There are many unique features of an Irish wedding. Here are some interesting Irish wedding toasts you can use and store for a special day!
If you are mesmerized by the Irish culture, then surely an Irish wedding would be on the cards for you. There are many traditional customs associated with these weddings. In one such case, the groom gets invited to the bride’s home before the D-day, where goose is cooked in his honor. Yet another custom about Irish weddings is that the brides carry a real horseshoe with them. Since horseshoes represent good luck, brides are made to carry these with the hope that their luck never runs out. Today, this custom is slightly modified with brides carrying a horseshoe made of fabric on their wrist.
Generally, no Irish wedding would be complete without a music band. Many typically Irish wedding ceremoniess have popular Irish songs playing, such as “The Irish Wedding Song” or “My Favorite Irish Rose”. The traditional wedding cake is filled with almonds, raisins, and even topped with cherries. Many times, a piper is also hired for an Irish wedding. The people of this country are also known for their love to relax and drink as well.
The fun element is also added in many weddings with the inclusion of the magic hanky. This bride has to carry the magic hanky, which can be turned into a bonnet with a few stitches for the couple’s first baby. This can in turn be changed back into a hanky with a few snips here and there. Apart from these, there are certain other distinctive traditions that are seen at Irish weddings, such as the use of kilts, the Claddagh ring, bagpipes, and special toasts.
Propose a Toast to . . .
Sláinte chuig na fir, agus go mairfidh na mná go deo. ― Health to the men, and may the women live forever!
Go mairir is go gathair. ― May you live and may you wear it out.
May your grass always be green
May your skies forever blue
May God Bless the Irish
And may God bless you!
May the luck of the Irish possess you,
May the devil fly off with your worries,
May God bless you forever and ever.
May your troubles be less and your blessings be more,
And nothing but happiness come through your door.
May the Lord keep you in His hand,
And never close His fist too tight.
May there be a generation of children,
On the children of your children.
May your pockets be heavy and your heart be light,
May good luck pursue you each morning and night.
Long live the Irish!
Long live their cheer!
Long live our friendship, year after year!
Here’s to you and yours,
and to 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!
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!
May you have all the happiness
and luck that life can hold.
And at the end of all your rainbows,
may you find a pot of gold.
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.
Here’s to health, peace, and prosperity. May the flower of love never be nipped by the frost of disappointment, nor shadow of grief fall among your family and friends.
Sláinte go saol agat, Bean ar do mhian agat. Leanbh gach blian agat, is solas na bhflaitheas tareis antsail seo agat. ― Health for life to you, 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.
May the roof over your heads be as well thatched
As those inside are well matched.
May your day be touched
by a bit of Irish luck,
brightened by a song in your heart,
and warmed by the smiles
of the people you love.
May the Good Lord
Watch over you
As you grow in love
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.