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Irish Wedding Traditions

The Marriage Bell or Make Up Bell

A Celtic Tradition has it that every couple should receive a bell as a wedding gift.  The bell is placed in the newlywed's home.   When a disagreement takes place, one of the couple rings the bell to end the discord and declare a truce without an admission of fault.

The Last Stitch

Making the last stitch on the bride's gown on the wedding day will bring good luck.  This tradition is from Cork.

Bridal Bouquet

To bring good luck to the marriage, tuck a sprig of shamrock into the bouquet.  For the Scottish, a branch of white heather.


Irish Horseshoe

The horseshoe has always been associated with good luck because of the importance the Celts placed on their livestock especially their horses. So a horseshoe, worn upright to catch all luck, was tucked into the bridal bouquet or sown into wedding gown.  This tradition of wearing a good-luck horseshoe is still practiced today by brides wearing a simple charm on a necklace or bracelet but always in the up-right position so no luck falls out!


The Irish Grushie

The tradition of tossing a handful of coins to the wedding guests is thought to bring good luck and prosperity to the groom and his bride.


Irish Wedding Coin

After the blessing of the rings, during the marriage ceremony, the groom presents his bride with a silver coin and says "I give you this as a token of all I possess." The coin symbolizes his willingness to share all that he has with his bride in the future.  The coin is kept as a family heirloom and is passed down from mother to her eldest son on his wedding day. 



Celtic Music

Music is always a memorable part of any wedding.  Whether you choose bagpipes or the lyrical tones of a celtic harp, you will enjoy the beautiful sounds of the celtic wedding.  A Bagpiper, in traditional full Highland Dress, makes a Celtic statement.  He has the ability to move around the ceremony, he can play as the bride walks down the aisle, and he can also move around the ceremony playing the unique sounds of the instrument.   You may also choose to have a harpest playing romantic music at your wedding.  Either way, celtic music adds to the ambiance of your traditional Irish wedding!





Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue and a sixpence in your shoe.


Blue is considered a lucky color in Ireland, something borrowed is a symbol of friendship and the brides handkerchief is usually something new for good luck.  Something old is the connection to family and the sixpence is so you will always be financially well off in your marriage.