Crowning Inspiration: Emerald Isle Wedding

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

In honor of St. Patrick's Day, here are a few traditions, tokens of good luck
and Irish toasts.
Its good luck ...
- to have a man congratulate the bride first
- to rise with the song of birds, particularly if she hears "cuc-koo"
- to have a well-married woman put on your veil; its bad luck for the bride to
- whenever the bride wears her wedding earings
- to tuck a sprig of shamrock into the bouquet. For the Scottish, it's a branch of white heather
- to marry on December 31st and in the month of April, with the traditional saying “'Marry in May and rue the day; marry in April if you can, joy for maiden and for man.”
- Surprisingly, the bride should never wear green at her wedding, it is considered unlucky!
- to tuck a horseshoe into the bridal bouquet or sew it into the wedding gown.
- use a different road home than the one the bride took to the church. Its a symbol of her new life that begins with her marriage

Wedding Toasts
Bride and Groom:
Friends and relatives so fond and dear
tis our greatest pleasure to have you here
when many years this day has passed
our fondest memories will always last.
So we drink a cup of irish mead
and ask God's blessing in our hour of need.

Bestman and Bridesmaid:
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 your joys be as bright as the morning,
And your sorrows merely be shadows that fade,
In the sunlight of love.
May you have enough
happiness to keep you sweet.
Enough trials to keep you strong.
Enough sorrows to keep you human.
Enough hope to keep you happy.
Enough failure to keep you humble.
Enough success to keep you eager.
Enough friends to give you comfort.
Enough faith and courage in yourself to banish sadness.
Enough wealth to meet your needs.
And one thing more:
enough determination to make each day a more wonderful day
than the day before.


And a Irish Wedding wouldn't be complete without a Bagpiper piping
the Highland Wedding March:

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