When John and Maureen decided to marry in 2006, they talked about their plans for a traditional Irish celebration. Maureen met John at University, and they’ve been together since they were nineteen. Maureen is of Irish heritage, and she wanted to show her love for Ireland during the ceremony and reception.
John and Maureen purchased Maureen’s emerald Celtic pendant through Irish Celtic Jewels, the one she wore on her wedding day. They were so happy with the results that they wanted to tell us about their wedding day: how everything went, and how they incorporated Irish traditions into the wedding and reception.
When they discussed their plans with friends and family, everyone was happy to help them think up some fun and subtle ways to put a little Irish feeling in their wedding.
As Maureen said of the big day, “It wasn’t all Irish…we had an informal wedding where we mixed a lot of different traditions. But the wedding had little touches throughout that were Irish, and everyone enjoyed it.”
John listed some examples of things they did on the big day. “My favorite was Maureen herself. The emerald pendant was beautiful, and so was she.” Here are some other things John and Maureen did to create an Irish feeling on the big day:
- Special Drinks: Irish coffee was served in the wee hours, to keep everyone awake and happy.
- Bridesmaids – the bridesmaids wore dresses in different shades of green.
- Toasts – traditional Irish blessings were quoted during the toasts
- Thank you cards – after the wedding, they sent handmade thank you cards with Celtic script, and decorative designs like love knots and shamrocks on the front of the card.