Irish Wedding Traditions  

Irish Wedding Traditions

There are various traditions in Irish wedding being observed since centuries and still these are observed. An effort is made here to make you acquainted with these Irish wedding traditions
 
Claddagh Ring
 
The ring is named so according a village name in the western Ireland and handed over by mother of the bride to her daughter. It is used as engagement as well as wedding ring. It is worn differently and on the engagement and wedding day. 
 
Irish Wedding Toast
 
This is a custom in Irish weddings to surround the newlywed couple by the wedding party members who are equipped with filled glasses of mead. The couple thanks them for being there and express their gratitude. So, guests express their wishes for well-being of the couple. The recitations by the couple are known as Irish wedding Toasts.  
 
Irish Wedding Dresses 
 
The bridal dresses in Ireland are similar to that of Western world. But, single important feature of Irish wedding dresses is that the bride necessarily has a Irish lace incorporated in her gown or veil. 
 
Bagpipes and Kilts
 
If you are attending an Irish wedding, you will be surprised to find so many bagpipes singing the tunes of ‘Highland Fling’ or ‘Stack of Barley’. You will be mesmerised that they look as good as they sing in Celtic kilts. 
 
The Month of Honey
 
It is month when the newlywed couple (after marriage) celebrate by drinking mead (a brew made of fermented honey). It is celebrated on the full moon after wedding. It is done to start a new beginning of the life (after marriage). It is believed that it brings powers of fertility and virility. 
 
Best Day for Marriage
 
In olden days, Sunday was assumed to be the most auspicious day of marriage. It was due to Sunday being a holiday and no inconvenience was caused to guests in marriage ceremonies. But with the passage of time, the marriages are held on the weekdays except Saturday. The weddings are planned in advance so that the guests can be informed about the venue and reception etc. 
 
Hand fasting - Tying the Knot
 
The hands of the couple getting married are tied together. It is done on the wedding day. It involves the arrangements of candles, rocks, crystals, a ribbon, a broomstick, marriage documents, a silver box and many other items.
 
Wedding Day Rituals
 
On the wedding day the bride is attended by her bridesmaids. They prepare her for the wedding. A melodious music is played when she reaches the church. The groom arrives before the bride at the church. The bride’s father takes her to the marriage aisle. After the wedding the couple is presented Irish blessing wedding rings. After that the couple leaves for the reception venue. 
 
Reception 
 
The reception takes place in hotels or restaurants booked for the purpose. Sometimes it is held at the house of the couple. After the dinner the couple make their speeches and thank to the guests. It ends with a traditional toast to the happy couple. 
 

 

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