Celtic engagement rings are not just popular among those of Irish heritage, although it is the meaning behind the Celtic engagement rings that makes them a choice for many couples.
Celtic Irish Promise Rings
Unlike other engagement rings the Celtic Irish promise rings do not have expensive diamonds as the central feature of the ring. Instead the Claddagh is first step in the beginning of an Irish wedding. This Celtic engagement ring brings with it a special promise that goes far beyond attraction and infatuation. The Irish Claddagh is a symbol of promise and engagement but also has the added meaning of friendship.
Taking the second promise ring meaning into account – friendship – Celtic rings make a great familygift or a special friend. The ring can be fashioned out of yellow or white gold and symbolize a promise for future marriage or a promise to always remain close friends – or even better, it can represent both at the same time.
Irish Wedding Traditions
Beyond the giving of the Claddagh ring or the Celtic engagement ring, there are several other Irish wedding traditions. For example, many Irish weddings have a special cake and the singing of the Irish Wedding Song. It is also believed that getting married on the last day of the old year is a lucky time and will bring many added blessings to the new couple.
A tradition where the bride and groom run away is still carried out in many weddings in the form of the couple taking off in a car to begin their honeymoon. In 18th and 19th Century Ireland the couple would stay away for a few days, then meet up with friends and family at the bride’s parent’s house before going to their own home to begin life together.
In the old days, most Irish weddings were arranged based on the economic or social benefits. Friends and family were the primary people involved in helping the couple to meet and father’s even arranged weddings and negotiated the woman’s dowry that would accompany her on her wedding day. Not many of these prearranged weddings take place, but friends and family are still a very big part of the Irish wedding. The strongest lasting tradition of times gone by is still the design of the Celtic engagement rings.