Irish dating and wedding traditions

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An Irish traditional wedding is a beautiful ceremony to see or take part in.From the stunning attire of both the bride and groom.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.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.

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In days gone by a family member or a friend of the family who could play the bagpipes would play as the happy couple left the Church and also at the reception afterwards which would have once been held in the bride’s parent’s house.It was usual for couples to celebrate this ceremony around the harvest festival, Lughnasa, which occurs on 1st August.They could choose the length of the union either “‘till death do us part” or to be together in the afterlife or even while their love burned strong and true in which case if they still wished to remain married they would renew these vows the following year.Friends and family when enquiring about the ‘big’ day would ask: ‘When are you giving us a day out? ’ Next comes the all important planning, usually the poor groom ducks and takes cover and leaves all this to the bride and her family as traditionally it is the bride’s father who foots the bill. Gone are the days when a marriage depended on the size of the bride’s dowry.Marriages were once based on what the bride could bring to the marriage either cattle or a farm or plot of land. It was once known for family to marry family as it was law that only a male heir could inherit and this made sure that land and property stayed within the family name. The bride’s attention turns to her dress and accessories.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 !

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