Irish Wedding Traditions

In honor of St. Patrick’s Day, we wanted to share some traditional Irish wedding customs with our readers. Whether you’re celebrating on St. Patrick’s Day, marrying in Ireland, or just wanting to share your heritage, these traditions are deep with meaning and culture, but are totally practical. Channel some luck of the Irish with these traditional yet trendy ideas!

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1. Blue Wedding Dresses: Before white became the universal symbol for brides, the Celtic regarded blue as the color to symbolize purity. Irish brides or destination brides can incorporate this Irish tradition by opting for a soft blue wedding gown. Even designers like Lazaro and Claire Pettibone offer blue options for brides!

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2. Flower Crowns: Traditional Irish brides rarely wore veils. In fact, brides opted for a braided hairstyle adorned with a wildflower wreath. With flower crowns still being all the rage, this Irish wedding tradition is totally doable. Classic brides can incorporate a veil into a flower crown like the bride on the left; simple and subtle yet bridal.

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3. Lavender: Brides would often carry English lavender, which symbolized love, loyalty, luck, and devotion, as their wedding bouquet. Incorporating lavender into your bridal bouquet is an easy way to celebrate this classic tradition.

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4. Bells: Bells were often worn and displayed in order tow are off evil. Some brides included them in their bouquets while others. After a couple was married, they would ring a bell together and keep the bell in their home. If there was ever a difficult time in the marriage, the couple could then ring the bell together to remind themselves of their vows.

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2-Piece Wedding Dresses

If you’re a bride that prefers a more casual bridal fashion, 2-piece wedding dresses may be exactly what you are looking for. This past collection featured stunning separates from a few of our favorite designers, like Reem Acra and Hayley Paige. What’s great about these pieces is that they are understated, yet mesmerizing and totally practical. We absolutely love this completely versatile, fashion-forward style. Dress it up or down and show off your personal style with these unconventional separates!

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A Formal Destination Wedding in Naples, Italy

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Alessandra and Luigi selected Monte Di Procida, Italy in the Naples region to touchdown for their destination wedding. A place near and dear to their hearts, this is the small town where they had family from and where they actually met during one of their summer visits from the US. To bring this fantasy wedding into reality, the couple enlisted destination wedding planner, Art of Perfection Events and Maryla Colandrea shared with us the details of this very special big day.

“About twenty minutes from the bustling city of Naples, Italy is a town called Monte di Procida, an exclusive seaside village, on a bolstering hilltop, with 360 degree views of the Bay of Naples and Surrounding Islands. It is a dream destination and this Italian-American couple who met there years ago knew exactly where they wanted to celebrate their nuptials, in the same “Piazza,” towns-square where it all began.”

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“Alessandra and Luigi wanted guests to indulge in Italy like an Italian.  From yachting to the famous Islands to candlelit dinners overlooking Mount Vesuvius every part of this wedding week was exciting. Cooking classes, Morning espresso and a cornetto in Piazza and Amalfi Coast Villa rentals were just a few of the ways guests toured the Italian life-style.”

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Sohal Beach Club is like a blank white canvas. It is a lovely location on the water overlooking the islands of Ischia and Procida. However, our team of event designers and producers recreated the space to design Alessandra and Luigi’s “Dream” theme that created the whole setting for this lush wedding.”

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“As for the wedding theme, Il Sogno: “The Dream,” was the ongoing thread that kept guest anticipating the wedding day. We romanticized the simple all white outdoor location with lush fabrics, grand carpets and soft tones of blushes and creams for the flowers. But most of all it came to life when people first walked in. The sun gleaming on an angel in the distance swinging in the summer air, just as Luigi told us of his dream when he first met Alessandra. Guests were drawn to the plexy-glass frames telling Luigi’s love-story while guiding them to their first stop the “Photobooth” where all guests were asked to pose for their glamour shot.”

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“Then, to signature cocktails, where they found a massive floral tree that sparkled with Swarovski crystals and personalized dream catchers to help guests find their seat.”

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“As the dreamy “day” became “night” the Dream wedding went Fantasyland with splashes of Gold, Black, White and Silver to transport guests once again to a place of decadence and imagination.”

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“For the Italian music lovers, two famous Italian Singers, Dodi Battaglia and Riccardo Fogli of the legendary group “I Pooh,” stopped by to sing “Alessandra,” a song dedicated to the bride by her father.”

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“Lit butterfly ballerinas on stilts, a human after-dinner drink table, sparklers, mouthwatering Italian desserts and glittering fireworks ended the night for guests who left wondering if it was all real… or just an “ Italian Dream!”

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Congratulations to the newlyweds!

Destination Wedding Photographer: Francesco De Tito

Wedding Vendors: Church: Maria Assunta in Cielo, Monte Di Procida, Reception Venue: Sohal Beach Club, Naples Italy, Bride’s Gown: Pnina Tornai for Kleinfeld Bridal, Destination Guest Planner + Wedding Designer + Guest Villa Rentals + Invitations + Swag Gifts: Art of Perfection Events, Florist: Il Massimo dei Fiori, APevents Details Photographer &  Behind the scenes Videographer: Gennaro Cimmino, Band: “I Pooh” featuring Dodi Battaglia and Riccardo Fogli, Music: Alma y Musica

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Destination Ceremony Backdrops

 The most important part of a wedding (other than the open bar) is the ceremony, and having the perfect backdrop is key. From mountain to beach, to forrest and lake, these gorgeous ceremony arches and canopies make the picture perfect backdrop no matter what theme or style your wedding is. More elegant weddings can opt for a decadent canopies adorned with flowers and vines. Beach weddings, like this one in Bali (bottom left), call for a simpler canopy as to interfere with the breathtaking view. Also, how amazing is the arch perched on top of a shallow river?

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St. John Destination Wedding with Teal!

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Margarita and Mark traveled to St. John for their destination wedding in the sand! The duo had been to the island before and knew it was the perfect spot to wed. So Margarita and Mark enlisted the help of Mary Bartolucci at Island Style Weddings to make the magic happen and she shared with us a bit about their big day.

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“Saying ‘I Do’ in the sand at sunset was a must for this peppy couple! Elisha Orin captured the joyful romance perfectly at breathtaking Trunk Bay.

The Caribbean allows busy couples to get away from it all and really focus on their guests and each other.  It also allows them to really “get it” their big milestone in their lives.”

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What was the inspiration for the décor and that fabulous fashion? The colors of the Caribbean – islands – sea life – natural beauty.”

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Barefoot in the sand gets even cuter with these two flower girls!

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“We even acquired a surprise guest just before the ceremony; his furry entrance made quite an adorable statement with his custom bow tie and lovable face.”

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The beach wedding ceremony was lined with shells and elements befitting of the ocean.

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“As the newlyweds entered into their private reception in Peter Bay, they were greeted with festive streamers, cocktails, and live music from a band they fell in love with in the states and flew them down for their big day! One large dinner table expanded the length of the patio and created an intimate dinner setting that was bustling with laughter.”

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“The evening was filled with smiles, dancing, and love! And towards the end of the night, the pool was filled with the happy newlyweds, their guests, and lasting memories.”

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Congratulations to the newlyweds!

Destination Wedding Photographer: Elisha Orin

Wedding Vendors: Wedding Planner + Design and Decor + Officiant: Mary Bartolucci and Leah Burris of Island Style Weddings, Wedding dress: Allure Bride, Brides shoes: Tory Burch, Groom’s Attire: J. Crew + Perry Ellis, Bridesmaids Dresses + Groomsmen Attire + Flower Girls: J. Crew, Ceremony location: Trunk Bay, Reception location: Villa Carlotta, Upper Peter Bay, St John USVI, Videography: Nazareth Roads Productions, Ceremony Music: Violin- Chris Robberts, Florist: Jessica Aubain- Roses Too Flowers, Reception Entertainment: Orange Yellow Red Music, Catering: St John Catering, Save the dates + Programs: Decadent & Design LLC - Etsy

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