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!


{Left: Emm and Clau Photography via French Wedding Style, Right: Greer Gattuso Photography via Wedding Sparrow}

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!


{Left: Feather & Twine Photography via SMP, Right: Paper Antler Photography via Wedding Party}

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.


{Left: Marin Kristine Photography via SMP, Right: Kelsey Combe Photography via SMP}

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.


{Left: Juxtapost, Right: Aspect Photography via GWS}

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.


Lavender and Pale Pink Weddings

lavender and coral weddings{Photo: Richard Davies}

Today I was inspired by this beautiful photo of old luggage I stumbled upon on Pinterest recently (my latest obsession).  Not following us there?  We’ve got even more destination wedding inspiration over on our boards, click to follow and we’ll keep you updated with great wedding day finds!  Anyway, back to our post – pale pink and lavender wedding finds fit for your destination wedding!

Flowing fabrics make great additions to a reception (keep in mind the wind factor however if you’re getting married on the beach or other outdoor space).  Billowing fabric in the wind makes the palette all the more beautiful, just be sure to anchor it down to a degree so you don’t get wrapped up in it!

pink and lavender wedding{Photos: Flowers: Pinterest, Chair Cover: Wildflower Linen}

 We love the look of this watercolor invitation – a unique way to weave in the entire spectrum of the color palette without overpowering the sentiment of the day or the text on the page.

lavender and pink weddings{Photos: Invitation: Stephanie Once Photography, Bride: The Perfect Palette}

Variations of the shades work great too; consider pairing a pale pink with some more rose tone colors too!

coral pink weddings{Photos: Fabrics: Project Wedding, Flowers: Saipua}

And don’t forget the lavender!  A sophisticated lavender bridesmaid dress that can actually be worn again!  And if you’re saying “I do” in the countryside then consider tossing dried lavender instead of petals.

lavender weddings{Photos: Seeds: Tulle + Teacups, Dress: Saks}

If you’re getting married on the shore, then perhaps a more coral pink bridesmaid dress will fit your theme.  Add a little pop of gold with those neutral tones and you’ve made a fashion forward statement your gals will love.  Then round out the night with a dessert bar blending all your hues together.

coral and purple wedding{Photos: Dress: Miss Selfridge, Dessert Bar: Katie Neal via Alchemy Fine Events}


French Countryside Weddings

Lately I find myself daydreaming more and more about the many beautiful sides of France.  From fashion-forward city nuptials to countryside outdoor affairs – all seem to have such depth and character in the design.  So as we continue our jaunt through French inspiration, I thought I’d share a few French countryside destination wedding ideas.  Considering the Loire Valley?  The garden of France!  Then consider using lots and lots of lavender, think cheese cloth and other unique fabric textures, rustic wood pieces and wildflowers in abundance to create this air of casual elegance outside in a French field.  And while the Eiffel Tower might be a city monument, age it with a vintage postcard and it fits in quite nicely with the tone of these events. Je l’aime!

france countryside weddings{Photos: Postcard: Pinterest, Place Card: KT Merry via Style Me Pretty, Bride & Groom: Amy Punky Photography via OnceWed, Reception Table: Style File, Soap Favor: The Pretty Blog, Macarons: We Heart It, Dessert Bar: Pacific Weddings, Cheese Bar: Michael and Anna Costa via Style Me Pretty, Croquenbouche: Karen Mordechai via Grey Likes Weddings}