With St. Patrick’s Day only two days away, we wanted to spread some Irish luck with a post on Irish wedding traditions! We all know that one person who will be attending our wedding that thinks they are the Lord of the Dance, but with these Irish wedding traditions they can actually claim that title!
“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.”
Dame Curtsey’s by Ellye Howell Glover
The Claddagh Ring
This is one of the most recognizable Irish symbols that represents love, loyalty, and friendship. Traditionally, this ring is to be handed down from mother to daughter on her wedding day to be used as the wedding ring. It is said to be improper to buy this ring for yourself, so this is the perfect something old.
Wedding Toasts and Blessings
Mead is traditional Irish wedding drink, the wedding party should fill their glasses high and recite the famous Irish toast. We even have a great meadery right here in NH, try out Moonlight Meadery!
“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.”
The father of the bride should also consider kicking off the night with this heartwarming blessing to the couple:
May your mornings bring joy and your evenings bring peace.
May your troubles grow few as your blessings increase.
May the saddest day of your future
Be no worse than the happiest day of your past.
May your hands be forever clasped in friendship
And your hearts joined forever in love.
Your lives are very special,
God has touched you in many ways.
May his blessings rest upon you
And fill all your coming days.
How to Have the Ultimate Irish Wedding
Literally, tie the knot with the handfasting ceremony; the hands of the bride and groom are tied together to symbolize the joining of husband and wife.
Bring this old Irish saying to life with corned beef, potato soup, and lots of Guinness, Bailey’s, and Jameson.
“An Irishman is never drunk as long as he can hold onto one blade of grass and not fall off the face of the earth.” Sláinte!
For some extra luck
Carry a horseshoe and/or Irish lace
Make sure you have your something blue
Lock the door to make sure the ceremony goes through
Wear your hair in braids for power and luck
As always, utilize shamrocks!
The perfect flowers to have:
English lavender for love and devotion
Carry wildflowers or wear a wildflower crown
Add the sweet touch of an Irish wedding cake; fruitcake made with honey and soaked in Irish whiskey, frosted with a sweet glaze.
And of course, incorporate lots of Irish music and get ceilidh dance lessons to become the real Lord of the Dance!