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Irish Wedding Toasts and Blessings

It’s an Irish tradition to toast the bride and groom as the wedding party gathers at the reception. Everyone would have their glasses full of mead and recite an Irish toast. The Irish aren’t known for being short on words so it comes as no surprise that there dozens of traditional toasts for your day. Here are some examples to include in your wedding.

From You to Your Guests

The couple says:
“Friends and relatives, so fond and dear,
’tis our greatest pleasure to have you here.
When many years this day has passed,
fondest memories will always last.
So we drink a cup of Irish mead and ask
God’s blessing in your hour of need.”

Guests respond:

“On this special day,
our wish to you,
the goodness of the old,
the best of the new.
God bless you both who drink this mead,
may it always fill your every need.”

May the….

“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.
And when eternity beckons,
at the end of a life heaped high with love,
May the good Lord embrace you
with the arms that have nurtured you
the whole length of your joy-filled days.”

“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 my friend
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 with gladness to cheer you.”

“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.”

“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.”

“May the gracious God hold you both
in the palm of His hands.
And, today, may the Spirit of Love
find a dwelling place in your hearts.”

Irish Wedding Vows

Reflecting your Irish heritage in your wedding ceremony is a way to not only celebrate who you are but also to share within your love a romantic and beautiful tradition. Incorporate these Irish inspired wedding vows into your ceremony.

“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.”

“I have known many, Liked not a few,
Loved only one I toast to you.”

“By the power that Christ brought from heaven, mayst thou love me.
As the sun follows its course, mayst thou follow me.
As light to the eye, as bread to the hungry, as joy to the heart,
May thy presence be with me,
Oh one that I love, ’til death comes to part us asunder.”

“Ye are Blood of my Blood, and Bone of my Bone.
I give ye my Body, that we Two might be One.
I give ye my Spirit, ’til our Life shall be Done.”

Handfast Ceremony Blessing

“Now you are bound one to the other
With a tie not easy to break.
Take the time of binding
Before the final vows are made
To learn what you need to know –
To grow in wisdom and love.
That your marriage will be strong
That your love will last
In this life and beyond.”

The Giving of Rings Verse

“I take you my heart
At the rising of the moon
And the setting of the stars.
To love and to honor
Through all that may come.
Through all our lives together
In all our lives,
May we be reborn
That we may meet and know
And love again,
And remember”

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Here is a collection of Irish Wedding Toasts and Wishes for the special day. Often funny but always free to use and adapt.

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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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Irish & Celtic Wedding Toasts and Wedding Blessings

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Planning an Irish wedding?  Skip the cliche green dress and use these authentic Irish wedding traditions to transport your guests to a Celtic wedding wonderland!  Here are some of my favorite authentic traditions that will also compliment modern wedding trends, traditions, and fashion!

Irish Wedding Tradition #1:Five/Six Pence

According to tradition a silver sixpence was placed in the bride’s left shoe as a symbol of happiness, joy, finances, etc.  If a sixpence is not available a five pence can be supplemented.

Irish Wedding Tradition #3:Wishing Stones

When traditional Irish weddings were held by the water, guests would each make a wish for happiness on a stone and toss them into the water.  Blogger, Mrs. Cola on WeddingBee, added a creative twist on this tradition by incorporating it with the wedding guest book.  She suggests having wedding guests sign the stones with their well wishes and drop them into a vase of water.  After the wedding you can use the stones for various decorating projects around your home.

 

Irish Wedding Tradition #3:. Horse Shoe

A horseshoe, when held up right (yes, the picture is not perfectly upright but it is beautiful), represents luck, don’t tip it upside or its believed your luck will run out! Today’s brides will supplement a full size horse shoe for a simple pendant or a charm pinned to the bouquet. However, at Floral Design by Jacqueline Ahne, a horse shoe can be the base for an unique cascade wedding bouquet:

 

Irish Wedding Tradition #4:Symbolic Flowers in The bouquet

  • Bells of Ireland – Luck for the new couple!
  • Daisy – Innocence and Beauty of the bride.
  • Forget-Me-Not – True love…
  • Gardenia – Secret Love…
  • Ivy – Fidelity in the marriage.
  • Laurel – Success in the couple’s new life together!
  • Lavender – Devotion…
  • Lilly – Passion and purity in love.
  • Lilly of the Valley – Sweetness of love.
  • Peony – Honor one another.
  • Primrose – Eternal love in the new marriage
  • Rose – Passion and joy for the new couple.
  • Shamrocks – A sprig of Shamrock in the bride’s bouquet brings good luck.

Irish Wedding Tradition #5:Flower Wreath

Skip the veil or compliment it with a traditional wreath of flowers in your hair!  Bride, Cliona chose a simple baby’s breath wreath to compliment her veil in her wedding to Conor.  Their beautiful wedding was featured on OneFabDay.com and photographed by Pawel Bebenca and it was lovely!

Irish Wedding Tradition #6: The Wedding Bell

Also referred to as the “Make-Up Bell”, this bell was presented to the couple on their wedding day and rung during the ceremony.  After the wedding the couple will ring the bell during marital arguments to remind them of the love and joy they felt on their wedding day.

 

Irish Wedding Tradition #7:Coin Presentation

On their wedding day a groom gives his bride a new coin and says “I give you this as a token of all I possess.”  Simple, sweet, and meaningful.

 

Irish Wedding Tradition #8:Oatmeal and Salt

According to legend if the couple eats oatmeal and salt on the wedding morning they will be protected from evil spirits.  However, you may want to bake it into a cookie as a nice breakfast treat!

 

Irish Wedding Tradition #9:Meade Toast In Place of Champagne

Made from honey, mead is the beverage that coined the term ‘honeymoon.’  A Meade toast is a way to wish the couple well on their future together.

 

Irish Wedding Tradition #10:Irish Lace

Not only is lace a popular choice in today’s wedding fashion but its also important to Irish tradition.  If you are not a fan of lace gowns try a lace jacket like the ones featured on the IrishLaceMuseum website or use an Irish lace handkerchief.

 

 

Irish Wedding Tradition #11:The Bride’s Handkerchief

Irish brides traditionally pin a lace handkerchief inside their wedding dress, around the bouquet, or carry one in the wedding purse, which has been embroidered with her initials and the wedding date.  Later the handkerchief is used as a bonnet for the couple’s first born’s Christening.

 

Irish Wedding Tradition #12:A Blue Dress!

Forget about white, the traditional Irish wedding dress color is blue!  Lucky for you wedding gowns with color are very popular today.  After doing some extensive research I really prefer Lazaro‘s blue wedding gowns!  The collection ranges from subtle blue flowers, for a more modern-traditional look, to full cascading blue tulle…lots of options!

 

Specialising in wedding music, Celtri is an Irish Traditional Musical Trio Biggest congratulations to our newly weds Andrew and Catherine who tied the knot.

Irish Wedding Traditions

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Giving a toast can be nerve racking why not take bit of your Irish heritage and use an Irish toast or blessing end your toast.  Always a crowd pleaser. 

Irish & Celtic Blessings

  Celtic Blessing
May you both be blessed
  with the strength of heaven,
The light of the sun and the 
   radiance of the moon
 The splendor of fire,
The speed of lightning,
The swiftness of wind,
The depth of the sea,
The stability of earth,
And the firmness of rock. 



Irish Blessing 
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 other may feel
The Warmth of your love
For one another. 


(Most Famous) Irish Blessing 
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. 


Irish Marriage Blessing
May God be with you and bless you.
May you see your children's children.
May you be poor in misfortunes
  and rich in blessings.
May you know nothing but 
happiness from this day forward. 


Irish Blessing
May your neighbors respect you, trouble neglect you, 
the angels protect you,
and heaven accept you.  May the Irish hills caress you.
May her lakes and rivers bless you.  
May the luck of the Irish enfold you.
May the blessings of Saint Patrick behold you.

Irish and Celtic Toasts


Celtic Toast
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. 



Irish Toast
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. 


Irish Toast 
May joy & peace surround you,
  Contentment latch y our door;
    And happiness be with you now,
      and bless you evermore.

Irish Toast 
May you have warm words on a cold evening,
a full moon on a dark night,
and a smooth road all the way to your door.


Irish Toast 
May your pockets be heavy and your heart be light,
May good  luck pursue you each morning and night.

In today's blog post, I give you a world of Irish marriage wishes at your fingertips. Or better still a world of Irish wedding blessings on the tip of.

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