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Wedding Superstitions - Ringing bells

Laura, on April 17, 2018 at 11:05 AM Posted in Etiquette and Advice 0 30
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How much do you buy into this wedding superstition ?

It's an Irish tradition to ring bells at a wedding to keep evil spirits away and ensure a harmonious family life. Some brides even attach small bells to their bouquets, some incorporate bells into their receptions by having guests ring bells to cue the newlyweds to kiss, and some attach bells to ribbon wands for the grand exit.

Are you using bells on your wedding day?


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30 Comments

  • Stephanie
    Devoted July 2018
    Stephanie ·
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    I have never heard of this, we probably won't.
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  • Michelle
    VIP September 2018
    Michelle ·
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    I agree, I guess I never realized there was a superstition behind it!
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  • Mrsbdg
    Champion August 2017
    Mrsbdg ·
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    I never realized it was a superstition. We had bells on the table to get people to get us to kiss. Our CC recommended it because clinking glassware with silverware can lead to cracking glasses which we would have to pay for.

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  • MrsV1027
    Master October 2018
    MrsV1027 ·
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    I've never heard of this so nope no bells for us

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  • PrincessLawrence
    VIP June 2018
    PrincessLawrence ·
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    I have considered as I am irish. I think there is bells on the wands that our bridal party will have

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  • A
    Devoted March 2019
    Amanda ·
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    I hadn't heard of this one, but I might actually do it!
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  • CarrieAndBert
    Expert June 2018
    CarrieAndBert ·
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    We are having bells but not because of superstition. Kisses kisses kisses.
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  • KarenO
    Master June 2018
    KarenO ·
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    I never heard of it, but it sounds like a nice superstition. FH is Irish, and I'm part Irish, so maybe we'll do it.

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  • Kaylyn
    Super May 2019
    Kaylyn ·
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    I don’t believe this one, and I don’t think I’ll be having any bells at my wedding
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  • Brianna
    VIP May 2018
    Brianna ·
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    I'm part Irish, and I've never heard of this. We probably won't follow this because I can't think of a good way to incorporate bells.

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  • O
    Master October 2017
    O ·
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    No bells, I had bought some, and didn't end up using them because I quickly realized how annoying that sound would be.
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  • Happy Hedgie
    VIP September 2018
    Happy Hedgie ·
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    Nope! I'm not familiar with this tradition but, the sound of bells ringing would drive me nuts.

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  • Mmssecrets
    Devoted March 2019
    Mmssecrets ·
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    Never heard of this and I probably won't include bells in my wedding.
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  • Mrs. Sponge
    Master April 2018
    Mrs. Sponge ·
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    I wish I had know this sooner! FH and I wanted to incorporate a little of both of our heritages into our ceremonies. FH is Jewish and will be breaking a glass at the end of the ceremony. We were going to do a handfasting ceremony since I'm Irish but I cut it to keep our ceremony shorter. This would of been cute as we walked out.

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  • Xandria
    VIP December 2018
    Xandria ·
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    I've thought about this. My mom did bells for people to ring, we might but it sounds kind of noisy. I like the in the bouquet though! Maybe we'll do something like that.

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  • Liana
    VIP March 2017
    Liana ·
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    Never heard of this so no we didn't have this.

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  • SoKatiiee
    Devoted June 2018
    SoKatiiee ·
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    Never heard of this one either- but no, we wont have bells. Smiley smile

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  • Brenda
    Devoted May 2018
    Brenda ·
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    Never heard of this. There won’t be bells.
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  • BB-H
    VIP September 2018
    BB-H ·
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    I never knew there was a superstition behind it, or even that it was Irish! I had wanted to have bells on the table to encourage a kiss, and now I think I'm really sold on it. Not necessarily because of superstition but because it's Irish.

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  • P
    Super January 2019
    PalmTrees ·
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    I don’t believe it’ll keep evil spirits away but i think it sounds pretty cool!
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