Irish Wedding ResearchWill and Guy have always retained an enormous affection for the country of Ireland and its people. We particularly have enjoyed the beauty of the Irish countryside, the golf course; we like the humour, the culture, the poetry and the music. Horse racing is one Irish passion which we share; as is the game of golf and the Irish ability to enjoy a good *craic. When we decided to research Irish Weddings we were looking for something relaxed, informal and perhaps a little bit different to what we are used to in Great Britain. What we have found is that the majority of wedding in the western world follow similar patterns and often have similar traditions. A few things, however, are different and we will highlight those factors. *craic = is a term variously meaning news, gossip, fun, entertainment, and enjoyable conversation found in Northern England, Scotland, and Ireland.
- The Top Ten Irish Wedding Superstitions
- The Traditional Irish Wedding Ring: The Claddagh Ring
- Did You Know?
- Five Funny Irish Wedding Jokes
- In the 18th and 19th centuries, the Irish believed that if the sun shone on the bride, it would bring good luck to the couple.
- It is also lucky to hear a cuckoo on the wedding morning or to see three magpies
- After the wedding ceremony, it is important that a man and not a woman be the first to wish joy to the new bride.
- If you look at the sun when you leave for your wedding, your children will be beautiful.
- It's good luck to have your birthstone in your engagement ring, even if that stone is otherwise thought to be an unlucky gem.
- It's good luck if a happily married woman puts the veil on you, but bad luck to put it on yourself.
- It's lucky to tear your wedding dress accidentally on your wedding day.
- The earrings you wear on your wedding day will bring you luck and happiness ever after.
- It's lucky to be awakened by birds singing on your wedding morning.
- Traditionally, Irish brides wore blue wedding dresses rather than white. Blue symbolised purity in olden times and white dresses only became popular after 1499 apparently.
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- In County Donegal, when a man wanted to marry a particular girl, he and a friend went to her house and when the door was opened, he'd throw his cap into the house. If the cap was thrown back out, it meant she wasn't interested.
- Traditionally December 31st, is one of the luckiest day to marry, as is the month of April, with the traditional saying 'Marry in May and rue the day; marry in April if you can, joy for maiden and for man.'
- The bride should never wear green at her wedding, it is considered unlucky in Ireland.
- Irish brides often returned home by a different path with her new husband than she took to the church with her father. This symbolises her new road in life she is about to travel.
- It was considered good luck when the married couple would be leaving the church; somebody would through an old shoe over the bride's head.
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- What's the difference between an Irish wedding and an Irish wake? One less drunk.
- Declan had asked Cormac for the hand of his daughter in wedlock. 'And can you support a family?' asked Cormac. 'I think so,' replied Declan. 'Well there are 6 of us you know,' answered Cormac.
- At the wedding reception, the photographer yelled, 'Would all the married men, please stand next to the one person who has made your life worth living.' The bartender was almost crushed to death.
- The hospital's consulting dietician was giving a lecture to several community nurses from the Dublin area of Leinster. 'The rubbish we put into our stomachs and consume should have killed most of us sitting here, years ago. Red meat is terrible. Fizzy drinks attack your stomach lining. Chinese food is loaded with msg. Vegetables can be disastrous because of fertilisers and pesticides and none of us realises the long-term damage being done by the rotten bacteria in our drinking water. However, there is one food that is incredibly dangerous and we all have, or will, eat it at some time in our lives. Now, is anyone here able to tell me what food it is that causes the most grief and suffering for years after eating it?' A 65-year-old married Irish nursing sister sitting in the front row stood up and said, 'Wedding cake.'
- After a lengthy quarrel, Mrs O'Toole said to her husband, Seamus, 'You know, I was a fool when I married you.' Seamus replied quickly, 'Yes, *muirnín, but I was in love and didn't notice it.' *beloved, sweetheart. Irish Wedding Blessing