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Ireland has an extraordinary history, rich in the celtic culture. Following on from a millennia in which the Church had crushed the wonderful Irish Celtic traditions, the Irish are now proactively seeking out the "old ways", including returning to the Gaedhelic spelling of their names.

It was the Scots' Irish, who migrated from the north-east of Ireland to the Argyle coast of Scotland to found the Scot's Irish Kingdom of Scotland in 445AD, it they who gave their wonderful traditions to Scotland. The Church never gained control of Scotland, the Pope actually excommunicated them in the days of King Robert the Bruce, so the ancient traditions survived. Many Irish have looked to Scotland to recover those wonderful ways of ceremony.

Some Wonderful & Optional Irish Traditions
You have many choices, all of which are optional, except for the legally required items.
1. Celebrant's Dress
You have the option of Celebrant Philip dressing either as a Druid or in his black suit. It all depends on how adventurous you are.
druid or suit
Some couples want the Druid to lead the procession. Others want him to wait with the groom for the procession to arrive. Everything's optional and great fun.
4. Bell of Truce
bell of truce
The bell resides on the mantle piece and is rung whenever the couple are having "strong words." On ringing, they are both meant to stop, reflect upon their marriage vows, kiss and make-up.
6. Cleansing & Blessing of the Rings
cleansing of rings
Celebrant Philip cleanses away all worldly worries & fears to date, so the rings go to their wearers with a fresh start. The spirit of Love is invoked to bless the rings.

8. Handfasting
Nothing says Irish, or any form of Celtic more than the Tying of The Knot

8. Blessing of The Hands
blessing of hands
Another of Celebrant Philip's deeply emotional rituals. It is not unusual for the bride's father to surrender and have tear on his cheek.

10. Declaration of Marriage
Two options
druid or suit
In his suit - no sword
As Druid, the sword is raised.

2. The Celebrant's Challenge
with Parental or Group Blessing

The procession has arrived. Some couples walk into together, some don't. This is where I fulfil the requirement to say your full names out aloud. I also ask either your parents of your friends to give their blessing to the marriage.

3. Special Introduction
bridal party
In Celebrant Philip's ceremonies, he always introduces the bridal party so, rather than standing there like an unknown, amorphous mass, everyone knows who is who. This really personalises things.

5. Irish Readings
It is common for Irish wedding couples to have a family member deliver a reading, generally in Irish Gaedhelic.

7. Anamchara
The Celebration of Soul Friends

From the pages of Gaedhelic history comes the deeply spiritual Anamchara. Couples who believe their relationship is more than the physical, rather a truly spiritual one, will thrive on this ritual.
9. Setting in Stone of Vows
setting in stone of vows
The ancient tradition of swearing vows or promises over the stone, hence they were set in stone and, therefore, unbreakable.
9. Sealing the Covenant of Marriage
covenant of marriage
The groom transfers his wife's ring from her right hand to her left ring finger.

If the Druid is present, his sword is raised high.
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The Irish Druid
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With Irish, Scottish, and Viking blood coursing through his veins, the Druid, Philip Greentree, will provide a wonderful wedding ceremony replete with ancient traditions. He will swing his sword for the Declaration of Marriage
What MUST your celebrant ensure occurs during the ceremony?

The following are not negotiable
  • The Celebrant's Monitum in which:.

    1. The celebrant must ID them selves.
    2. Read aloud "The Definition of Marriage in Australia."

  • Identify the couple by saying aloud their full names at some stage preferably before the vows.

  • Ensure the required words are said within the vows.

  • Ensure the Marriage Register is signed by the 5 parties to the marriage, which include:

    The Couple, their 2 witnesses aged over 18-years, & the celebrant.

    Naming Your Baby during Your Ceremony

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    Philip has, on numerous occasions, named the couple's child as part of the ceremony. Most of those couples have remarked that it was far more meaningful than having a separate naming ceremony in the backyard at home.
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