If you are lucky enough to get a proposal on St Patrick’s Day you might want to have something of an Irish theme to your wedding day. A good starting point would be to have green as the colour theme as there are so many shades, it will be easy to find one that you and your partner agree on! There are traditional elements that you can choose such as horseshoes trimmed with green ribbon, greenery to decorate the church or venue, bells, harps or shamrocks as motifs or even a traditional Irish Claddagh style wedding ring symbolising Love, Friendship and Loyalty.
Irish music such as a Ceilidh band would be great for the reception or perhaps a harpist playing whilst the register is signed as the harp was the national symbol associated with Ireland.
Look for unusual green stems for the bride’s bouquet or include Bells of Ireland which is not strictly a flower but is a very decorative plant with green trumpet shaped heads with white centres or flowers on some varieties which look like the clappers of the bell, hence the name.
For the wedding veil or head-dress brides could have a garland of wildflowers, traditionally including lavender, or have green gemstones on the tiara or veil. If the bride has a braided section in her hair this also symbolises power and luck. The main thing to remember is that she should not put on her veil or head-dress herself as this is thought to be very unlucky.
Traditional Irish verses or toasts could be made as part of the speeches, such as the following little verse “May you always have walls for the wind, and a roof for the rain, and drinks beside the fire. Laughter to cheer you and those you love near you, and all that your heart may desire!”
or this “For each petal on the shamrock this brings a wish your way. Good health, good luck, and happiness for today and every day”
Couples could also consider putting Irish linen, Waterford crystal, a china bell or tall flute shaped glasses on their wedding list as these are considered to be lucky, memorable or long lasting – the same things that couples are seeking from their married life. Whatever you decide to have on your special day, choose the things that are most meaningful for you both and have fun planning your perfect wedding.