Just be careful about what you're calling Irish. The kilt and the tartans it's made of are by family in Scotland, and by county in Ireland, and probably originated in Scotland. The bagpipes, while originally middle Eastern, are now largely Scottish. And The Knot board for Irish brides has it all mixed up, so please don't believe that. I don't know about what the caeli the pp has described, maybe that's Irish Gaelic, but in Scott's Gaelic, a Ceiligh, (pronounced Kay-lee), is sort of a big ole dance party, not a particular pattern of dance.
TIdh--I never said you were wrong, I just said that I didn't know about what you described or mentioned, but that in Scott's Gaelic it was a totally different thing. We have Scottish Highland Dancing, and then Scottish Country Dancing, the latter of which is usually done in couples at the Scottish Dances, called a Ceiligh. A lot of people don't understand that Scott's Gaelic and Irish Gaelic are two completely different languages.
Dang, re-read the post if you think I said you were wrong.
We are incorporating some Irish Traditions into our wedding: 1. Giving FI's a Celtic Cross with the Celtic Knot or Claudaugh in center.2. Irish Blessing before Recessional.3. Dried Clovers mixed with other blooms for the petals scattered in the aisle.4. One of our colors is a traditional Irish wedding color, light blue.5. Bagpiper who will be playing traditional Irish music for the Recessional and part of cocktail hour.
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I am Italian, I live in Italy (regard to "Connecticut" in my profile Italy wasn't one of the available options when I registered to this site so I had to choose a state), I’ve been to Ireland several times (for leisure and work) and I’m about to marry an Irish-Italian boy so feel free to make any question you want.I have never heard about wearing green the evening before the wedding and releasing doves at the end of the ceremony in Italy. These might be traditions belonging to regions others than mine but no one I know has ever experienced these. I’m not sure I’m in time to give you suggestions but an idea could be a “serenata” performed a few days before the wedding by the groom-to-be. Not all the guys here are willing to sing (or have other people to sing) for their fiancées, though.A very nice Italian tradition that if you want something Italian for your wedding I think you should opt for are “confetti” and “bomboniere”.“Confetti” (pronounced somewhat like “con-fai-ttee”, the stress is in bold) are sugared almonds, white for weddings, put in odd number (usually five) inside a small sacket (usually made of tulle) and given not only to the invitees but also to your neighbours, vendors, work colleagues. That is, it’s a nice thought that you want to share with people you care of, even if you can’t afford (or you don’t want) to invite them at your wedding. At the bottom of the sacket there is a little folded card with the first names of the bride and groom and with the date of the wedding (I'm not sure about the place). Before, and sometimes still now , “confetti” were available to the wedding guests in a tray with a spoon, while using sachets is a way to let everyone taste them and do it more hygenically avoiding dust. It’s said that they bring good luck to the people who receives them and to the people who eat them. If you’re interested in them I can give you further informations. “Bomboniere” are favors, gifts given out on special occasions, in this case a wedding, to the guests. While a sachet of “confetti” should be given to every single person, “bomboniere” (pronounced “bom-bon-nee-a-rray”, the stress is in bold) should be given to every couple or family invited at the wedding reception (we sometimes say one per envelope but it depends) and to anyone who buys you a present, even if he/she was not invited. “Bomboniere” are always accompanied by “confetti”. In Italy wedding “witnesses” (2 or 4) receive “bomboniere” which are more precious than the ones for the other guests. If I can give you a suggestion take your time to choose a nice item since it would become a keepsake of your special day.A beautiful Italian dress is another option. Plus, if you could get to Italy before the wedding you could get Italian 18 kt gold wedding bands.Then you could include some Italian food at your wedding reception, even something simple. In this case you could ask your caterer if they could arrange something either Italian and Irish. The first Irish (food) thing that comes to my mind is slices of Irish soda bread spread with salted butter and smoked salmon. Very simple and very Irish!!! Perfect at, or before, the start of the meal (it depends on how they are going to manage it). And if you would like your wedding to have something Irish don’t forget to include something with claddagh and shamrocks!!!We have also horsehoe in Italy, I'm not sure if we use it for weddings, but it's considered quite pagan here.You have plenty of choice.
It's very nice of you honoring your and your fiancé's ancestors, I'm sure you're a thoughtful person.