Pull off an Irish Wedding this Summer at London Wedding Venues

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An Irish Wedding

Traditional Irish weddings have the fascination of their own. From wedding ceremonies to decoration to foods, Irish weddings are all about elegance, simplicity, love, and devotion. If you are also enamoured by the culture of this beautiful Celtic country and want to bring the Irish influence on your wedding this summer in London, use this guide. This comprehensive guide will cover each aspect related to the Irish wedding.

IDEAL VENUE

When we say ideal venue, it does not mean that there has to be only a particular type of venue for executing the traditional Irish wedding. It depends on your choice. However, according to Irish traditions, it is believed that if the sun is shining brightly on the bride, while the wedding ceremony is on, it brings good luck to both the bride and the groom. Therefore, a London wedding venue with an open space or garden will be ideal for your traditional Irish wedding. This will ensure that both the sun and the good luck shine brightly on the bride and the groom.

Invitation
Invitation

WEDDING INVITATIONS FOR THE IRISH WEDDING

Intricately designed invitations are quite important for the Irish wedding because Irish wedding is all about grandeur, elegance, and tradition. Your invitation cards should reflect the true colour of the Ireland quite authentically. The following things go in creating a perfect Irish wedding card in London.

Choose Irish Wedding Stationery

Irish weddings are grand in nature. That is why the invitation cards should also have a substantive feeling to them. Pick heavy, high quality stationery for the wedding cards. Go for faintly crumpled or smoothly textured paper. As far as colour is concerned, infuse classic Irish wedding colours like gold, cream, burgundy, or olive. Furthermore, if you want to amplify the pitch of romance in your wedding cards; choose burnt-paper edges for your invitation cards.

Irish Wedding Script is a Must

Go for Irish wedding calligraphy and wording for your invitation cards as they truly reflect the Irish influence. You may also hire a calligrapher (if budgets allow). However, some word processors also have Irish fonts. Be careful, still, and choose fonts that are elegant but not exaggeratingly so.

Irish wedding invitations cards follow traditions quite strictly. Therefore, in your wedding invitation card, the names of the people who are hosting the wedding (whether bride’s parents or groom’s parents) should be listed first.

Irish Wedding Symbols

Irish history is full of symbolism and artistic signs. Incorporating them onto your wedding invitation card would be quite useful. The 16th century Irish symbol of “claddagh” symbolises love, friendship, and loyalty. The Celtic Ring Cross or Long Cross also are traditional Irish symbols which you can introduce in your wedding cards.

Final Touches

Pick an Irish wedding invitation border. Wedding invitations can be bordered with the depictions of unending pearl chains, as they symbolise couple’s unending love for each other. At the last, tie your invitation cards with fabrics like damask, silk, or organdie. Tucking in a dried Irish blossom like foxglove or Irish eyebright can enrich the Irish touch. Seal the envelopes with wax and put a stamp depicting anything about Ireland. It can be the map of the Ireland or the Celtic cross.

Bride's Attire
Bride's Attire
Groom's Attire
Groom's Attire

ATTIRES FOR THE BRIDE AND THE GROOM

The traditional Irish wedding attire reflects the aesthetic colour of the Ireland. It reinforces the beauty of their traditions and culture. Therefore, a simple white gown for the bride will not do here.

Bride’s Attire

Quite contrary to the traditional English wedding dress, the bride’s attire consists of a blue wedding gown rather than white. According to the ancient Irish customs, blue is the colour of love and purity. That is why it is desirable for you to ditch the colour white and go for a blue gown for your Irish wedding in London. In addition to this, it is a tradition in the Ireland for the bride to wear a green wedding cloak or sash. You can also put an Irish lace or an embroidered Irish symbol like the Celtic knot onto your wedding gown.

As far as hairstyle for bride goes, wearing hair in braids is the tradition in Ireland. This signifies feminine power and luck. In addition to this, wearing lavender in the hair and in the bridal bouquet has been a long Irish tradition. If you want, you can also opt for a crown of wildlife flowers rounded off with lavender in your hair.

Groom’s Attire

The traditional Irish groom wears a kilt. It is a knee-length garment of pleated tartan cloth with pleats or wrinkles in the back. However, if you do not want to wear this, you can go for green cummerbund, a green tie, and cufflinks adorning Irish symbols. Above this, in the ancient Ireland, it was desirable for a groom to grow a beard for his wedding. You can also go for the bearded look for your wedding, for a change!

Celtic Love Knot
Celtic Love Knot
Shamrock and Four Leaf Clovers
Shamrock and Four Leaf Clovers

USING IRISH SYMBOLS FOR DECORATION

Your decoration should reflect the essence of Ireland when you are planning for an Irish wedding. It is not just about wearing blue gown or kilt. Your wedding venue should also speak of Ireland, its ancient customs and heritage. Here are some symbols, which you can use while decorating your venue for the Irish wedding.

The Claddagh

The claddagh is an ancient Irish-Celtic symbol comprising a heart held by two hands adorned with a crown. The heart signifies love whereas the two hands symbolises friendship and the crown implies loyalty.

You can decorate your wedding venue with the claddagh ribbons that can be placed all over the venue, right from the reception to floral arrangements to centrepieces and table decorations.

Celtic Love Knot

Symbolising endless love (as it has no visible beginning or end), the Celtic Love Knot is one of the most popular symbol which you can incorporate on a variety of things. The knot also referred to as the “mystic knot” or the “endless knot” can be included in decoration pieces, napkins or even on the bride’s gown. If you want, you can adorn your wedding cake with this symbol too.

Shamrock and Four Leaf Clovers

The more subtle option for you, Shamrock, and the four leaf clovers are the clichéd and the most well known Irish symbols. Sprinkling four leaf clovers on the wedding reception tables and on the guests’ table is an idea, which you can definitely try. Apart from this, spreading four leaf clovers and shamrock in and around the wedding venue can also be done.

A traditional main dish
A traditional main dish
An Irish wedding cake
An Irish wedding cake

FOOD FOR AN IRISH WEDDING

Irish food is very simple but extremely delicious. To give your wedding a differentiated Irish taste, quite literally, consider the following items.

Selection for Appetizers

Go for authentic Irish appetizers. Irish baked brie, smoked salmon and Irish fruit make for a good selection. For the drinks, choose Guinness stout. Apart from this one, you can lay your hands on Smithwick’s Ale, Beamish Irish stout, and Irish whiskey. One point to remember is that in the traditional Irish weddings, whisky tasting is done before dinner. So, if you are planning to do that, make sure the bartender knows this fact.

Main Dish

A traditional main dish would be the best choice. You can have either corned beef and cabbage or lamb, salmon or roasted bacon. There is another option too, namely Colcannon, that is basically a stew with broiled cabbage, carrots, turnips and potatoes.

Wedding Cake

A rich fruitcake coupled with almonds, raisins, cherries, and spices is the best choice. Do not forget to put an Irish whiskey at the top tier of the cake, as according to Irish traditions, this whiskey has to be saved for the christening of the first child of the marrying couple. In addition to this, a slice of the top tier is also saved for the couple’s first marriage anniversary.

Irish Music
Irish Music

MUSIC FOR THE WEDDING RECEPTION

Music is the integral component of every party. It infuses a touch of vitality in every party. Whatever be the celebration, music is a must. However, the choice of music should be at par with the event. Therefore, for the traditional Irish wedding in London, it would be a blunder if you go for rock music. Go for these instead:

Pre-ceremony music

Pre-ceremony music sets the tone of the party. Therefore, the selection of songs should be precise. Select from Druidstone’s “Haste to the Wedding”, “The Chieftains,” Sunita’s “the Women of Ireland” or Northern Lights’ “Carolan’s Ramble to Cashel.”

Procession Music

While the procession of the bridesmaids is on, traditional Irish songs like “Bridget Cruise” by Dominig Bouchaud and Cyrille Colas, “Give Me Your Hand” by James Galway and The Chieftains, “You are the One” by the Chieftains are the most popular choices.

Irish wedding is all about going to the roots and celebrating the rich culture of this beautiful Celtic country. Incorporating this Irish theme to your London wedding is a daunting task. This simple guide is an attempt to make that daunting task a bit easy.

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bredandagnes 3 years ago from Ireland

You're mixing Scotland and Ireland up here-and I'd say you've never been to an Irish wedding-but this is a bit of fun!!??


brad 3 years ago

well it is a mix of scotland and ireland but research is quite good, im myself an irish, so it would be hard to criticise this articel, but it is extremely well written and very good command over the language.


kylie 3 years ago

ya it is a mix, but it is very difficult to explain a traditional irish wedding quite comprehensively, if you go to describe a traditional irish wedding step by step and very accurately, it will take lots and lots of pages, especially in limited scope, you have done a tremendous job here, loved reading it and images are superb., keep it up


miley 3 years ago

it is a good attempt, im a blog writer myself, it becomes quite difficult to explain the intricacies of an alien culture and that too in a time period, so, thumbs up from me, keep up the great work


mike 3 years ago

information should have been a bit more, but in the limited time period in which you have to complete a blog, it is not a bad attempt, especially language is awesome, can make from the face that you are indian, so, from that perspective, language use and research is great, loved this, keep up such kind of articles in the future


Ricotta 3 years ago

majority of ireland and a minority of scotland, thats how i would rate this, but you have given me a good choice man, i am an irish myself, never had a dalliance for traditional irish marriage, but you know what, this article opened my eyues, infact i have decided to marry like the article itself, both the elements of ireland and scotland, thx for itt,,keep up the good work, thumbs up from me


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zeusspeak 3 years ago from London Author

Hi bredandagnes... True I have never been to an Irish wedding.. May be thats y short of idea this time.. But thanks for your comments, I will keep in mind when i write in future.


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zeusspeak 3 years ago from London Author

Thanks Brad..


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zeusspeak 3 years ago from London Author

Thanks a lot Kylie...


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zeusspeak 3 years ago from London Author

Thanks miley, Ricotta, and mike... Will be happy to give u all more to read.


NISHA 3 years ago

LOVED YOUR BLOG, KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK


Mumtaz 3 years ago

very good and very well written, must complement the writer for doing so much research, also the venues under the link were quite good, would love to organise something gala there


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zeusspeak 3 years ago from London Author

Thanks Nisha...


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zeusspeak 3 years ago from London Author

Yea sure mumtaz... feel free to organise your event at these venues.


Rashmi 3 years ago

amazing job, very good hub, very good theme and execution perfect too


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zeusspeak 3 years ago from London Author

thank u rashmi

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