Whether you are Irish, love the color green, or just want your wedding to be a great party, St. Patrick’s Day would be a terrific time to have a wedding. After all, it is a day known for being a fun time, and everyone loves a party on St. Patrick’s Day. Bring out some traditional Irish touches, and make your wedding a St. Patrick’s Day celebration to remember!
Most couples who decide to have their weddings on St. Patrick’s Day will have some Irish heritage, and you will surely want to play this up. If your family has a crest, that would make a fantastic motif for your wedding. Any kind of personal touch like that will make your wedding feel more special.
If no ancient crest is forthcoming, Ireland itself certainly has numerous traditional motifs and symbols from which to choose. The shamrock is the best known symbol of St. Patrick’s Day, followed by the harp. These would be fun motifs to use – in moderation. The key to a wedding on any holiday is to make the holiday secondary to your wedding, so use the theme as an accent, but don’t let it take over the whole day.
The shamrock can be tastefully incorporated into your wedding in a variety of ways. It would be nice to have a small gold shamrock engraved on your wedding invitations. It would also make a great detail on your wedding cake. A white cake with a basketweave design accented by some green shamrocks would be a nice nod to traditional Irish pottery. And naturally, the groom will want to wear shamrock boxers under his tuxedo!
Green is the color most associated with St. Patrick’s Day, and it is an easy color to use in a wedding. Your bridesmaids will look fantastic in emerald green dresses, and the bride can add a green sash to her wedding gown. Speaking of emeralds, green Swarovski crystals would be a nice touch in the bridesmaid jewelry sets. The sparkling crystals are considerably more affordable than even the cloudiest pale green emeralds, and they would make fabulous sets of jewelry for the bridesmaids when used in combination with freshwater pearls.
Music is a big part of any celebration, and for a St. Patrick’s Day wedding, you will definitely want an Irish band. This is music that really gets the toes tapping, and you can be sure that your guests will love it. They will book up early for the holiday, so be certain to get your band lined up well in advance of the wedding. It would be great fun for your guests if you also had a few traditional Irish step dancers as part of the festivities.
Speaking of festivities, food and drink are also important. The traditional St. Patrick’s Day dinner of corned beef and cabbage is one option, but there are certainly some other Irish dishes that you can include in the menu. Many are warm and hearty for a cool spring day, like lamb stew and boxty. Irish celebrations are also known for their free-flowing drink, so have plenty of Guinness and Jamison’s on hand!
St. Patrick’s Day would be a great choice for a wedding date. It is a time of revelry and celebration, just like a wedding. So have some fun, and plan an Irish theme wedding that your guests will be talking about for years. Slainte!