In the spirit of St. Patrick’s day, and because I love all things Irish (except potatoes) I decided to put together some fun elements you could incorporate into your wedding. Whether or not you have Irish heritage, I think adding traditions from other cultures is a good way to mix things up a little and celebrate in a unique style.
- The Claddagh ring is probably one of the most recognizable Irish symbols. Designed in the 17th century, the hands, heart, and crown were said to represent friendship, love and loyalty and depending on they way you wore it, whether you were single or in a relationship. A Claddagh ring could be an alternative engagement ring, but they can also be given in friendship, so I think they would make a really cute bridesmaid gift. I like this more modern black version:
- Most grooms probably wouldn’t want to do this unless they were Irish or Scottish, but since I love the look of a guy in a kilt I’m including it anyway. You could even get the whole wedding party in the the fun!
- It goes without saying that what kind of drinks you serve would be a great way to add a little Irish to your wedding, whether you serve Guinness, Irish coffee, or a martini you make up yourself. This is a Bailey’s martini and looks pretty yummy…
- If you’re looking for an alternative to a traditional wedding ceremony, you could use parts of the Celtic Handfasting ceremony. This tradition is where the phrase “tying the knot” came from, because the couples’ hands were tied together with ribbon.
And of course there are many, many more ideas. If you want more inspiration, the Knot is a good place to start with lots of articles and pictures. Happy St. Patrick’s Day!