhran, the tin whistle and the fiddle combined with voices, the idea of Irish dancing, celtic wedding bands, Irish wedding bells and even the wearing of kilts sends you into paroxysms of delight, then this is the theme for you.
You might want to incorporate this beautiful traditional druidic blessing for unity in your ceremony:
We swear by peace and love to stand, heart to heart and hand to hand. Mark, o spirit, and hear us now, confirming this our sacred vow.
Or this Irish blessing:
May the road rise to meet you. May the wind be always at your back. May the sun shine warm upon your face; the rain fall soft upon your fields. And, until we meet again, may God hold you in the palm of his hand.
Here are a few aspects of an Irish Celtic Wedding you might want to work into your theme:
- Get married in a forest (Celtic weddings traditionally took place outside in nature) and have a solitary Irish Udhlain piper play as your guests arrive, or as you walk down the aisle
- Wear a long wedding veil (the type that rests on the back of your head right down your back almost like a cloak)
- Go mad with the use of celtic fonts – on your ‘save the day’, menus, seating arrangements, cake, anything really
- Hang an Irish blessing over the door at your Irish Celtic Wedding
- If you want to go full out include shamrocks, candles, leprechauns and the odd pot of gold
- Use the lucky horseshoe on table tops as a symbol of good luck
- Do the Celtic pebble toss – couples often got married near a water source and wedding guests cast small stones into the water whilst wishing for the couple’s happiness
- Include the celtic knot during the ceremony – no beginning, no ending, the continuity of everlasting love
- Hire a celtic band or a fiddler and learn the Irish jig (Ceilidh)
- Have the reception in an Irish pub
- Serve Guiness at Irish Celtic Wedding
- Include an Irish wedding feast (originally these would have been potluck at the bride’s family home to which each guest brought a traditional Irish dish)
Happy Wedding Planning!