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.


Italian Wedding Details

After yesterdays Italy post, it got me inspired to continue researching Italian weddings. Traditional Italian weddings are known for big extravagant parties and super romantic nuptials. Romance and extravagance? I like the way this wedding is sounding already! Take inspiration from this beautiful land to incorporate into your destination wedding. From soft and sweet decor details to getting away at the end of the night in a signature Italian coupe. Or I also love the idea of getting married in a big, beautiful chapel full of colored stain glass! One thing is for sure a few bottles of amazing wine is definitely a must at any Italy destination wedding! Oh and did you know that in the old Italian days, the groom would wear a piece of iron inside his suit in order to ward off any evil like fear, jealousy, or any envious feelings that may disturb his happiness on his big day? Isn’t that so sweet?

Italian Wedding Details

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Destination Wedding in Sweden

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Ramy and Frida traveled to Sweden for their unique destination wedding at the beautiful castle of Tjolöholms Slott.  If this castle looks familiar to you, it’s because it is!  The location is also where the sci-fi movie Melancholia staring Kirsten Dunst and Kiefer Sutherland was recently filmed.  But that wasn’t the reason these love birds selected the venue.  When Frida was a child, she had visited the castle and pretended to wear a wedding dress running off to marry her prince.  So it was perfectly fitting that once she found her grown up prince charming, they would return here to say “I do!”

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Frida and Ramy went with a traditional color palette, as Frida explained.  “We chose the white theme for purity. We wanted the whole wedding to be a thanksgiving to God for all that He has done in our lives.” 

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Their wedding photographer, David Blair shared with us the magic of this location.  “The ceremony took place in an old stone church and was followed quickly by a cocktail hour just outside the castle. The stunning view from the courtyard of the ocean and outlying islands made an exceptional background for this elegant celebration.”

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In attendance at this very special event were friends and family members from several different continents.  Languages from all over the world were spoken at this feast and festive gathering!

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For the intimate dinner reception, the couple relied on friends for some extra assistance.  “The wedding planner provided by the Castle helped manage the whole event but we also had four wedding hosts (in Swedish culture, the bride/grooms close friends act a wedding planners/hosts and actually run the wedding).”

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Congratulations Newlyweds!

Destination Wedding Photographer: David Blair Photography

Wedding Location: Tjolöholms Slott


European Destination Wedding Place Cards

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 I love a themed place card or escort card.  I think it’s those tiny little details that add up to major impact and give your guests something to talk about as they get to know one another.  If you’re hosting a beach wedding, we’ve got great ideas for fun in the sun and on paper for your place cards, but today we’re talking about a destination wedding that’s a bit more muted – perhaps a European destination wedding or one in a countryside of a neighboring state.  Wherever you wed, consider weaving the theme into your place cards and dazzle guests with everything from a split of vino in Italy to a tiny porcelain pig (or cochon if you’re off to France).  Even a baguette serves dual purpose now as a possible place card (and snack)!

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Saying “oui” to Paris?  These faux macarons make excellent bridal shower place cards or a nice embellishment to a garden party wedding.  Or perhaps you’ve selected a beautifully manicured garden in London?  A mini topiary might just be the perfect fit!

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Who doesn’t love their own personal bottle of wine when they walk in the door?!?!  Serve your guests a split of a local wine from the region in which you wed and let it double as a place card and favor for the end of the night!

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Maybe you’re finding your inspiration from history and the beautiful paintings in the nearby museums of the country where you will say “I do.”  Look up historical artists from that locale and create a canvas inspired by the past that serve as place cards in your future.

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And you can’t go wrong with a lace look by placing a doily beneath a glass plate for guests who are searching for their specific seat.

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Happy Travels!



Valentine’s Day Weddings in Rome

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Happy Valentine’s Day!!  In honor of this lovers’ holiday, we wanted to share a bit of wedding inspiration from Rome, Italy – the place where St. Valentine’s (Valentine of Rome) relics can be found today, at the Church of Saint Praxed.

If you’re getting married on this special calendar date, your design can be symbolic and meaningful even if red and pink aren’t poured into the palette.  In fact, typically those flowers go up in cost around the holiday (as do most flowers, but red and pink roses rising the most).  So why not incorporate the rich history that the city of Rome and surroundings have to offer?  Old world meets modern day wedding in the bustling city of love.

Happy Valentine’s Day friends!  And happy wedding day to those of you saying “I do”!

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