Holiday themed weddings may not tickle everyone’s fancy, but those who enjoy the luck of the Irish may choose to show off their good fortune for finding a mate by celebrating on St. Patrick’s Day. Long gone are the childhood tales of leprechauns and their pots of gold, a March 17th wedding can be deeply elegant with emerald and gold accents, festive entertainment and Irish inspired food and drink.
As one of the first places a couple's chosen colors can be seen, the bridal party attire is where we start. From bridesmaids and groomsmen dressed in brilliant emerald with golden accents, they set the stage for an eye catching display that is truly romantic and elegant. The color palate will often also make its way into the bouquets, and for an Irish themed celebration, uses of a variety of greens and wildflowers seem the natural choice. For the bride trying to make a statement, incorporating green details into her own dress can be a surprising and stunning choice.
The decor for an Irish inspired wedding encourages bright green natural elements, and with many superstitions and traditions, it's easy to find inspiration. For example, the Irish believe that a horseshoe is incredibly lucky, and a common tradition was for a bride to carry a horseshoe facing up on her wedding day so the luck wouldn't run out. For those not interested in including this symbol in her bouquet, strategically placing horseshoes through the decor will still insure that luck abounds.
If you are a fan of Irish cuisine, you'll again have plenty of inspiration to pull from, but two staples will likely come across your menu considerations - a potato dish, and corned beef. Starting dinner with a potato or beer and cheese soup will keep guests excited for the rest of the meal, and including a corned beef carving station will increase the elegance with this delicious and popular meal. For those who aren't as excited by Irish dishes, pull out the creativity and include a few clover-shaped passed hors d'oeuvres before your main course.
Irish Inspired Drinks
"Here's to a long life and a merry one. A quick death and an easy one. A pretty girl and an honest one. A cold pint - and another one!" There's no hiding that the Irish like to drink - they have enough clever proverbs and toasts to prove it! So be sure to take special consideration of the bar situation when throwing a St. Patrick's Day wedding. Irish drinks such as Jameson whiskey, Guinness and Baileys Irish Cream are the staples all guests will look for at the bar, so encourage your bartender to get creative and help you come up with stellar specialty cocktails like an Irish Sour Apple Cocktail - or simply set up a whiskey bar!
For the true Irish lovers, bread pudding may grace the dessert table, but the for those wanting to opt for a traditional wedding cake or dessert bar, our suggestion is to have the bar serve up a dessert drink - likely with lots of Baileys cream - to appease those who want a liquid dessert. For the rest of us, green and gold details on tasty desserts will keep us happy!
Additional Irish Influence
The claddagh ring is a well known Irish wedding tradition, in which the ring represents love, friendship and loyalty. The position of the ring indicates what kind of relationship the wearer is in, and during the wedding ceremony, a claddagh ring can be place on the bride's left hand ring finger, facing her wrist, to indicate that she is married. "With these hands, I give you my heart and crown it with my love." And while not all brides choose to wear the traditional ring, some may choose to include it elsewhere in the wedding decor.
Handfasting is literally Ireland's version of "tying the knot." It is a traditional ceremony within the wedding ceremony to display eternal commitment, in which the couples' hands are bound with ribbon in an infinity symbol.
For couples who want to bring some lively entertainment into their wedding, a river dancing group may be just what your need. This Irish style of dance is exciting and fast-paced, sure to get everyone on the dance floor once the entertainment is over.
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