St. Patrick’s Day is just around the corner, and that means soon everyone will be running around town saying, “Kiss me, I’m Irish.” But for 33 million Americans, that slogan is valid all year long; these folks have Ireland in their blood.

If you or your sweetheart have any Irish heritage, your wedding day can be a great opportunity to celebrate the Emerald Isle. How? Here are a few ideas:

Have a Handfasting Ceremony

Handfasting is an ancient marriage ceremony in which the couple’s hands are literally bound together with a cord or rope, signifying their commitment to one another. While this practice originally belonged to the ancient Celtics, these days handfasting is a popular way to symbolize your undying love (even Kate and William did it on their wedding day).

Play Traditional Music

Music plays a big role in every wedding ceremony. Whether you have a live band entering your guest or a Spotify playlist of your favorite love songs, music helps set the mood for the whole event. So, why not pick some music that pays homage to your Irish heritage? Many traditional Irish songs can be performed on the bagpipe or the harp, and these beautiful instruments will truly set the tone for your wedding.

Dress Up in Green

What’s the easiest way to show your love for the Emerald Isle? Wearing green, of course! Adding shades of green to your wedding color palette will instantly inject a little Irish flavor to your special day. Wear green accessories with your wedding gown. Have your bridesmaids wear green dresses. Give the groom a bright green pocket square. The options are endless!

These suggestions will add a subtle touch of Irish flavor to any wedding ceremony. With these tips, you’ll be able to literally tell your sweetheart to “kiss you”… After all, “you’re Irish”!

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Vendor dream team and credits for the featured image:

Photography - Dreamy Elk Photography
Florist - Flor Amor
Venue - The Addison Grove
Coordinator - Altar Ego Weddings
Catering - PEJ Events
Cake - Pink Sugar Cupcakery
DJ - DJ Nixx
Rentals - Bee Lavish Vintage
Calligraphy - Adrian Sam Lettering
Beauty - Tara Jane, Mission Stylehouse
Alterations - Altered for the Altar
Transportation - Transportation Consultants