February 12, 2019

9 Irish Wedding Traditions 

Ensure your wedding day has plenty of Irish charm by including some Irish wedding traditions that have been around for centuries. There are lots of ways to celebrate your nationality or your heritage during your wedding ceremony or in the celebrations around the big day without any signs of leprechuans or pots of gold!

Ceremony Irish Wedding Traditions

1. Handfasting: Ever wonder where the phrase ‘tying the knot’ originated from? Handfasting is an ancient Celtic tradition where the couple come together at the beginning of their marriage and hold right hand to right hand then left hand to left hand with their wrists crossed over and the handfasting ribbon is wound around their wrists and over their hands. Couple today choose colours that represent them, perhaps their sports team or school colours. It's also a great way to get kids involved by including them in a handfasting ceremony.

2. As Gaeilge: Include some Irish language as part of your day. Perhaps use Irish table numbers or include the words for love {Gra}, Friendship {Cairdeas} and family {Clann}. I included the order of the day in Irish aswell as English and Spanish for our wedding guests.

3. Poetry: Ireland, a land of saint and scholars and home to many a famous Irish poet from James Joyce to W.B. Yeats there is something for every aspiring wordsmith. Scaffolding by Seamus Heaney is a firm favourite at Irish weddings and an Irish wedding tradition that shouldn't be lost. "So if, my dear, there sometimes seem to be Old bridges breaking between you and me Never fear. We may let the scaffolds fall Confident that we have built our wall."

4. Music: Music like poetry is something that goes hand in hand with Irish culture and heritage. There are lots of ways to include the art of Irish music in a tasteful way. Consider a harpist for your ceremony (a harp is the national symbol of Ireland), a great way to entertain guests would be to have an Irish Dancing group perform after dinner or consider an Irish traditional band for the reception music. Ceol agus Craic guaranteed!

Irish Wedding Reception Traditions 

5. Irish Design: How about an Irish Wedding Dress designer like House of Delphine:Delphine Grandjouan is a French-born, Irish-bred Fashion Designer based in Ireland. Or Sharon Huey: The Sharon Hoey Bridal range is entirely Irish made in her Dublin studio, hand-crafted with the finest fabrics. If your budget doesn't stretch or you have a gown already picked perhaps check out The Lovely Little Labels range of T-Shirts and Sweaters. This is a unique design to The Lovely Little Label, the t-shirts were lovingly hand designed and screen printed in Ireland on cotton. The elements of the design include a heart for love, a horse shoe for good luck, an olive branch for friendship and a shamrock for some Irish lucky charm.

6. Horseshoe: A symbol of good luck, the lucky horseshoe should be displayed pointing up to prevent the luck from running out. As an Irish Wedding Tradition 

7. Child Of Prague: If you haven't grown up in Ireland this one might confuse you. What's the Story with the Child of Prague? Superstition dictates that if you put the Child of Prague in the garden before your wedding, you'll be blessed with glorious sunshine for your big day. While the idea of placing a gilded baby in your back garden might seem entirely random, it's only natural that this little guy has become synonymous with Irish weddings, as the very first Child of Prague statue was given as a wedding present!You can read more about the infamous little statue over on One Fab Day

8. A Claddagh Ring: First produced in the 17th century, the design is linked back to the fishing village of Claddagh near Galway. A claddagh could be used as a wedding ring or gifted to your bridal party. The Claddagh consists of two hands holding a crowned heart, representing love, friendship and loyalty in Irish mythology.

9. St Patricks Day: Get married on St. Patricks day! (March 17th) Throwing a St. Patrick’s Day wedding is the perfect chance for brides to unite Irish culturewith a sophisticated take on a fun-filled day.  If you want to keep things traditional, then an Irish Shamrock green would be your go-to choice, but understated shades of  mint or sage can modernize your event significantly & make it classy, cultured and undeniably creative! Maybe don't add any green to your dress but nod to your Irishness by wearing some emerald drop earrings. 

If none of those suggestions float your boat, why not have an Irish themed hen or bachelorette party. I once went on a hen party to Budapest over St. Patricks weekend and had an amazing time celebrating our Irishness in a city was not celebrating :P 


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