Irish weddings are steeped in tradition and symbolism, with many customs and symbols believed to bring good luck to the couple on their special day. Many of my couples want to incorporate at least a little piece of Irish symbolism into their wedding day, so I thought it would be fun for us to take a look at some of the most popular lucky symbols in Irish weddings and the significance behind them.
The Claddagh Ring
One of the most iconic symbols of an Irish wedding is the Claddagh ring. The Claddagh is a traditional Irish ring that features two hands holding a heart, with a crown on top. The ring symbolizes love, loyalty, and friendship, and is often given as a gift to a loved one as a sign of commitment. In Irish weddings, it is traditional for the bride to wear the Claddagh ring on her right hand with the heart facing inward, symbolizing that her heart is taken.
The Celtic Knot
Another popular lucky symbol in Irish weddings is the Celtic knot. The Celtic knot is an ancient symbol that represents the eternal nature of love and the never-ending cycle of life. In Irish weddings, the Celtic knot is often incorporated into the wedding bands, as well as in other elements of the wedding such as the invitations, decor, and favors.
The Irish shamrock is also a popular symbol incorporated into Irish weddings. The shamrock is a symbol of good luck and is said to bring the couple prosperity and happiness. I love it when the bride chooses to wear a small piece of shamrock in her hair or on her bouquet, but I have also seen grooms wear them on their lapels as part of a buttonhole.
Another one of the symbols of good luck in Irish weddings is the horseshoe. The horseshoe is said to ward off evil and bring good luck to the couple. It is traditional to hang a horseshoe over the couple’s bed or in the doorway of their home to ensure good luck and happiness in their marriage.
The Celtic Cross
The Celtic cross is a popular lucky symbol in Irish weddings that is often seen incorporated into the wedding day decor. The Celtic cross is a symbol of faith and spiritual connection and is often seen on wedding bands, as well as in the wedding ceremony and reception decor.
The Irish Harp
The Irish harp is another symbol of Ireland that lends itself to a wedding day. The harp is a symbol of Ireland’s rich cultural heritage and is said to bring good luck and prosperity to the couple.
As you can tell, the lucky symbols at Irish weddings are steeped in tradition and symbolism, with many customs and symbols believed to bring good luck to the couple on their special day. From the Claddagh ring to the horseshoe, the Celtic knot to the Harp, each symbol holds a special meaning and significance in the celebration of love and commitment. Whether you are of Irish descent or simply wish to incorporate some of these special traditions and symbols into your own wedding day, these lucky symbols can add an extra touch of magic and meaning to your special day.
If you want to find out how you can incorporate even more of Ireland into your wedding day, then check out my previous blog post “10 Elegant St. Patrick’s Day ideas”.
Slán go Fóill,
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