Irish Wedding Traditions

Ireland is a land of faery landscapes, rich folklore and great superstition. The old wedding traditions on the Emerald Isle have been preserved over the years and they continue to inspire brides not only in Ireland but from all over the world. If you are interested in the culture or folklore of this country or you simply want something different for your Big Day, you can use some of the following Irish wedding traditions!

Irish Wedding Traditions, customs, getting married in Ireland

Irish Wedding Traditions, customs, getting married in Ireland

Wedding Dress in Blue

In the Irish tradition, the bride wears a blue wedding gown. The reason for this is that in Ireland this colour stands for purity.

Wildflowers

In the past, brides from the Emerald Isle carried a bouquet of wildflowers and herbs. Also, instead of a veil they used to put wildflowers in their hair.

Harp Music

The harp is one of the symbols of Ireland. That is why this musical instrument is also the national emblem of the country. At every traditional Irish wedding there is a harpist who plays throughout the ceremony, the banquet and the celebrations.

Magic Hanky

This is a symbol of fertility and it is usually incorporated in the wedding gown. The bride can also carry the hanky in her sleeve or with her bouquet. After the wedding, the bride makes a christening bonnet from the magic hanky for her first child.

Braids

In Ireland, many brides used to have braided hair at their wedding. They tied lace or ribbons in them. An interesting fact is that the braided hair is another symbol in this European country. In ancient times, people from Ireland used to see braids as a sign of luck and feminine power.

Bells

In this Irish tradition, the bride and the groom are given a bell as a wedding gift. Irish people believed that the bell chime could scare evil spirits. Also, it had the power to remind the wedded couple of their vows.

Handfasting

This tradition dates back to Celtic times. The bride and the groom hold their hands while keeping their wrists crossed. A ribbon is placed around their wrists and its purpose is to connect the couple in the infinity. The popular phrase “to tie the knot” comes exactly from this Irish tradition!

Finally, if you want to have a truly Irish wedding, then get married on St. Patrick’s Day, which in Ireland is considered to be the luckiest day of the year!