With Saint Patrick’s Day just around the corner, we’re rolling out our favorite Irish traditions you can incorporate into your wedding!
Centuries ago in Ireland, the most popular day to get married on was Sunday. As time changed this soon became frowned upon. Now, almost all are now celebrated on Saturday with weddings planned years in advance. The Irish also have a marriage song to go along with their beliefs on their traditions of weddings.
Marry when the year is new, always loving, kind, and true.
When February birds do mate, you may wed, nor dread your fate.
If you wed when March winds blow, joy and sorrow both you’ll know.
Marry in April when you can, joy for maiden and for man.
Marry in the month of May, you will surely rue the day.
Marry when June roses blow, over land and sea you’ll go.
They who in July do wed, must labor always for their bread.
Whoever wed in August be, many a change are sure to see.
Marry in September’s shine, your living will be rich and fine.
If in October you do marry, love will come but riches tarry.
If you wed in bleak November, only joy will come, remember.
When December’s rain fall fast, marry and true love will last.
Handfasting is an ancient Celtic tradition where the couple has their hands tied together before their wedding day comes! This is said to be a time where the couple can see if they truly wish to commit to their promises in marriage. This is now done on the actual wedding day as part of a unity ceremony during the wedding.
From early traditions, a toast to the couple wasn’t with some bubbly champagne but with Poteen, a very strong whiskey made from potatoes. This was made from various recipes from various different villages.
The luck of the Irish! The tradition of the horseshoe is well known throughout Ireland’s history of wedding traditions. The newlyweds would place the horseshoe upright over a door or in a room inside the couple’s house to bring good luck upon the house.
‘His goose is cooked’! This expression is still used in Ireland and also in Dublin today. This tradition is originated from the tradition of cooking a goose for the groom and bride in their home the night before the wedding.
Still very common today the Claddagh ring is a very traditional part of an Irish wedding most often worn by the groom. The ring being faced forward before the wedding then turned inwards after the wedding bonding of the newlyweds. So romantic!
With these hands I give you my heart, and I crown it with my love