This has to chosen carefully as the color of her dress might determine how successful the marriage is: Marry in white everything’s right Marry in blue lover be true Marry in pink spirit’s will sink Marry in gray live far away Marry in brown live out of town Marry in green ashamed to be seen Marry in yellow ashamed of your fellow Marry in black wish you were back Marry in red wish you were dead Marry in tan he’ll be a loved man Marry in pearl you’ll live in a whirl The old Irish penny part seems to have disappeared in modern times, although no bride would dare walk down the aisle without the rest.
The something blue tends to be a blue garter worn around the top of the leg, which the groom usually has to remove using only his teeth much to the amusement of friends and family. Traditionally Irish bride’s would have favored a garland of wild flowers typically Lavender to be worn in their hair.
There are many different toasts and sayings recited at weddings for example: May there always be work for your hands to do May your purse always hold a coin or two May the sun always shine on your window pane May a rainbow be certain to follow each rain May the hand of a friend always be near you May God fill your heart with gladness to cheer you May he bless your home With the peace That surpasses understanding May your troubles be less And your blessings be more And nothing but happiness Come in your door Long live the Irish Long live their cheer Long live our friendship Year after year And not forgetting the traditional toast for any occasion: Slainte !
(pronounced SLAWN – cha) Toasts and blessings speeches eventually over.
To-day, couple’s usually hold their reception in a hotel or hires a hall depending on what the budget will stretch to.
However, the bride must travel a different way than she traveled to the church as this symbolizes the fresh start to her new life.
Cutting the cake is a very important part of the day.
The guest’s all gather round to watch and cheer as the first slice is cut.
But, Irish weddings although are a lot of fun have a lot of superstitions that have to be observed and carried out lest the couple suffer the consequences.
As the guests congratulate the happy couple the first person to offer their congratulations to the bride must be a man.
It’s very unlucky for a woman to do this so traditionally a male member of the groom’s family will be the first to congratulate the bride and welcome her to the family. Everybody is given a drink from mead in days of old to Champagne or sparkling wine to-day to raise and toast the health of the bride and groom.
’ ‘Would you like to hang your washing next to mine?
’ Not very romantic but every Irish girl would know what was being asked.
An Irish traditional wedding is a beautiful ceremony to see or take part in.