Irish wedding vows are not only valuable for the
locals of Ireland, but also for those wanting to retain or reconnect
with there heritage. Nationalities world over have their unique
traditional marriage customs that have been passed from generation
to generation and the Irish just as creative and imaginative as
Irish folklore is so rich in its traditions and customs that it
would be shame not to draw upon such a well of creative ideas and
ignore your Irish heritage.
With just a little bit of historical research on wedding traditions
of the Irish, you can plan a traditional Irish wedding ceremony
that will be everything you have dreamed of and more.
And, two things that cannot be omitted when planning an Irish wedding
ceremony is the sound of the bagpipes and the Irish music. When
it comes the bagpipes, you could hire an Irish uilleann piper to
lead the procession as it will give that special emerald feel to
If you are planning an Irish wedding ceremony, it is also important
to consider the date when you will start of your marriage bliss,
as according to the Irish tradition some days are luckier then others.
And, while Tuesday before the Lent, St. Patrick's Day, Christmas
and New Year's Day are all considered to be especially lucky, the
luckiest day to exchange your Irish wedding vows is on December
31st. This means the bride and groom will wake up and start a new
life together on the first day of the New Year.
There are a number of customs that are incorporated into an Irish
wedding ceremony, such as a magic hanky that the bride wears as
it can be turned into a christening bonnet for the first baby. Also,
the bride can carry a lucky horseshoe (turned up so that the luck
will not run out). There are Irish dancers and music to consider
as it can add a wonderful touch of Irish folklore.
The bride can even wear or a traditional Irish wedding gown. However,
if that is not your taste or style, she can still make her Irish
heritage known by having Irish symbols embroidered on her gown.
Also another tradition that is common for Irish weddings is to take
the longest way home from the church. Years ago, the journey home
was followed by firing of rifles. However, today it has been replaced
by the sound of the cars honking.
Irish wedding ceremonies are performed in either a Roman Catholic
church or in the Church of Ireland ceremony. There is a certain
structure to both. Whichever way you go, you might want to incorporate
more personal touches into the traditional ceremony with its songs
and hymns, including parts of the scriptures that will be read and
the prayer you will say as a newly married couple.
You can also add traditional Irish folk songs into your wedding
ceremony. You may even wish to recite a poem by W. B. Yeats or Patrick
Kavanagh, or go the full way and recite your Irish wedding vows
in Gaelic. Make your heritage known and do a little research. It
will make your wedding ceremony and the exchange of Irish wedding
vows all that more special.