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Irish Wedding Theme Ideas

Updated on March 10, 2014

Honoring Ancestors

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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Wedding Colors

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.

Planning an Irish Wedding


The Attendants

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.


The Cake

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.

Green Wedding Cocktails

Green Wedding Cocktails
Green Wedding Cocktails | Source

The Decorations

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.

Don't Forget the Bagpipes

Luck of the Irish Table Cards
Luck of the Irish Table Cards | Source

More Decor

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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      C E Clark 4 years ago from North Texas

      Lots of great ideas in this hub for those people who want to celebrate their Irish ancestry at their wedding. I've been happy to see that one needn't have the formal white dress wedding if one would prefer something different these days. June is wedding month and it's just around the corner, so this hub is very timely.

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      Nicole S Hanson 4 years ago from Minnesota

      Green was my back-up color for my wedding if our yellow somehow fell through. It's a beautiful color, I can just imagine seeing it with some Irish flair. very fun!

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      Janice S 4 years ago

      Love the green wedding cocktails - who knew there were so many great choices for a signature drink? Great hub!

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      Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

      What a wonderful hub;so interesting and useful.

      Have a great weekend.