A wedding is a time to celebrate connections — to each other and to our roots. And whether you call yourself a Celt or just fell in love with Ireland on a long ago vacation, incorporating Irish traditions into your wedding will make the celebration that much more memorable.
Even the most modern couples take a moment to acknowledge tradition when planning their wedding ceremony, whether it’s in the Irish blessings and toasts, wedding attire, or even whiskey.
And there is a wealth of Irish traditions to chose from when planning a wedding. Start with the color: Blue — not green! — is the traditional choice for Irish weddings, representing purity. End with the music: Uilleann pipes, which are similar to Scottish bagpipes, lend just the proper fanfare for the wedding party’s departure from the ceremony.
Irish wedding gifts and wedding registries are a wonderful way to pass along family traditions, from well-established china patterns to cutting-edge Irish crystal.
Many of today’s common wedding rituals trace their origins to Irish culture. The term “honeymoon,” for example, stems from Celtic tradition. In old times, the bride and groom spent the first month of marriage drinking a honey meade. This was thought to keep the fairies, who were drawn to beautiful things, from taking off with the bride.