Celtic dresses conjure up images of ancient times. The historical look of these gowns make them appropriate for history lovers and romantics alike. And if you are planning a theme wedding and just enjoy the idea of wearing a dress that is a little unconventional for modern America, a Celtic wedding dress may be the perfect choice.
Shape of the Celtic Dress
The traditional Celtic wedding gown is full-length with a flowing train. The bodice is relaxed and may tie up the back with elegant silk ribbon that trails down. With a full skirt, the Celtic gown is flattering on every body type. The sleeves are usually long and tight at the top but taper down to create a bell shape with draping fabric. For a modern twist to the Celtic dress, brides may choose to wear a stunning strapless dress or a dress with cap sleeves. This is an especially good idea for weddings that take place in warmer climates.
One important aspect of a Celtic dress is the Celtic knots incorporated into the design. These knots, which were first designed by the Celts centuries ago, look more like a stylized design than a knot. They have no beginnings or ends, and symbolize everlasting love and eternity. Celtic knots have a wide variety of looks, from simple circles or rectangles to much more intricate designs incorporating hearts or animal shapes. Some brides have a Celtic knot embroidered onto the bodice of their gowns with beautiful platinum or gold thread. Others may choose to incorporate the design onto satin ribbon that highlights the front or sides of the gown. This contrasting ribbon is quite striking when played against a complementary color.
What color should you choose for your dress? Snow white is always a wonderful choice for any bridal gown, as is a creamy off-white gown or a dress of pale ivory. Bolder colors are also popular choices for traditional Celtic gowns. Blue was originally considered to be the color of purity and is still a stunning choice for brides today. Think deep royal or navy blue. A gown of rich green or royal purple are also wonderful choices.
For fabric, consider rich velvet or crushed velvet. Also popular are opulent silk brocades or synthetic brocades. The bell sleeves of the dress may be made from a more transparent material such as sheer organza.
Instead of a Veil...
Instead of a veil, Celtic brides should wear a wreath of beautiful, fragrant, fresh flowers in their hair. Small-yet-elegant gold or silver tiaras are also appropriate and symbolize royalty.
Your Celtic wedding dress is the perfect way to pay homage to your ancestors of long ago, or to pretend, for just a day, that you are a true Celtic bride.