Whether you’ve got Irish, Scottish, Welsh, Cornish, Breton, or Manx blood, you may want to have a wedding that celebrates your rich Celtic ancestry. And why not? Here are some subtle and not-so-subtle ways to incorporate you Celtic heritage into you wedding.
Most important is the wedding dress. You may want to choose a more traditional, almost medieval style gown for your nuptials. Or if you’re Scottish, you may want to wear a more traditional Tartan dress to coordinate better to the men in their kilts. You can even choose a more mainstream bridal gown that still transforms you into a Celtic princess. You have a plethora of options to choose from.
Next, you’ll want to choose a venue reflective of the spirit you want embodied in your wedding celebration. Ideally a Celtic castle or manor would your first choice. However, if you have no plans to go over seas, try historic mansion, castle, or even just outside to create the desired effect.
Symbols displayed on jewelry, linens, invitations as well as other wedding stationary, cake, and more will help to create an undeniably Celtic feel at your wedding. There are several to choose from:
- Triskele-also known as the Triple Spiral or Triskelion, is related to the sun, reincarnation, and the afterlife. It can also be seen as the symbol of pregnancy.
- The 5 Circles-is known as The Wheel of Life; it is said to also represent the universe.
- Triquetra-also known as the Triqueta or the Trinity Knot, was originally a symbol for the Celtic goddess in the South as well as the symbol of the Norse Odin. It was adopted, like many other Celtic symbols, by the Celtic Christian Church to represent the Holy Trinity.
- Celtic Knot(s)-although the meaning of these has been lost over time, it is likely that represent eternity by their intricate, circular shape; nonetheless, they are beautiful design elements.
- Celtic Cross– also known as the Ionic Cross or the Cross of St. Columba, it was originally the symbol of the Gallic sun god, Taranis. Yet, it too was adopted by the Celtic Christian Church to represent the church itself.
- Shamrock-probably the most well-known of all the symbols here, the clover leaf is also known as the Trefoil. It represents all things Irish as well as St. Patrick’s Day. Celtic lore maintained that it was a charm against evil and that to find a four-leafed clover was lucky. Later, St. Patrick used it to describe the Holy Trinity; three-in-one.
Music is also another undeniably Celtic element to add to your celebration. Time to brandish the bagpipes! Harps are also intrinsically Celtic. You may also want to select songs by Enya, Celtic Women, Riverdance, as well as other Celtic artists to be played or sung in at your wedding. Traditional Celtic songs such as “Danny Boy”, “Greensleeves”, “My Love is Like a Red, Red Rose”, “Scarbourough Faire”, and others. One could also choose the Catholic choose the Celtic route and sing the traditional “Ave Maria”; the renditions by Andrea Bocelli and Celine Dion are divine. Heck, you may even choose Beyonce’s rewritten version.
Another way to incorporate your Celtic heritage is by poetry reading. Maybe there’s a favourite Celtic poem you like that you’d like to have a loved one read. You may also choose to have the officiant read a traditional [Irish] blessing over you as well as all your loved ones.
Colour-wise, you need not decorate everything in white and green although you certainly may. It is an extremely popular and elegant colour scheme right now. You may also choose to use pinks, purples, blues or some other colour scheme for your Celtic wedding.
A Celtic wedding would be great fun! Of course you should probably have Celtic blood or at least be marrying a Celt in order to incorporate many of these ideas, but we won’t shame you if you decide to choose this as a theme anyway! You can incorporate it into other themes such as Faerie or Lord of the Rings. Need even more inspiration? Watch the movie Made of Honor. Choose a Celtic wedding theme and celebrate you ancestry at the same time!