These Irish Wedding Blessings Make Sweet Ceremony Readings

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Irish wedding traditions are full of symbolism and sweet sentiments. When it comes to an Irish wedding blessing, expect the same rich language and heartfelt emotion. A mix of Celtic sayings early Irish immigrants brought to America centuries ago and blessings still heard in Ireland today, these short poems can be used as unique wedding ceremony readings, as part of your vows or as additions to wedding toasts. Don’t worry if you’re not Irish, either! The beauty and wisdom of an Irish wedding blessing translates well for any culture or religion. Bonus: Many of the Irish wedding blessings are gender-netural, making them perfect vows or ceremony readings for LGTBQ couples as well.

Scroll down to find the perfect Irish wedding blessing for your wedding ceremony.

What’s an Irish wedding like?

As many Irish couples are Catholic, many Irish wedding ceremonies take place in a church, often with a full Mass. Other Irish wedding ceremonies may not be religious at all. Whether an Irish wedding is taking place in Ireland or the United States, there are certain traditions that make these events unique. Handfasting is perhaps the most popular Celtic tradition, where the couple ties their hands together. Other traditions that Irish and Irish-American couples include in their weddings are wearing claddagh rings and Irish kilts, including shamrocks in the decor, ringing wedding bells, and more. Traditional Irish wedding blessings may also be included in ceremonies and receptions, even if the couple isn’t Irish. If these words inspire and hold meaning to you, there’s no reason why you can’t include them in your big day.

This traditional Irish wedding blessing is short and sweet.

You may have heard this Irish wedding blessing at the end of a Drake song, but it originated in Ireland.

Rainbows are especially auspicious in Ireland, so this blessing is extra lucky.

Perfect for religious couples, this Irish wedding blessing is full of symbolism.

With wishes of peace and friendship, this Irish wedding poem is just as perfect as a toast or reading.

Wish the luck of the Irish onto your marriage with this gentle poem.

This short Irish wedding poem is great for Irish American couples.

Many Irish wedding blessings are brief, like this one, but packed with good intentions.

All of life’s biggies are covered in this Irish blessing.

Rain is considered good luck on an Irish wedding, so prepare for a few sprinkles after reading this blessing.

Gaelic Wedding Sayings

You might hear these Gaelic sayings as part of Irish wedding toasts:

Go maire sibh bhur saol nua: May you enjoy your new life.

Go maire tú!: May you live long.

Maireann croí éadrom i bhfad: A light heart lives long.

Sláinte chuig na fir, agus go mairfidh na mná go deo: Health to the men and may the women live forever.

Go n-eirí an t-ádh libh: Good luck to you both

Le mo ghrása mise, agus liomsa mo ghrá: I am my beloved’s and he is mine.

Quotes from Irish Writers

Many famous Irish writers have written words that are ideal for a wedding ceremony or toast. You could even include one of these quotes on your ceremony programs or signage. Here are a few of our favorites:

“I was blessed, and could bless.”—William Butler Yeats

“They lived and laughed and loved and left.”—James Joyce

“Love will heal what language fails to know.”—Eavan Boland

“Never love anyone who treats you like you’re ordinary”—Oscar Wilde

The most important things to do in this world are to get something to eat, something to drink, and somebody to love you.”—Brendan Behan

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