“Here’s to me, and here’s to you. And here’s to love and laughter.
I’ll be true as long as you. And not one moment after.”
Although St. Patrick’s Day may be initially thought of as a holiday filled with parades, leprechauns, rainbows, and lots…and lots of alcohol, there can be a beautifully classy way to celebrate your wedding on St. Patrick’s Day – staying away from the cliche and embracing the color and tradition.
Inspired, of course, by the a bright Emerald color accented with gold hues, your wedding can entail St. Patrick’s Day details while remaining chic and elegant. Without pushing the clover too much, rather have a your bridesmaids wear a golden shamrock necklace or bracelet (also a great gift from the bride/groom) to shine with their emerald dresses. For the groom and groomsmen, add small Irish elements in their ties or even cuff-lings. The bride can use the green in her shoes, hair piece, garter, and more without being too flashy and taking away from her wedding gown.
In addition to the lovely sound of Irish tunes welcoming your guests (My Wedding Music) into a magnificent cathedral, if you or your fiance truly has Celtic roots, there are a few traditions, surpassing the most widely known Claddagh Ring, that can be incorporated into your wedding ceremony. “Tying the Knot” actually came from the couple actually clasping hands during the ceremony and having a rope/cord wrapped around the joined hands to represent the couple sharing their lives. Also, since many couples no longer have receiving lines where guests would throw flower petals or blow bubbles – rather, share small bells with your guests that they are able to ring as you are pronounced husband and wife. (If you’re nervous about guests holding onto bells during your ceremony – after communion, as most likely it will be a Catholic Service, have baskets placed in each row to pass to all guests prior to the end of the ceremony).
A castle-like environment would be a great location to host your March Pittsburgh wedding (Hyeholde or Shakespeare’s) To welcome your guests into the reception, a good luck horseshoe (perhaps dipped in gold glitter or spray painted gold metallic to add a little fancy) with an escort card attached – with a note wishing your guests “luck.”
Bells of Ireland mixed with white roses, orchids, and hydrangeas, even gold branches could be added for a sparkle, will be the focal point of the guest tables, surrounded by sparkling gold and emerald place settings over gold linens. The emerald color will be seen in the Menu Cards, table numbers, escort cards, etc.
To really add to the “St. Patrick’s Day” Inspiration, have fun by using Irish inspired cupcakes, and fill the candy table with yummy green treats and Irish decor!
“May the luck of the Irish be with you!”
Please Contact Epic Event Planning by Jessica & Kourtney to plan your Pittsburgh St. Patrick’s Day Wedding Celebration!
Photo Credits: Bridal Accessories Photo – Bridal Guide\\Bridesmaids’ Dresses – Style Me Pretty\\Lucky Collection of Ties – Petite Peanut via Etsy\\Clover Cuff-lings – Emmagemshop via Etsy\\Irish Knot Ceremony and Guest Bells – Irish Central\\Horseshoe Favors/Escort Cards – Cluney Photo at Style Me Pretty\\Bells of Ireland Centerpieces – Perla Farms\\Place Setting – Heidi Ryder Photography via Green Wedding Shoes\\Emerald Stationery Pieces – Chard Photography via Brides of Adelaide\\Shamrock Cupcakes – My Baking Addiction\\St. Patrick’s Day Candy Buffet – Catch My Party\\Irish Creme Cupcake – Sprinkle Bakes via IVillage