Irish Wedding Bells
Most people have been to receptions where guests tap on drinking glasses until the newly married couple kisses. At some wedding receptions, guests find small bells placed at their tables. These bells are rung to encourage the couple to share a kiss. The bells are also used for guests to ring in a toast. Historically, bells were used to keep evil spirits away and to restore harmony in family life. Today, brides often carry bridal bouquets in which small bells have been placed. The bells are a reminder to the couple that their wedding vows are sacred.