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Irish Wedding Traditions Customs Fairies Luck

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Irish Wedding Traditions for Saint Patrick’s Day.

You don’t have to be Irish to pick an idea from the Irish Wedding Traditions.

Irish Wedding Traditions good luck horseshoe.

Irish weddings good luck horseshoe.

• Lucky horseshoe. The Irish Brides use to carry a real horseshoe, turned up, for good luck. This is so the luck would not run out! Today, you can get porcelain horseshoes or one made of fabric which is worn on the wrist.

• Magic Hanky. Brides can carry a special hanky that with a few stitches it turns into a christening bonnet for the first baby. And, with a couple of snips it turns back into a hanky. And it is one that your child can carry on their wedding day.

• Bells. The chime of bells is thought to keep evil spirits away. And to restore harmony if a couple is fighting. And it is to remind couples of their wedding vows. Giving a bell as a gift has become one of the Irish wedding traditions. Door greeters can hand out tiny bells to guests to ring as you enter your reception. Your wedding guests could also ring their bells instead of clinking glasses at your reception.

The Fairies Folklore for brides and other Irish wedding traditions.


Irish Wedding Traditions Customs Fairies Luck. Three leaf clover.• Irish wedding customs include the aitin’ the gander. It is the groom’s invitation to the bride’s home right before the wedding, and a goose is cooked in his honor.

•Another Irish wedding superstition is for the wedding months. As the sayings go, Marry in May and Rue The Day, and Marry in April if you can, joy for maiden and for man.

• The wedding couple eat salt and oatmeal at the beginning of their reception. Each of them took three mouthfuls as a protection against the power of the evil eye.

• When a couple is dancing the bride cannot take both feet off the floor because the fairies will get the upper hand. Fairies love beautiful things. And one of their favorites is a bride. There are many Irish legends about brides being spirited away by the little people!

• For the same reason it is bad luck for a bride to wear green.

• And it is bad luck for the bride or the groom to sing at their own wedding.

Irish Wedding Traditions Customs and when Fairies bring Luck.


• A fine day meant good luck especially if the sun shone on the bride.

• It was unlucky to marry on a Saturday.

• Those who married at harvest time would spend all their lives gathering.

• A man should always be the first to wish joy to the bride. Never a woman.

• It was lucky to hear a cuckoo on the wedding morning. Or to see three magpies.

• To meet a funeral on the road meant bad luck. If there was a funeral procession for that day the wedding party always took a different road.

• The wedding party should always take the longest road home from the church.

• It was bad luck if a glass or cup were broken on the wedding day.

• A bride and groom should never wash their hands in the same sink, at the same time. If they do, they are courting disaster.

• It was said to be lucky if you marry during a ‘growing moon and a flowing tide’.

• When leaving the church someone must throw an old shoe over the bride’s head so she will have good luck.

• If the bride’s mother-in-law breaks a piece of wedding cake on the bride’s head as she enters the house, after the ceremony, they will be friends for life.

* Portents are a phenomenon that is believed to foretell the future. Often signifying the advent of change.

Source: The Traditional Irish Wedding by Bridget Haggerty.

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