Wedding Bells

Aside from the chimes of the church bells in many cultures it has been a belief that sound disperses evil or negative spirits. In ceremonies of old in Ireland, the congregation were given small bells to ring during the marriage rites. The tradition has crept into modern times with the inclusion of bells worn as charms on jewellery and used in table decorations. Some couples now walk down the aisle to the sound of their guests ringing small bells to send them on their way.