Congratulations on your engagement! Now that you’ve spent some time thinking about your wedding day, the next step is to plan your pre-wedding rituals. Below, we offer some advice.
It wouldn’t be a wedding without a bachelorette party with your closest friends and family. It is a common misconception that you have to get drunk or spend the night in bars; you could trade that in for a day at a spa, a couple of nights away on a girly trip to Las Vegas, or even a night in front of the TV with face masks, some popcorn, and a takeaway pizza. Bliss!
Night before wedding dinner
Bringing together both families for dinner the night before the wedding is something else that you might want to try. The idea is that you can properly get to know your mother-in-law to be and give everyone a chance to mingle so that, when the wedding ceremony takes place in the morning, there’s no awkwardness. Be careful not to get too carried away when having a drink – you want to be able to wake up on your wedding day without feeling totally hungover!
One Celtic wedding tradition that has survived is handfasting. The ceremony, originally, was designed to declare the couple’s intention to marry, in a similar way to an engagement party or Facebook post. The druid would tie the couple together and then declare them engaged to marry. The engagement would then last for a year, and the couple would live together. If they weren’t happy at the end of the year, they could dissolve their handfast and would move onto their next partner. Today, handfasting can be done on the day of the wedding so that you can “tie the knot” before the ceremony commences. Check out this amazing infographic from Claddagh Rings offering further insights on Celtic wedding traditions you might include.
If you’re getting married away from home, it might make sense to have the bride staying in one hotel and the groom in another. This reduces the chances of you bumping into your other half the night before your big day, which can be considered back luck in some parts of the world. Then, on the day of your wedding, guests can check into their hotel and you can celebrate your wedding with your new partner in the honeymoon suite. Prepare a bag with your essentials a few days beforehand that your other half can take to the hotel with them.
There you have it. Whatever you choose to get up to pre-wedding, we hope that you have a fantastic time. Don’t drink too much, stay with your loved ones, and get ready for the best day of your life. We wish you the very best of luck and will congratulate you in advance!