Celtic Wedding Traditions

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Celtic Wedding Traditions

Incorporating Celtic wedding customs into your wedding day is a great way to celebrate your family heritage. Here are few wedding traditions to consider for your wedding day:

Celtic Music. Bagpipes are often the first thing that comes to mind when thinking of Scottish music. Consider having a bagpiper for your ceremony recessional or wedding reception grand entrance. Your wedding DJ can assist you in developing a play list or wedding jigs or drinking songs to use during your wedding reception.



The Loving Cup. At a Scottish wedding, the couple drinks for the Quaich, also known as the Loving Cup, that has been passed down through their families. The Quaich has a bowl shape with two handles. The Loving Cup symbolizes the joining of two families and is meant to bring good fortune to the newlyweds.

Irish Ingenuity. Many Irish brides braid their hair, traditionally a symbol of luck and feminine ingenuity.

Lucky Lavendar. Irish brides often carry English lavender in their bouquet as a symbol of devotion and loyalty. Lavendar is thought to bring about a lengthy marriage.

Real men wear kilts. If you want an authentic Celtic wedding, have your groom don a kilt; the customary, celtic wedding attire. It’s common to have groomsmen wear kilts too.


Go Green. Shamrocks may be the most iconic symbol of Irish tradition. Couples may opt for green-icing cakes, table linens, bridal party gowns, or serve green drinks such as green beer or green-apple martinis.





Traditional, first look. While it’s a fairly new trend for brides and grooms to see each other before the wedding, Irish couples have done this for years. An Irish couple would walk through the town, collecting well wishes and gifts on their way to the church. If you want to start your wedding photography before the ceremony, call it a Celtic tradition.



Celtic Bling. The Claddagh Ring has a fabled history, designed with two hands holding a heart, and adorned by a crown. While you will likely want a more contemporary wedding ring, the Claddagh may be worn on your right hand or incorporated in a necklace. You could also consider using it as part of your wedding decor; as a cake topper, wedding seal, or napkin logo.


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