Celtic Wedding Ceremony

Celtic Wedding ceremony is known for extended celebrations. In fact, Celts are popular for celebrating weddings for a number of days. They love to feast. Wedding festivities are centered on eating, dancing, and drinking. It is interesting to learn more about Celtic Weddings. 

There are traditions during a Celtic Wedding Ceremony. A lot of details come into mind when the Celts plan their wedding. 


Music plays a significant role. The bagpipe is one of the most used instruments. To ensure that the wedding is festive, the wedding procession, music during communion, and recessional is often conducted by a piper. A Ceileigh band or musicians are part and parcel of wedding receptions at this day and age. 

Wedding Attire

Celts follow a tradition with respect to wedding attires. Wedding dresses are popular and rich in color, fabric, trimming, and embellishments. These may be informal, formal, one-piece in style or a simple dress overhung by silk linen. For the soon-to-be bride, the gown is full in design with unique boutique works. 

The groom may dress formally with tunic pants, shirt with full designed sleeves, and a bold collared neck. To further adorn the attire, a velvet coat, waist coat or jacket with a silken neck tie and broad leather belt may be worn. Should the groom want to sport a traditional Celtic outfit, he may opt to wear a bright colored silk or velvet long cloak, long sleeves, kilts, tartan, and sporran with vivid designs


Celts also consider the destination for their wedding whether it be a traditional church wedding or an outdoor wedding. 

Clergymen or Preacher

It is essential that clergy in charge of the ceremony is familiar with the traditions of the Celts. 

  • Parts of the Wedding
  • CeremonyCasting and consecration of the circle
  • Presentation of the Bride and Groom
  • Statement of the Bard concerning marriage
  • Declarations of the Bride and Groom
  • Exchange of rings
  • Binding of hands
  • Passing of light
  • Thanksgiving and Oath
  • Blessing and opening of the circle


For good luck, carrying of a horseshoe is associated with a Celtic Wedding. 

Grushie Custom

The custom of tossing a handful of coins at the guests by the groom is part of a Celtic Wedding Ceremony. 

Barefoot brides and grooms

This symbolizes their union and communion with the earth. 

A Celtic Wedding Ceremony has fun, interesting, and enjoyable traditions worth remembering by the couple and their guests. 

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