Oh, the luck of the Irish: Finding a mate, falling in love, and getting married to their soulmate. This calls for an Irish wedding! But in order to have an Irish wedding, you have to know what the Irish do at the wedding.
It’s not just about getting married, but creating a very memorable event for both the bride and groom, and the rest of those witnessing.
Irish Wedding Traditions
Irish weddings have special, unique traditions apart from the traditional American wedding. Every culture has special traditions when it comes to getting married but here, we are focusing on the Irish wedding traditions.
Some of these traditions are:
- The horseshoe: Ever wonder why there is a horseshoe in your Lucky Charms? This may just be because of this Irish wedding tradition. It was thought that a horseshoe meant good luck. Brides can either carry the well-decorated horseshoe, or they can wear one made for their wrist.
- Wearing green: Probably not an option for the bride, unless she's an adventurous lass, but dress your bridal party in an emerald shade and invite your guests to dress in their best green!
- The Irish Wedding Song and Celtic tunes: You can have an Irish wedding without setting the right mood! There are many good songs you can play that will surely enchant your guests!
- Drinking mead: Mead is a wine made with honey and is commonly consumed at wedding receptions as it is thought to boost virility. Ever wonder why the post-wedding vacation is called a honeymoon? Well some say it has to do with this tradition as not only is the consumed at the reception, but it is consumed for a full month by the bride and groom after the wedding.
- Readings: Whether a member of the bridal party is reading one during the ceremony, or you wish to say one in a speech at the reception, readings are a terrific Irish tradition that can really touch the hearts of everyone present.
Blessings and Prayers
Irish readings are a great way to put across a sweet and powerful message to the bride and groom. There are many common Irish wedding blessings that are said both during ceremonies and at receptions.
Here is three of the most common, but no less beautiful, Irish wedding blessings:
- Wishing you walls for the wind, a roof for the rain, tea beside the fire, laughter to cheer you, those that you love near you, and all that your hearts desire.
- May God be with you and bless you, may you see your children's children. May you be poor in misfortune, but rich in blessings. May you know nothing but happiness from this day forward!
- May the road rise up to meet you. May the wind be always at your back. May the sun shine warm upon your face, the rains fall soft upon your fields and until we meet again my friend, may God hold you in the palm of His hand.
If you wanted to just do a toast to the bride and groom, but want to keep it short and sweet, try taking just a line or two of the blessings, or try these short toasts:
- May the blessings you receive each day be the blessings you need most!
- May the hinges of your marriage never grow rusty!
- May the roof above you never fall in, and may we friends gathered below never fall out!
- May you find a four-leaf clover, and may your cup forever runneth over! (Okay, this isn’t an official Irish wedding blessing, but I tried!)
You can always deviate away from tradition a little bit and make your own blessing for the couple, or to be read in the ceremony, such as the one in number four above.
Just make sure it covey’s a positive message to everyone there to hear it so as to not kill the mood!
To really give your guests the wow effect, especially during the ceremony, have something extra going on during the reading that will further add to the mood, such as the release of white doves, the lighting of unity candles, or the cutting of the cake. Just think about the beautiful memories that would be created!
All-in-all, you really can’t go wrong with the beautiful words of an Irish wedding blessing, no matter which one you choose to say or have said. In any case, good luck to ye!
Funny Irish Jokes for Toasts
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In search of some funny Irish jokes? Well, consider yourself lucky! Have a laugh and a wee bit of fun with this list of 15 funny Irish sayings, jokes, and quotes!
Shelley Watson on February 28, 2014:
Ahh where would we be without our beloved Irish, beautiful accents, lovely ways and the butt of a joke or two. Thank you!