March 17th is quickly approaching and with it the classic green beer of St. Patrick’s Day. Green has traditionally been associated with spring and new growth so it is a very appropriate color for your wedding and celebrating your new growth as a couple. Here are some ideas for a St. Patrick’s Day themed wedding.
When you are picking colors for your wedding, green may not be on the top of your list. But, when you are planning a St. Patrick’s Day wedding, green is the best color to use for this theme. The plus side is that there are so many different shades of green to pick from a shamrock green to a dark, hunter green, so finding a shade that looks great on everyone in your bridal party shouldn’t be a problem. You may even want to mix it up and use a bunch of different shades of green that compliment each other. For a more formal wedding, green bridesmaid dresses would be lovely, especially if you incorporated traditional Irish elements like gold ribbons in their hair or bouquets. Shamrocks would make festive boutonnières for the groom and his men. Or if you prefer a more casual affair, perhaps you could dress as Irish fairies and leprechauns with airy gowns, green jackets, and buckled top hats.
When you are choosing a design for your wedding invitations, you may want to go with a Celtic knot or cross as the focal point of the design. You could also incorporate the Celtic knot or cross into the rest of your ceremony maybe in a wax seal for your programs, or as the decoration for your wedding cake. You may be able to find some napkin holders that have a symbol of the knot or cross on them. However, you choose to use it, it is definitely one of those extra little details that will pull everything together.
When selecting the music for your ceremony, some traditional Irish music would be a perfect touch to your special day. Not only is Irish music romantic and beautiful, but also its instrumental ballads will add just the right touch to take your St. Patrick’s Day wedding from clash to class.
Irish wedding blessings are similar to Irish readings. Some can be shortened versions of Irish readings. Blessings can be said at any time throughout the traditional Irish wedding day. Sometimes the mother of the bride or groom will say a short blessing before the ceremony in the privacy of family and friends.
A friend or family member may include a blessing in a toast or speech after the wedding. Frequently, the couple chooses an Irish wedding blessing to include on their wedding program or a small card that guests receive upon entering the church.
When choosing the foods for your reception, don’t feel like you have to go all out with the green food coloring. Why not take a different approach and serve traditional Irish dishes such as Irish stew, bacon and cabbage, coddle, bread pudding, and soda bread. Of course, no Irish wedding celebration would be complete without the Guiness!
When you are decorating you could use greenery, white Christmas lights, and candles. This is sure to set the right mood for your ceremony and reception. Don’t be afraid to use colors like white and yellow to help contrast the green, and to incorporate those colors into your floral arrangements. Maybe you and your groom could stand in front of a huge Celtic cross wrapped in greenery and Christmas lights while you say your vows? Whatever you choose, don’t be afraid to get creative and do some research to pull lots of ideas from traditional Irish weddings.
Wedding favor ideas for a St. Patrick’s day wedding easily come to mind. Gold foil coins in small caldrons or tulle bags are a simple yet fitting favor. Or in keeping with the idea of the “luck of the Irish” you could “give guests a lucky, rabbit foot’s key chain.” Small clay pots spray painted gold with shamrock or clover seeds are another clever idea. Or if you prefer you could give your guests a rainbow – a bag of colorful jelly beans, mints, or M&Ms. Another great idea for wedding favors would be to purchase some potted four-leaf clovers and put your names and wedding date on the side to give to your guests as they leave. This is something they can take home and plant and it symbolizes your growing love for each other.
Consider Celtic-style wedding bands. They are used by some people claiming Irish or Scottish descent. This style of wedding band will often be engraved or embossed with a Celtic knot design, which is meant to symbolize oneness and continuity. Sometimes a Claddagh design is also used to symbolize fidelity.
There is also the Celtic Knot. The ancient Celts based their artwork on geometric shapes, and it is estimated that there are eight basic pattern types. Although the exact meaning of Celtic Knotwork is not known, the patterns are commonly considered as representations of the way that life interconnects in an endless cycle.
May the light of friendship guide your paths together. May the laughter of children grace the halls of your home. May the joy of living for one another trip a smile from your lips, A twinkle from your eye. May the Spirit of Love find a dwelling place in your hearts ~an Irish Blessing