Few things can be old, few things can be new, and few can be scrounged too, but something green! Here comes the Emerald Day of the Year 2015!
March 17th is the St. Patrick’s Day – An iconic day that symbolizes spiritual renewal and indicates that it’s time to enroll into a ‘Greenish Party Theme’, as a tribute to this wonderful day. For those planning a wedding on this historic day, it gives a unique opportunity for couple to add a little Irish flair to their special day.
When it comes to planning an Irish themed wedding day, there is so much you can do than just adding traditional Celtic symbols or serving green beer. Here are few fun and quirky ways to add magic and luck to your big day.
Irish Themed Wedding
#Idea1: Bride’s Gown & Flowers — Many brides in the honor of St. Patrick’s Day choose to wear either a green gown or have some sort of greenish touch to their dress. But few Irish legends believe that wearing green invites bad luck as fairies may have their eye balls set on beautiful things. Bridesmaids have the privilege to go full green but brides must stick to white gown.
If the bride fantasizes wearing green a lot, she could be allowed to put on emerald green shoe pins or green earrings, but that’s it! Conventionally, Irish brides cover their hair with wreath of wildflower. So if you want to dig deeper into the tradition, here is your opportunity to latch into it.
#Idea2: Groom’s Attire — I would not suggest the groom and groomsmen to take St. Patrick’s Day theme way too seriously, and wear something foolish that they would regret afterwards. They should go with the regular- black tux or suit with plaid ties to match the scene. To add more glow to the beautiful ambiance, the groom can add “Shamrock Cuff Links” on his shirt’s button.
Remember one thing – St. Patrick’s Day is not about making every single thing green, rather, it’s about respecting and celebrating the culture.
#Idea3: Choosing a Perfect Church — When it comes down to choosing a wedding venue for St. Patrick’s Day, you need to choose an appropriate church that meets your demands. Yes you heard me; I’m not talking about those fancy and expensive wedding spots, but a reasonable church. Why, you ask! St. Patrick was credited for bringing light of Christianity to the culture of Ireland, so a perfect match would be a church, right? If you are way too serious about this day, you should head straight to Dublin to get married in the Chapel of St. Patrick. Or, just your local church, that you see fit, with themed decoration, would be ok!
#Idea4: Thinking Out of the Box for Invitation Ideas — Everything about St. Patrick’s Day wedding should reflect the Irish culture. If you are looking for ideas to publish invitation cards, we have answers. You can use a cream colored paper invitation with Celtic Knot Cross embedded on it. The print should be in emerald green that matches the theme color of your entire wedding. Another option, you can also choose to go with Lucky Horseshoe Invites with green decorations on it.
#Idea5: Celtic Knot and Trinity Love Knot — You can’t complete an Irish Green Melodrama without these two gigantic traditional monuments – Celtic Knot and Trinity Love Knot. The Celtic Knot is regarded as a symbol of infinity by Irish legends. It represents the balance between 4 natural elements and is said to bring good luck in the couple’s life.
Trinity Love Knot, as the name suggests, is a symbol of ceaseless love. As distinctive as its beauty, this also represents the truth of medieval ages. Eternal love and truthful sentiments combine to make a strong statement on your wedding day.
#Idea6: Claddagh Ring — Claddagh Ring is all about taking your wedding old school. This iconic ring with two hands clasping a heart, with a crown on top has been around for ages in Irish wedding history. The encryption of these elements on the ring says – “With my two hands I give you my heart and crown it with my loyalty” Ideally, it’s given by young Irish men to their beloved one, and when the couple is courting, the ring is turned inwards that represent the lady is his forever.
Ceremony & Reception
#Idea7: Unity Candle — Enchanted with Irish wedding blessings, this beautiful Celtic Charm Unity Candle offers unique value proposition to any wedding. A saying is encrypted in text that states – “May your hands be forever blessed in friendship and your heart joined forever in love,” and framed with green, white and olive ribbon. If this doesn’t give you “Ump” feeling, I don’t know what does.
#Idea8: Give Your Special Day an Irish Blessing — A great way to welcome your wedding guest is by giving them a hand-written thank-you note with an Irish blessing on it. If you can, print on a heavier cardstock with green text – It adds more joy to your wedding. Then combine all the elements together, cover the top part and spray gold on all the sides. This is called adding touch of Irish beauty!
Looking for another great idea? Have your guests hold a smooth stone while you take all your vows. Irish tradition believes this to be a symbol of good fortune. Further, ask your guests to write their names and well wishes on the stones. Another literal touch?
#Idea9: Irish Whiskey Tasting Bar — If you are having a ceremony that reflects everything about Ireland, how can you forget an Irish Whiskey Tasting Bar? There should not be any excuses for your guests, whether they decide to partake early on or as a nightcap, give them a real taste of Ireland. A mind-refreshing sampling of Irish coffee can be a good choice to get them into the groove. A bartender should be there to teach your guest a perfect mix of coffee. They can also educate them about flavors and favorable picks. Bottom’s up!
#Idea10: Celtic Musicians to Add Glory — Your local community center can be a great source to find an Irish dance group or Celtic musicians (bagpiper) for your ceremony. They can entertain you and your guest during cocktail hours and add up unique emotion & flair to the atmosphere. Select Irish traditional songs to mix match your list of songs for your weddings. Even Irish dancers dressed up in full regalia can take the wedding ceremony and reception to whole new level.
These are my top picks for adding some Emerald Isle-style excitement for your special day. Now with these ideas up in your sleeve, you can make your wedding special on St. Patrick’s Day.
Now buckle-up, it’s planning time for your wedding!