The guide to the perfect Celtic wedding
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There is an Irish wedding-related proverb that states: "Marry in May and rue the day" and finishes with: "Marry in April if you can, joy for maiden and for man."
Whether you choose to believe this superstition or not, no matter what month you marry in, you can recreate an "authentic" Celtic wedding, complete with traditions that Irish couples have practiced for thousands of years.
Here's IrishCentral's complete guide:
WEAR: A Claddagh ring, which was traditionally worn as a betrothal or engagement ring when the crown is worn nearest to knuckle and as a wedding ring when crown was worn nearest to nail. The meaning of the design of the ring is as follows: the heart represents love, the crown represents loyalty and the hands represent friendship. Click here to shop for Claddagh and Celtic wedding rings online (put in specific link to Shop section).
ADD: A lucky horseshoe to your bouquet, turned up for good luck. The horseshoe can be made of porcelain or silk. Alternatively, you can wear a fabric horseshoe around your wrist.
BUY: A marriage bell. It's an old Irish tradition to give a bell at the time of a wedding. The bell affords good luck and if at any time during the marriage there is "discord," the ancient Irish remedy for lovers' quarrels is to ring this special bell and break the spirit of discontent and renew again the spirit of love. Buy one for your new home together, or, at your wedding ceremony, have your greeters hand out tiny bells to your guests to ring as you process. Guests could also ring their little bells at the reception in lieu of clinking glasses.
INCORPORATE: Shoes - a sign of fertility. Begin your new journey wearing something familiar, and don old shoes at your wedding. If you'd rather your shoes be your "something new," tie several pairs of really old shoes to the back of your car instead of tin cans.
PLAY: "The Irish Wedding Song," a favorite at Irish and Irish American weddings. Listen to Andy Cooney's version (click on "The Irish Wedding Song" under his "Isle of Hope Isle of Tears" album in the Discography section here.