Very few - weddings were dominated by the church and most of the old customs did not survive. Irish weddings tend to be much as anywhere else - lots of celebrating, speeches, dancing etc.AnswerFrom my research, there's many Irish wedding traditions that you can incorporate. For many exhaustive lists, you can do an search. I'll list some of them:
There are so many other ways to incorporate Irish traditions into your wedding, from wearing Irish lace to saying an Irish toast. Be creative, and most of all, have fun!
Best of luck!
There are some lovely and meaningful Irish wedding traditions, many of which are still carried out today by families in Ireland, or other people of Irish ancestry. There are a lot of traditions, so I'll get started with some of the most popular ones, and what they mean:
1.) Irish Wedding vows: Ireland is known for its great storytelling tradition, its music and poetry. Irish wedding vows add a touch of this poetic grace to a traditional ceremony. Here is an example of a traditional Irish wedding vow:
By the power that Christ brought from heaven, mayest thou love me.
As the sun follows its course, mayest thou follow me.
As light to the eye, as bread to the hungry, as joy to the heart, may thy presence
be with me, oh one that I love, 'til death comes to part us asunder.
This romantic rhyme is also spiritual, and the strong belief in Christ is a huge part of Irish history, art, and culture.
2.) Irish Dancers: Many ceremonies feature traditional Irish dancers who are brought in to entertain guests. The dancers dance to traditional Irish music: in Irish history, special instruments like the bodhran were used to perform songs.
3.) Lucky Horseshoes: Many an Irish bride has carried a horseshoe on her special day: it is meant to bring good luck to the marriage. The horseshoe must be carries right side up, according to tradition.
This website has a section dedicated to Irish weddings: http:/www.irishcelticjewels.com
Refer back to the first answer, Horseshoes, bells, something old, sixpence (not common but have come across it) etc are common anywhere in Britain or Ireland. Specific entertainment or dress (Kilts in Scotland for example) might flavour it slightly but having attended weddings in Ireland Scotland Wales and England there is little difference.
Unique wedding favors can be made easily, or purchased at reasonable prices. If one wishes to purchase unique wedding favors, party supply stores offer items like fancy bookmarks, and mini glass candy jars. If one would rather make unique wedding favors, than miniature potted plants, or baskets of chocolates would be good.
Wedding Paper Divas is an online company which offers unique personalized wedding invitations. Their designs range from sophisticated to whimsical to encompass a wide range of styles to satisfy even the pickiest bridezilla. You can check out samples at http://www.weddingpaperdivas.com/unique-wedding-invitations-stationery.htm
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