Happy St. Patrick’s Day to you my lovely brides and grooms.

Today, let’s talk about traditions. Maybe if you are of Irish heritage you want to incorporate some of these in your special day.

Did you know that in Ireland, an Irish bride’s wedding ring is called a Claddagh. It’s the ring that has the heart, held by two hands with the heart topped by a crown. The hands represent faith, the crown symbolizes honor, and the heart signifies love. The ring’s motto is: “Let love and friendship reign.”

An old Irish tradition calls for the wedding couple to walk to the church together before exchanging their wedding vows. As they walk down the main street to the chapel, onlookers would not only throw rice to bless the marriage, but larger items as well, such as pots and pans. Wow…that would hurt.

The traditional Irish bride often wears a blue wedding dress, rather than a white dress. Blue symbolized purity in ancient times and only in 1499 did a white wedding dress begin to symbolize virginity and purity. I wonder if this is where we got the ‘something blue’? hmmmm

English lavender, an ancient symbol of love, loyalty, devotion and even luck is often mixed with the bride’s wedding flowers to help insure a happy and long-lasting union.

Finally, it is a symbol of luck is to be married on St. Patrick’s Day and considered the luckiest wedding anniversary date in Ireland. So if you want a ‘bit of Irish luck today’ why don’t you and your future partner, promise that today will be the first day of your lives. We can all use a bit of luck…just look out for the flying pots and pans.

Until next time I wish you smiling Irish eyes…

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