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September 14, 2018 Anniversary Wishes 2 comments

As the father of the bride, you have an opportunity to make a memorable wedding toast. Get inspired by well-written wedding toasts for her big.

Blessings & Toast



Irish and Celtic blessings and toast were a large part of the celtic culture many year ago and are still a celebrated part of the celtic culture today. Irish and Scottish both used language as a gift to inspire and to lift one another up. There are so many blessigns and toast we could not list them all, but here are a few of our favorites from both Ireland and Scotland.




May you both be blessed
With the strength if heaven,
The light of the sun and the
Radiance of the moon,
The splendor of fire,
The speed fo lightning,
The depth of the sea,
The swiftness if wind,
The stability fo earth,
And the firmness of rock.




Wishing you always walls for the wind,
A roof for the rain,
Tea beside the fire,
And the love and laughter of those you hold dear.






May the blessing of light,
Be with you always,
Light without and light within,
And may the sun shine
Upon you and warm your heart
Until it glows
Like a great fire
So that others may feel
The warmth of your love
For one another.



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



May there always be work
For your hands to do.
May your purse always hold
A coin or two.
May the sun always shine
On your windowpane.
May a rainbow be certain
To follow each rain.
May the hand of a friend
Always be near you.
May God fill your heart

Reflecting your Irish heritage in your wedding by incorporating these Irish inspired wedding blessings, toasts and vows into your ceremony.

Irish Wedding Blessings

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Irish Wedding Toasts and Wishes

Because my Irish Wedding toasts and Wishes list is growing fast, I have decided to give them their own page. These free wedding toasts below should help you strike the right note on the big day.

But if you don't find what you are looking for here, have a look at our Irish Wedding Blessings and our main Toasts page as well as the Pages related to Irish Wedding Toast Page.

You really should also visit our Irish Love Poems and Irish Wedding Poems pages for poetry, verse and songs of love, many translated from Gaelic.

Wedding Toasts

Health to the men and may the women live forever

Sláinte chuig na fir, agus go mairfidh na mná go deo.
(Pronounced Slaw-in-cheh chwig nah fir, og-uss guh mir-hig nah mnawh guh jo)

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Health during your life,
A wife of your choice to you,
Land without rent to you,
A child every year to you,
And the light of heaven after this world for you.

Sláinte go saol agat,
Bean ar do mhian agat
Talamh gan chíos agat
Leanbh gach bliain agat,
Is solas na bhflaitheas tar éis an tsaoil seo agat.
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There's no cure for love except to marry.

Níl aon leigheas ar an ngrá ach pósadh.
(Pronounced Neel ane lie-ass er on nraw awch(k) poe-sah
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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 forward.
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Here's to you both, a beautiful pair
On the birthday of your love affair
Here's to the husband and here's to the wife
May yourselves be lovers for the rest of your life
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May you always have money in your pocket
a woman to love
and a smile on your face.
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May all your troubles be little ones
and all your little ones be trouble free.
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Here's to you and yours and mine and ours,
And if mine and ours ever come across 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. 
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If you lie, may you lie only to keep a friend
If you cheat, may you cheat only death
If you steal, may you steal your lover's heart
If you drink, may you drink deeply of the joy of your new life together.
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May all your ups and downs be under the sheets.

(I think that this may be a fairly modern Irish Wedding saying and one I would be very careful about using. Don't want to cause offence!
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Good luck to you both

Go n-eirí an t-ádh libh
(Pronounced Guh nye-ree on taw liv)
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May you live all the days of your life.
— Jonathan Swift
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May you live and may you wear it out

Go mairir is go gcathair
(Pronounced Guh mah-rir is guh gaw-hir)
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May you enjoy your new life.

Go maire sibh bhur saol nua.
(Pronounced Guh mah-reh shiv voor say-ol nu-ah)
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May you be poor in misfortune, rich in blessings, slow to make enemies and quick to make friends. And may you know nothing but happiness from this day forward.
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May your home always be too small to hold all your friends.
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May there always be work for your hands to do,
May your purse always hold a coin or two,
May the sun always shine warm on your windowpane,
May a rainbow be certain to follow each rain,
May the hand of a friend always be near you,
And may God fill your heart with gladness to cheer you.
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Always remember to forget
The troubles that passed away
But never forget to remember
The blessings that come each day
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May a mouse never leave your meal bag with a tear in its eye!
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Love is blind but marriage restores eyesight!
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May your troubles be as few and as far apart as my Grandmother's teeth
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May you have warm words on a cold evening,
A full moon on a dark night,
And the road downhill all the way to your door
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May you live as long as you want,
And never want as long as you live.
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A man's best friend is his mother until he meets his wife.
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May the roof above you never fall in,
And those gathered beneath it never fall out.
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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 forward.
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May the best day of your past be the worst day of your future.
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Pages Related to Irish Wedding Toasts

Find out about Irish wedding customs and traditions and visit our wedding superstitions page for some far-fetched beliefs.

Irish Wedding Blessings

Irish Sayings about Love, Weddings and Marriage

On the main Irish Toasts Page and Irish Blessings Page you may find other toasts and blessings suitable for weddings too. There are few strict guidelines in using either. The important things is to communicate the right message in the right tone.

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The Irish Wedding Blessing – Origin, Meaning & Tradition

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Here in Dublin, St. Patrick's Day is fast approaching, and obviously, we're planning to attend the parade, dressed head-to-toe in shamrock green with a can of Guinness in each pocket (just kidding! I'll be at home in my pyjamas, cleaning out the kitchen cupboards while listening to podcasts!). But we couldn't let our national holiday pass without giving you a little Irish wedding inspiration! Whether you're the born-and-raised-in-Tralee kind of Irish or the second-cousins-once-removed kind of Irish, there are lots of ways to incorporate your heritage into your big day, and traditional Irish wedding blessings and sayings are a great place to start!

You may want to make a subtle patriotic nod by having your bridesmaid read a Seamus Heaney poem during the ceremony, or go all out and exchange vows in the Irish language (as Gaeilge as we say in this part of the world!). Either way, this post has got you covered!

We've gathered some of our favourite Irish-language wedding toasts (with pronunciation guides, don't worry!), ceremony readings by Irish poets, and Irish wedding blessings translated into English, all on one page. There are also handy one-liners to use on everything from stationery to signage!

Spot something you like? Simply scroll down to the end of the post to find our easy-to-use printables. All you have to do is download, print and you're ready to go!

Traditional Irish Language Wedding Toasts

  • Sláinte chuig na fir, agus go mairfidh na mná go deo. [pronunciation: slawn-cha kwig nah fur, og-us guh mar-fig nah mnaw guh joe] (Health to the men and may the women live forever!)
  • Mo sheacht mbeannacht ort! [pronunciation: Muh shocked bannocked urt!] (My seven blessings on you!)
  • Go maire tú! [pronunciation: Guh morra too!] (May you live long!)
  • Go dté tú an céad! [pronunciation: Guh day too un cay-ad!] (May you live to be 100!)
  • Beannacht Dé leat! [pronunciation: Bannocked day lat!] (God’s blessing on you)
  • Go n-éirí an bóthar leat! [pronunciation: Guh nye-ree un bow-her lat!] (May your journey be successful)

Traditional Irish Language Wedding Vows

  • Tha mise (groom’s name) a-nis ‘gad ghabhail-sa (bride’s name) gu bhith ‘nam chéile phòsda. [pronunciation: Tha misha [groom’s name] a-nish gad gowell-suh [bride’s name] guh vih num kayla pohs-dah. (I, [groom’s name] now take you [bride’s name] to be my wife.)
  • Tha mise (bride’s name) a-nis ‘gad ghabhail-sa (groom’s name) gu bhith ‘nam chéile phòsda. [pronunciation: Tha misha [bride’s name] a-nish gad gowell-suh [groom’s name] guh vih num kayla pohs-dah. (I, [bride’s name] now take you [groom’s name] to be my husband. )
  • Ann am fianais Dhé ‘s na tha seo de fhianaisean tha mise a’ gealltainn a bhith ‘nam fhear pòsda/bean chéile dìleas gràdhach agus tairis dhuitsa, cho fad’s a bhios an dìthis againn beò. [pronunciation: Ow-ann ow-am fee-un-ish day snah tha shuh deh fiann-ashion tha misha a-gyall-tin a vih num far pohs-dah/ban kayla deel-us grawd-hock og-us tar-ish goo-it-suh, ko fad’s a vee-us un dee-hish ag-win bee-oh.] (In the presence of God and before these witnesses, I promise to be a loving, faithful and loyal husband/wife to you, for as long as we both shall live.)
  • For our guide to having a traditional Celtic hand-fasting in you ceremony, visit here.

Traditional Irish Wedding Blessings (see printables for the full text!)

  • May God be with you and bless you, may you see your children's children...
  • May the wind be always at your back, may the warm rays of sun fall upon your home...
  • May love and laughter light your days, and warm your heart and home...
  • May your mornings bring joy and your evenings bring peace...
  • Love, life and happiness, may your troubles be few and your blessings many...
  • May your troubles be less, and your blessings be more...
  • May you feel no rain, for each of you will be a shelter to the other...
  • May the meaning of this hour be fulfilled through the days and years to come...
  • Merry met, and merry part, I drink to thee with all my heart...

Ceremony Readings by Famous Irish Poets (see printables for the full text!)

  • Scaffolding by Seamus Heaney
  • He Wishes for the Cloths of Heaven by W. B. Yeats
  • A Poet to his Beloved by W.B. Yeats
  • Her Praise by W.B Yeats
  • The Indian to His Love by W.B. Yeats
  • Lines Written for a Thirtieth Wedding Anniversary by Eavan Boland
  • Oh, Call it By Some Better Name by Thomas Moore
  • We Are Made One with What We Touch and See by Oscar Wilde
  • Her Voice by Oscar Wilde

Traditional Irish Language Wedding One-Liners

  • Céad míle fáilte romhat (Welcome, everyone!)
  • Sláinte! (Cheers!)
  • Grá mo chroí (Love of my heart)
  • Tri na haoiseanna, thar am, mo ghrá (Throughout the ages, beyond time, my love)
  • Grá go deo (Love Forever)
  • Grá, dílseacht, cairdeas (Love, Loyalty, Friendship)
  • Cuisle mo chroí, amhrán m'anama, solas mo oíche (Pulse of my heart, song of my soul, light of my life)
  • Anam cara (Soul mate)
  • Maireann croí éadrom i bhfad (A light heart lives long)
  • Ní neart go cur le chéile (There’s no strength without unity)
  • Le mo ghrása mise, agus liomsa mo ghrá (I am my beloved’s and my beloved is mine)
  • Is tú mo rogha (You are my chosen one)
  • Tá mo chroí istigh ionat (My heart is within you)
  • Mo mhíle stór (My darling)

Traditional Irish Wedding Blessings, Toasts and Vows: Printable Download

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The Traditional Celtic / Irish Wedding Toast: Origins & Examples

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You don’t have to be Irish to appreciate the beauty of these classic Irish wedding blessings.

Irish wedding traditions are full of symbolism and sweet sentiments. When it comes to an Irish wedding blessing, expect the same rich language and heartfelt emotion. A mix of Celtic sayings early Irish immigrants brought to America centuries ago and blessings still heard in Ireland today, these short poems can be used as unique wedding ceremony readings, as part of your vows or as additions to wedding toasts. Don’t worry if you’re not Irish, either! The beauty and wisdom of an Irish wedding blessing translates well for any culture or religion. Bonus: Many of the Irish wedding blessings are gender-netural, making them perfect vows or ceremony readings for LGTBQ couples as well.

Scroll down to find the perfect Irish wedding blessing for your wedding ceremony.

This Irish wedding blessing is short and sweet.

With the first light of sun-

Bless you.

When the long day is done-

Bless you.

In your smiles and your tears-

Bless you.

Through each day of your years-

Bless you.

 

You may have heard this Irish wedding blessing at the end of a Drake song, but it originated in Ireland.

May your neighbors respect you

May trouble neglect you

May the angels protect you

And may heaven accept you

 

Rainbows are especially auspicious in Ireland, so this blessing is extra lucky.

Wishing you a rainbow

For sunlight after showers—

Miles and miles of Irish smiles

For golden happy hours—

Shamrocks at your doorway

For luck and laughter too,

And a host of friends that never ends

Each day your whole life through!

 

Perfect for religious couples, this Irish wedding blessing is full of symbolism.

May the road rise to meet you.

May the wind be always at your back.

May the sun shine warm upon your face,

the rain fall soft upon your fields.

And until we meet again,

may God hold you in the palm of his hand..

This short blessing celebrates life’s core values.

Love, life and happiness;

may your troubles be few and your blessings plenty.

 

With wishes of peace and friendship, this is just as perfect as a toast or reading.

May your mornings bring joy and your evenings bring peace.

May your troubles grow few as your blessings increase.

May the saddest day of your future

Be no worse than the happiest day of your past.

May your hands be forever clasped in friendship

And your hearts joined forever in love.

Your lives are very special,

God has touched you in many ways.

May his blessings rest upon you

And fill all your coming days.

 

Wish the luck of the Irish onto your marriage with this gentle poem.

Lucky stars above you,

Sunshine on your way,

Many friends to love you,

Joy in work and play-

Laughter to outweigh each care,

In your heart a song-

And gladness waiting everywhere

All your whole life long!

 

This short poem is great for Irish American couples.

May you always walk in sunshine.

May you never want for more.

May Irish angels rest their wings

Right beside your door.

 

Many Irish wedding blessings are brief, like this one, but packed with good intentions.

Bless you and yours,

As well as the cottage you live in.

May the roof overhead be well thatched

And those inside be well matched.

 

All of life’s biggies are covered in this Irish blessing.

May you have love that never ends,

lots of money, and lots of friends.

Health be yours, whatever you do,

and may God send many blessings to you!

 

Rain is considered good luck on an Irish wedding, so prepare for a few sprinkles after reading this blessing.

Happy is the bride that rain falls on

May your mornings bring joy and your evenings bring peace.

May your troubles grow few as your blessings increase.

May the saddest day of your future

Be no worse than the happiest day of your past.

May your hands be forever clasped in friendship

And your hearts joined forever in love.

Your lives are very special,

God has touched you in many ways.

May his blessings rest upon you

And fill all your coming days.

We swear by peace and love to stand,

Heart to heart and hand to hand.

Hark, O Spirit, and hear us now,

Confirming this our Sacred Vow.

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