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Irish Wedding - Irish Wedding Ideas, Cake Toppers, Wedding Toasts and More!

Updated on August 30, 2011

Irish Wedding - Having an Irish Wedding

One of the great things about having an Irish wedding in modern times is that you can combine old tradition with new tradition and have a spectacular wedding day that not only shows pride in your heritage but will also have guests remembering your special day for years to come.

How "authentic" you decide to be is totally up to you. You can go the whole nine yards where the groom wears a kilt and the wedding cake is made of fruit or you can add slight Irish touches such as having a beautiful Irish Wedding Cake topper on a regular cake filled with fruit filling.

Traditionally bagpipes can be played, but if you think that might be a little too loud for guests, then a harp will suffice wonderfully.

The ideas mentioned in this article tend to lead to the more modern versions of Irish weddings.

Beautiful little touches like Irish Wedding toasting flutes, modern Irish wedding favors , Irish wedding invitations, and some sentimental Irish wedding toasts (some funny ones as well).

While it is usually considered good luck for an Irish couple to marry in the month of April many people are now choosing on or around St. Patrick's Day when guests are already in the Irish spirit.

It really is of coarse up to the bride and groom. Here are some fun ideas you might want to try to combine the old with the new and have a beautiful Irish Wedding that you will never forget!

Irish Wedding Cake Toppers

Traditionally Irish wedding cakes are fruit cakes, but as mentioned above you can decide to have some flexibility in that area.

You can choose to have the very top layer be a fruit cake in the traditional style, while the rest of the cake is whichever flavor the bride and groom prefer, or you can choose to have a cake that contains fruit filling.

Either way, topping it off with an Irish wedding cake topper will add the perfect finishing touch for all of your guests to see. Plus, the topper can be displayed in your home on a shelf or in a China closet for years to come.

Traditional Celtic Claddaugh Irish Wedding Cake Topper

This beautiful glazed porcelain Celtic Claddaugh Cake topper has a traditional Irish Wedding Blessing printed on the bottom surface of the base. It says "May your hands be forever blessed in friendship and your hearts joined forever in Love."

It measures 6.5" x 3.5" x 7" inches tall and will make a beautiful keepsake for after the wedding.

Weddingstar Heart Framed Trinity Knot Cake Top

This is another beautiful Irish Wedding Cake topper. It is designed in a Celtic Trinity Knot is also made of Glazed Porcelain.

This cake topper also has the Traditional Irish Wedding Blessing printed on the bottom surface of the base that says "May your hands be forever blessed in friendship and your hearts joined forever in Love."

Measures 6.5 x 3.5 x 7 inches tall.

Irish Wedding Bells - Irish Make Up Bells

It is an Irish tradition to present the "Make-Up" Bell to the wedding couple. The tradition says that the bell is rung by one of the partners to end any quarrel.

It is important however that it is not always the same partner ringing the bell to end each quarrel. You are to add a kiss after ringing the bell and a long, happy marriage will be yours!

This is a great item to have on your dais to get the relationship started on the right romantic foot and would also make a creative wedding favor if given in smaller versions.

Irish Wedding Horseshoe in Bridal Bouquet

Another great Irish tradition for every Irish bride is the tiny horseshoe that needs to go down the aisle with her for good luck.

It can be included in her beautiful bouquet or even sewn into the hem of her wedding dress.

This is a tradition that dates back centuries, to a time when iron was considered a good luck charm.

Irish Wedding Favors

There are a couple of unique Irish wedding favors you can choose from for your guests.

The little bells mentioned above are a great idea, but there are also Celtic Knot wine stoppers, bookmarkers that can be personalized with the last name of the bride and groom or even adorable little celtic love knot key rings.

All unique keepsakes for your guests to remember your special day!

Other Great Items To Include in Your Irish Wedding

Here are a bunch of other great items you can include in your special day to give it the perfect Irish wedding touch.

Celtic Charm toasting flutes for the bride and groom, Irish dried rose petals to be sprinkled on each table, celtic charm guest book and pen for guests to use for good wishes, a celtic knot cake serving set for the wedding cake and a great celtic knot garder for the bride.

Not only will these beautiful things add the perfect touch for the wedding but they will also make great keepsakes to display in your new home!

Irish Wedding Toasts

Irish toasts are known for being unique and unmistakable. Here are some perfect Irish wedding toasts that can be given to the bride and the groom from the best man or toasts that the father of the bride or the bride and groom themselves can give directly to their guests.

Some are short and sweet, some a little longer - but all of them carry that special Irish flair.

Irish Toasts

There are 4 things you must never do: lie, steal, cheat, or drink.
But if you must lie, lie in the arms of the one you love.
If you must steal, steal away from bad company.
If you must cheat, cheat death.
And if you must drink, drink in the moments that take your breath away... Brianne Kelly Darragh


May the road rise to meet you. May the wind be always at your back. May the sun shine warm upon your face, the rains fall soft upon the fields. And, Until we meet again, May God hold you in the palm of his hand


May you be poor in misfortune, rich in blessings. Slow to make enemies, quick to make friends. But rich or poor, quick or slow, may you know nothing but happiness from this day foward." ...Shamus Phibber McGee


May the light of friendship guide your paths together.
May the laughter of children grace the halls of your home.
May the joy of living for one another trip a smile from your lips, a twinkle from your eye.


May the saddest day of your future be no worse, than the happiest day of your past...G. Colgan


May the most you wish for be the least you get.


May you always have
Walls for the winds
A roof for the rain
Tea beside the fire
Laughter to cheer you
Those you love near you
And all your heart might desire.


Funny Irish Toasts - The following are a few funny Irish wedding toasts that will get a chuckle from your guests.

When you drink, you get drunk.
when you get drunk, you fall asleep.
when you sleep, you surely can commit no sin.
when you dont sin you go to heaven.
so lets all get drunk and go to heaven.


Here's to you and yours and to mine and ours.
And if mine and ours ever come across to you and yours,
I hope you and yours will do as much for mine and ours
As mine and ours have done for you and yours!...Rita Smith


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