Add Irish Tradition
With Celtic Wedding Themes
Celtic wedding themes are a fun way to celebrate your Irish
heritage while exchanging your vows. There are many fun traditions and
symbols that can make your big day unique.
Having a Celtic-themed wedding can mean different things. You may want
to include every traditional aspect of an Irish wedding
into your big day, or you may just want to add a little Irish flair.
You may even want to get married on St. Patrick’s Day if it falls on
To help you sort through the many different options to consider, listed
below are some ideas to get you started.
There is a lot of information on this page about Celtic wedding themes,
so you may want to add it as a bookmark so you can easily return in the
Celtic wedding ceremonies are often held in a church. Historic, country
locations help set the atmosphere for your ceremony and entire wedding
Another alternative is to have your wedding ceremony outdoors. Parks or
sites near rivers and lakes can provide the perfect backdrop for
exchanging your Irish wedding vows.
A destination wedding in Ireland is tough to beat, but there are many
other location options for your reception if you can't make it to The
Country locations, like an old farm house or a bed and breakfast, can
create the perfect setting for your wedding reception
tented receptions also work well in the warmer months.
While any location can be turned into a Celtic affair, a unique
alternative is a castle or other historic building that has an old
European look and feel to it.
Knot Handfasting Ribbon Set
are one of your first opportunities to
spread the word about your Celtic wedding theme.
Look for invitations with Celtic or Irish designs, or perhaps something
as simple as your favorite shade of green. Floral invitations can be
another nice alternative.
Like invitations, you will want your wedding
to be green or include Celtic designs. If you have
trouble finding them, consider creating them yourself with green stock
paper and stampers with Celtic symbols.
Traditional Celtic wedding dresses come in bright colors like green,
red and blue in addition to white. You will need to decide how far you
are going to take your Celtic wedding theme and if that means going
with a wedding dress that is Celtic.
Irish wedding dresses frequently have lace accents whether the gown is
colorful or white. Of course you can always wear a modern white wedding
dress and still use Celtic wedding themes throughout your day.
If you do choose to go with a Celtic wedding dress, consider having it
custom made. There are many great resources online that will ensure you
will have a dress that fits you perfectly.
For the groom and groomsmen, if you want to stick to tradition consider
wearing kilts. If kilts aren’t your style, wear tuxedos or suits that
match the bride and bridesmaid dresses.
Colorful wildflowers are frequently seen at Irish weddings. Ivy, a sign
of fidelity, can also be used in bouquets and other floral
Irish tradition states that you can plant the ivy after your wedding as
a keepsake from your day.
A traditional Irish wedding
is a fruit cake which is definitely an option if you are
sticking to tradition. However in today's modern times couples tend to
opt for a more modern wedding cake.
One option is to have a smaller fruit cake in addition to your main
wedding cake, or it could also be used as a groom’s cake. This allows
you to still stick to tradition while also having a more typical main
Have your cake designer or baker decorate your cake with traditional
Irish symbols like horseshoes and shamrocks. A more adventurous option
is to have a cake designed in one of these shapes.
Add a Celtic wedding
to finish off your cake.
Entertainment is an important part of any wedding. Having bagpipers
lead you down the isle is a great way to kick off your wedding
The bagpipers can move from your ceremony to accompany you as you are
announced at your reception.
Wedding Songs CD
If you are having a DJ or traditional band, ask about options for
including a few Irish songs for fun.
Irish Dancers offer great entertainment for your guests. Hiring a local
Irish dance group to perform at your wedding reception is a great idea,
and keeping it a secret offers a nice surprise for your guests.
If you want to remember your wedding reception long after it is over,
consider having your guests sign a Celtic wedding guest
to learn more about how you can use them
in your wedding.
An Irish wedding
is one of the most famous Celtic symbols because
they are thought to bring good luck.
Take a look at our top five Irish
The symbols above provide many options for wedding favors
Shamrocks, trinity knots and horseshoes are among the symbols that can
be part of your irish wedding favors.
Also mentioned above, bells make great favors. Guests will enjoy
ringing them to get you to kiss instead of tapping their glasses.
for celtic wedding themes can be something simple like
green beer, Guinness or a more elaborate cocktail. Many people think of
Baileys when they think of Irish drinks, and there are several fun
drink options using Baileys, including a Baileys Martini.
Another option is mead, a wine-like cocktail made with honey. You may,
however, have to do a little research to find mead in your area.