A couple shows off their wedding rings
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AN IRISH WEDDING PROVERB
Don’t walk in front of me, for I may not follow. Don’t walk behind me, for I may not lead. Walk beside me and always be my friend.
A FEW IRISH WEDDING TRADITIONS
- A fine day means good luck, especially if the sun shines on the bride.
- Those who marry during harvest will spend all their lives gathering.
- A man should always be the first to wish joy to the bride, never a woman.
- Salt and pepper shakers are a lucky wedding gift.
- No one in the wedding party should wear green, the color of envy.
- The newlyweds should always take the longest road home from the church.
- It is bad luck if a glass or cup is broken on the wedding day.
- The bride shouldn’t put on her own veil; a happily married woman should do the honors.
- It’s lucky to marry during a ‘growing moon and a flowing tide.’
- When leaving the church, someone must throw an old shoe over the bride’s head so she will have good luck.
- If the bride’s mother-in-law breaks a piece of wedding cake on the bride’s head, they will be friends for life.
- A horseshoe nailed over the newlyweds’ door (pointing up like the letter ‘U’) will ensure the couple’s life together will be lucky.
- A bride and groom should never wash their hands in the same sink at the same time – it’s courting disaster if they do.
AN IRISH WEDDING TOAST
May you both live as long as you want, and never want as long as you live.
TRADITIONAL IRISH WEDDING CAKE
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