Saint Patrick’s Day is Saturday and it has us feeling lucky! Whether you have a strong Irish heritage or are just looking for some unique touches to add to the big day, here are 10 Irish Wedding Traditions we love!
1: Claddagh Ring
The Claddagh ring is one of the most well-known Irish wedding traditions. This ring is usually passed down from mother to daughter or grandmother to granddaughter, the ring represents love, friendship, and loyalty. Single ladies wear the ring on their right hand with the point of the heart facing the fingertip. When in a relationship, the ring is flipped around so that the point faces the wrist, symbolizing that her heart has been captured. And when the woman becomes engaged, the ring is moved over to her left hand, with the point of the heart facing the fingertips. The ring is flipped around at the wedding.
2: The Date
According to ancient Irish tradition, weddings should not get married between May and August.
Ever wonder where we get the saying “tie the knot”? This is an ancient Celtic tradition where the hands of the bride and groom are tied together during the ceremony to represent the joining of the couple.
4: Incorporate a Horseshoe
The irish are known to be Lucky, but If you want to add an extra bit of luck to the big day find a way to incorporate a horseshoe into the wedding. Use it as part of your décor, a piece of jewelry or even in your bouquet. But just make sure it is facing up, else your lick might just run out!
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5: English Lavender
This is one of the most popular flower choices for weddings in Ireland. Not only is it beautiful, but it also represents love and devotion.
We love the classic elegant sound of the harp, and it was also the national emblem of Ireland until the end of the 19th century. Have the harpist play traditional Irish Music as guests are seated.
7: Wear a braid!
Braids are one of the top hair trends for brides and bridesmaids right now! Who knew that briads are also a symbol of power and luck according to Irish Tradition!
8: Toast the Irish way.
Start off your reception with a traditional Irish Toast and a glass of mead.
The toast reads: “Friends and relatives, so fond and dear, ’tis our greatest pleasure to have you here. When many years this day has passed, fondest memories will always last. So we drink a cup of Irish mead and ask God’s blessing in your hour of need.” The guests respond: “On this special day, our wish to you, the goodness of the old, the best of the new. God bless you both who drink this mead, may it always fill your every need.”
9: Irish Lace
We LOVE lace when it comes to a wedding day look and Irish lace is gorgeous. Try to incorporate this fine lace into your look somehow, weather it be on the gown, in your veil or used as fabric on the bouquet. Your options are endless!
Want to stray away from the typical chicken and steak meals we see at every wedding? Add some Irish flair to your menu with corned beef and cabbage. Make sure you have plenty of whiskey as well!
Sources: The Knot and BridalGuide