Irish Wedding Traditions

Wedding Veils
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Long ago a bride would be veiled to hide her away from evil spirits and from fairies who would steal her for her fine dress. A veil was also thought to represent purity and chastity.

Irish Old Shoe
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It was considered bad luck to get married in a pair of new shoes for they would entice the Irish fairies to steal the bridal couple and take them to the magical land of Tir na n’Og.

Irish Five Pence
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The Irish Five Pence was given to the bride on her wedding day so she could wear it in her shoe as a symbol of good luck and many blessings. Today many brids will do the same by placing a five pence in the bride’s flowers.

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