Irish Wedding Theme Ideas
If you intend to honor your heritage on your wedding day, and your ancestors originated in Ireland, then you have a wide variety of theme ideas that can bring the ceremony and reception to a place of beauty, while paying homage to those who came before you and to the land they came from.
Here are a few ideas to get you started!
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Green and white are the traditional colors of an Irish-themed wedding; and these colors can make for a striking combination. While most opt to stick to the green color of a clover, there are many shades of green that can be just as beautiful and may speak better to who you are.
Consider forest green, sage, Kelly green, or even a blue-green, and carry this color throughout the festivities, including your Irish wedding invitations.
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Though you are using just two colors, there are many ways to dress the women who will make up your bridal party. Consider white dresses that differ in style from the bride’s dress (of course) and feature a green sash, or use the green as the primary color in a short dress that juts out at the waist in a fun, tutu-like way.
The men could be dressed in tuxes with a green vest or khakis with a white shirt and green tie. Though the color scheme is limited, the clothing options aren’t. You might also consider featuring jewelry that speaks to the underlying theme. Clovers or Celtic symbols are commonly found in jewelry, so this would not be difficult to achieve.
You will likely want to integrate clovers into the big day, if you truly want to speak to Irish culture. This is easily done with the cake. Laid out on a green or white tablecloth, whether clover-shaped and green, or a tiered white cake with cascades of decorative clover, your cake can be designed beautifully and fit nicely into your color scheme.
Consider cutting the cake slices with a set of knives that feature a clover on the end or a Celtic symbol, and serve the cake on plates of green and white, either patterned or solid colors.
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You want to honor the native country of your ancestors, but not end up with a cheesy imitation of every St. Patty’s Day gathering. So, avoid too much in the way of obnoxiously large clovers. Instead, keep things simple.
Rather than choosing strung lights that feature green plastic clovers, you might opt to find some that are silver and have a classier look to them. Rather than choosing a plastic green tablecloth, you might want to opt for a cloth one, or white plastic with decorations that provide small touches of green.
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A thoughtful touch would be to include actual pots of growing clover. A white alter with green ivy growing up it could add a distinctive touch to the big day. As well, rather than choosing to walk down a simple white plastic or cloth aisle, you might choose to simply outline the green grass (outdoors, of course) between the rows of seats with white river rock. As an Irish wedding favor for each guest, you might give silver tins of green and white candies, which would be tasty for the recipient, but would also look gorgeous on the tables during the festivities.
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