8 Irish Wedding Traditions You Need To Incorporate

Is it possible to have too much good luck?

Traditions are a very intimate and special part of any big event, but wedding traditions have a much more mystical air about them. Who wouldn’t want to do everything to bring all the love, luck, and happiness into the next chapter of their lives? Whether you’re looking to have a traditional Irish wedding or would just like to pay homage to your Irish roots, these 8 Irish wedding traditions will have you inspired for the grand day ahead and overflowing with good luck.


My favourite would have to be the handfasting! What a special way to unify the happy couple as one. Who knew the ancient Celts would be inspiring our wedding trends centuries later?!

Claddagh Ring

Possibly one of the most widely known Irish symbols, the Claddagh Ring is said to have originated in the 1700’s in a fishing village situated on the shore of Galway Bay. The ring’s unique design of two hands holding a heart wearing a crown said to stand for “let love and friendship reign,” the perfect ideals for any marriage. In addition to its special design and meaning, the way the ring is worn also tells a story. If the ring is worn with the crown pointing towards the fingertips, the wearer is said to be in love or married. To wear the ring with the heart pointing to the fingertip means that the wearer is said to be unattached.

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You’ll literally be ‘tying the knot’ with this classic tradition. Dating back to ancient Celtic times, this tradition originated around 7000 BC when the bride and groom would join hand and a braided cord or ribbon was wrapped and tied around their hands. Today many couples carry on this special symbolisation of their union as one. The ribbons or cords can even be personalised to contain special materials or match wedding colours.

The Horseshoe

A classic symbol for luck is the horseshoe. Add some luck to your special day with an upright horseshoe, otherwise, the luck will run out!

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The sound of bells is said to keep the evil spirits away. Bells are a traditional gift to newlywed couples. Couples should ring the bell together after saying their vows, and they should leep them in a safe place at home and ring them in times of trouble.

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St. Patrick’s Day

Many couples dream to marry on this lucky day. Marrying on St. Patrick’s Day is said to give couples lifelong happiness. Hurry and book you wedding now, this date fills up fast!

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Traditionally, Irish brides would opt for wearing wildflowers in their hair rather than wearing a veil. This would be perfect for an alternative bride or a spring or summer wedding.

 David James Photography via Hello May


Braids are said to be an ancient symbol of power and luck, so for an extra bit of good will on your big day add this lovely style to your hair. You’ll be looking like a Celtic goddess all day long.

Coco Tran Photography via Style Me Pretty

Something Blue

Although white has been the traditional colour of the wedding dress in most parts of the world for its symbolization of purity, the same meaning comes with the colour blue in Irish tradition.

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Feature Image: Justine Milton Photography via Style Me Pretty 

Ally Vogl

Ally is the Content and Social Media Exec here at WeddingDates HQ. Beyond being obsessed with all things weddings, she loves a good cup of coffee and splurging on beauty products.

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