Kim Doherty
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Celebration Bags for Weddings, Engagements, Anniversaries, Birthdays….


Recently my brother and I were organising the celebrations for our parents’ Golden (50th) Wedding Anniversary.  I wanted to do something a bit different from the traditional large card or register for guests to sign and write their good wishes.  So, the Celebration Bag was born.  These bags are individually made and embroidered with a design of your choice, your wishes and the name/s of the Bride & Groom in the case of Weddings;  the couple in the case of Engagements & Anniversaries;  the person whose Birthday you are celebrating;  or even the person who has passed away and whose life you are celebrating.  You just provide pieces of notepaper (in the case of my parent’s anniversary, I printed the paper with the same design as the invitations), the guests write their message and put it in the bag.  The guest/s of honour then keep a bag of good wishes!  Of course, the bag can be used for other things as well.  As this bag was for a Golden Anniversary, it is made from gold coloured cotton velvet, lined with pale gold satin. It is embroidered on the upper lining with a congratulatory message for the couple, and on the lining base with “50yrs”.  The outside is embroidered front & back with a Claddagh in 3 shades of gold.  The Claddagh is a traditional Irish symbol often used for wedding or engagement or love rings. It depicts 2 hands clasping a heart surmounted by a crown.  It symbolises the qualities of love (heart), friendship (hands) and loyalty (crown).  The Claddaghs are joined around the circumference with embroidered knotwork.  It is finished with gold cord & gold metal beads.  The dimensions are 22cm (8.7″) high & 20cm (7.8″) around the circumference.  As these bags are bespoke, you choose colours, designs, size, wording;  everything that is appropriate for your Wedding, Engagement, Anniversary, Birthday, or whatever the celebration occasion.