In my last post, I talked about how we’re working with the Jewish traditions. In this post, I will be talking about Irish and Scottish traditions.
My family has never been all that religious; however, our Celtic heritage is important to us. It was also important to me that my parents felt like this was actually their daughter’s wedding. The one issue was that, because our synagogue is traditional, we can’t include anything in the ceremony. It took a lot of time figuring out how we were going to include a part of our heritage, but Gander and I are both very happy with how we’ve figured it out.
What We’re Doing
- Claddagh ”“ I’m actually really happy with the way we plan to incorporate the claddagh into our wedding day. Since my ring is an heirloom from Bubbe Gan, I knew we couldn’t use one there. However, when we saw this ketubah using the claddagh, as well as Celtic knots, as the artwork, we knew it was perfect for us.
- Presentation of the Sword ”“ This is one tradition that Gander is really excited for. Father Goose is going to present a sword to Gander as a sign of welcoming him into the family. After talking to my parents, we’ve come to the decision that he will give Gander a sword at the end of his speech during the reception.
- Lucky Horseshoe ”“ I’m still on the hunt, but I’m hoping to find a small horseshoe charm for my florist to incorporate into my bouquet, most likely on the handle.
- Irish Dancers ”“ Since we’re including a Jewish horah, I decided I thought it would be nice to include some sort of dance from my side, except none of us can do any Irish dances. Therefore, we’re looking at hiring those who can to perform during dinner.
What We’re Skipping
- Handfasting ”“ This is one we really wanted to include, but we just can’t find a place during the ceremony that it would work. We’re also not technically supposed to include any ceremonies other than Jewish ones, so this one had to be cut.
- Blue Dress ”“ Blue is meant to bring good luck to the bride, according to Irish tradition, but I love my white dress, and I always pictured myself in a white dress.
- Kilts ”“ Since the only Celtic man who has a family tartan in our wedding processional is Father Goose, he opted to not wear a kilt. We’re still looking at other ways to possibly incorporate his tartan.
- Bagpipers ”“ Scottish brides, please don’t kill me! Gander and I aren’t huge fans of bagpiping. If it’s done well, it can be good, but I’ve just heard it done not so well too many times to take that chance.
And that, ladies and gentlemen, sums up how we’re running our wedding day.
How are other brides incorporating their cultures? Would your groom love a sword?