Monday, February 21, 2011

Your Romantic Ways to Wed?

In the recent posts, I’ve shared some Celtic, Irish, and Scottish wedding traditions. Before sharing some of the more unusual wedding traditions from around the world, I'd like to open up the conversation and hear from you:

• What are your favorite wedding traditions?

• Does your family have a new and fun wedding tradition?

• Did you start a new tradition that your children and grandchildren now follow?

Please comment with your new romantic ideas to tie the knot for anyone who is looking for a novel way to add some spice to their wedding festivities. Romance is never out of date, even if Valentine's Day has passed.

Next time: Unusual wedding traditions from around the world.....

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Have You Sent Your Sweetie a Valentine's Day Greeting?

It's less than a week away, and thoughts of love are in the air. Can you feel it? Valentine's Day is approaching!

If you just can't think of what to say to your sweetheart, send an e-card. It's quick and easy and you can say "I Love You" and whisper sweet nothings in your loved one's ears from the comfort of your computer. And you can even send an e-card that contains my harp music!

Hop on over to Banjo Bunny E-Cards and find something unique to say--in a beautifully unique way--to your honey bunny. Make sure to visit the "Love More" e-card that contains my version of "The Manx Courting Song" from my Haste to the Wedding CD.

May your heart be warmed on Valentine's Day,
Anne :-)

Name That Tune with Anne Roos

I challenged the crew of Good Day Sacramento TV Show  to a game of "Name That Tune" on February 7, 2011 as I plucked out a few notes on my Celtic harp. Watch and play along and learn a bit about the Celtic Harp, too!

Several of my clients have invited me to test their party guests in a game of "Name That Tune", giving away valuable prizes. It's a great interactive way to use live music, instead of just having canned music play in the background. Invite me to perform for your party, wedding, or other shindig--Check out my website for more details.

Cheers and have a wonderful Valentine's Day,
Anne :-)

Sunday, February 6, 2011

More Celtic Wedding Traditions

In the last few posts, I’ve shared some traditions about Irish and Scottish weddings. Here are a few more Celtic wedding traditions:

The Welsh Lovespoon--This may have been an early type fof engagement ring, or perhaps the accesptance of the cared spoon at least meant the beginning of a serious courtship, “going steady”, so to speak. Could this be where the term “spooning” originated? This giving of an elaborate, carved wooden spoon, decorated with keys hearts and balls, origanated in Wales during the 17th century.

The Celtic Love Knot Design--The lines of the Celtic love knot entwined hearts, indicateing theat the two separate lives become one. Other populare knot designes are animals such as the heron, because  the heron mates for life. These designs are used to adorn invitatins, napkins, wrappings for favors, and embroidered into the wedding dress and the bride’s hanky. 

Harvest Love Knots--In Northern Ireland, young men and women would take long braids of straw and twist them into decorative knots to give away as love tokens. When one’s lover accepted a harvest knot, it was assumed that a wedding would follow the next spring. Today, these knots are made with raffie and attorned with flowers and colorful ribbons. They’re used as boutonnieres for the groom, worn int he bride’s haire, attached to the bride’s bouquet, and even used as napkin rings at the wedding reception.

Handfasting--This is a type of Celtic wedding ceremony dating back to the middle Ages, or possibly earlier. Many small villages did not have a local minister or jpriest to perform marriage ceremonies, so couples would perform a handfasting, which legally bound them until someone of the clergy could perform a ceremony. It was a temporary marrieagethat lasted for a year and a day. Handfasting is now included in may wedding ceremonies as a way to honor the couple’s celtic heritage. Their hands are bound together with a cord or a tartan cloth during the vows to show that from that pint foward, they will live and love as one. 

These wedding traditions, and more, can be found in the liner notes of my CD, “Haste to the Wedding” (Copyright©2005 Anne Roos):

“May all your joys be pure joys and all your pain champagne.”
--Traditional Irish Toast

Have your own Celtic wedding traditions to add? Please add a comment or two....Next time: Romantic wedding traditions (new and old) for everyone in honor of St. Valentine’s Day!