As its St Patricks Day I thought we would take a look at some Irish wedding traditions...
Locking the Church Door
Perhaps not the nicest of wedding traditions, it is rumoured that Irish men started to make a habit of getting cold feet on the big day. To prevent the groom from running away the guests are to lock the church door once the bride and groom are inside.
Traditionally a symbol of feminine power and luck, braided hair on your wedding day is said to bring Irish brides luck for their marriage. Try this hairstyle out with your wedding hairdresser and see if it’s a style that suits you.
St. Patrick’s Day Wedding
The luckiest of all the wedding dates, a wedding that takes place on St. Patrick’s Day is said to give the couple lifelong happiness. Although if you want a St. Patrick’s wedding day you will have to be very quick at booking your wedding day as it’s obviously a very popular date.
The magic handkerchief is there to symbolise fertility, the bride should have it with her throughout the wedding day, whether it be wrapped in the wedding bouquet or tucked away in her wedding dress. When the wedding is over the magic handkerchief was traditionally kept for the first born child and made into a Christening gown.
This is where the phrase ‘tying the knot’ originated from. Handfasting is an ancient Celtic tradition where the couple come together at the beginning of their marriage and hold right hand to right hand then left hand to left hand with their wrists crossed over and the handfasting ribbon is wound around their wrists and over their hands.
The sound of bells is said to keep away evil spirits, restore harmony and remind a couple of their wedding vows. If you want to incorporate this wedding tradition in your wedding attire then why not consider a beautiful bracelet made up of tiny bells.
And so..to all our Irish Brides....wishing you a Happy St Patricks Day 2017