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3 Ways to Incorporate the Luck of the Irish

Posted by Caitlin on Mar 15, 2013

In honor of St. Patrick’s Day this weekend, we thought we’d share a few Irish wedding traditions. Green is always associated with the luckiest day of the year, but it used to be considered unlucky for a wedding as it might entice malicious fairies and leprechauns. However, it was lucky for a bride if her groom went through with the ceremony. Who knew that Irish men were known for getting cold feet? Guests would have to lock the church doors just in case. With modern modifications, you can incorporate the luck of the Irish with these three ideas:

1. Shamrocks 

Be superstitious like the Irish and spread three-leafed good luck charms at each place setting.

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2. Handfasting

An ancient Celtic tradition, “tying the knot” occurs during the ceremony when a bride and groom hold hands with their wrists crossed, and a ribbon is wound around one wrist and under another to create an infinity symbol.

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3. Beer 

Besides bagpipes and Irish dancers, a traditional reception has a Guinness toast that includes the word “slainte” or health.

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