Who doesn’t love Ireland? It’s a green land cloaked in mist, mystery and magic, with a rich cultural heritage of art, poetry and music. In honor of this very special month of March and St. Patty’s day, today I want to give a breakdown of all the different ways you can incorporate your Irish heritage into your wedding invitations.
Classic symbol of Irish love: the Claddagh ring
The Claddagh ring is a classic in Irish wedding symbolism. Tradition has it that a bride, on getting engaged, will wear the Claddagh ring with the heart pointing outwards, to indicate that her heart is still restless and seeking love. On getting married, she turns the ring around with the heart pointing inwards, to indicate that her heart has found love and is at home. The Claddagh ring has additional symbolism in its component pieces: hands holding a heart represent friendship, the heart itself represents love, and the crown crowning the heart represents loyalty – all very important elements of a successful marriage. The rich symbolism of the Claddagh ring, especially in its use as an engagement ring, makes it perfect for use in Irish inspired wedding invitations.
Here’s a couple examples of invitation designs utilizing a Claddagh ring:
Celtic knots: a symbol of eternity
The use of knots in Celtic art is an ancient and beautiful tradition. Since Celtic knots have no beginning and no end, they are endless or eternal knots, and a perfect symbol of lifelong love and fidelity – the perfect symbolism to start off your wedding. The tradition of celtic eternity knots as a symbol for love, as well as their striking and distinctive visual beauty, makes them a perfect choice to bring your wedding invitations to the next level.
Ireland: land of fairytales, mist and magic…
Ireland always makes me think of fairytale and lore, and misty fields and forests of beautiful green. Utilize that vibe for your classic, fairytale, Irish-inspired wedding!
Irish wedding invitations: green, green, and more green
Green is a lovely color for wedding invitations. The color of life and nature, green is a fresh and vibrant color for any time of year. Some whimsical botanicals in a few of the following invitations especially bring out that nature theme, so appropriate for an Irish wedding.
Add a little luck o’ the Irish to your wedding day!
Of course, another great symbol of the Irish and St Patrick’s day: luck! Add plenty of Irish luck to your wedding day with these charming invitation designs: