Irish wedding blessings are a sincere expression the Irish love of family, community, and the ability to turn a phrase! On this page - and its companion page on Irish wedding toasts - we will share a few of our favorites.
If this inspires you to know more about Irish customs, please visit our Irish trivia and traditions section here!
Meanwhile, please enjoy our favorite Irish Wedding Blessings!
We Irish know how to live life to its fullest, therefore what better wishes to newlyweds than just that:
May you live all the days of your life...
And may you laugh through the daylight and drink the darkness away.
May you have walls for the wind,
and a roof for the rain,
and drinks beside the fire -
Laughter to cheer you
loving those near you,
and drinking to your heart’s desire!
And may you soon learn that a good memory is one that can remember the day’s blessing
And forget the day’s troubles.
And when there’s no blessings to forget and too many troubles to remember,
May the warmth of your love’s embrace
And a hardy drink coddle your memory to slumber.
Religion, particularly Christianity, plays an important role in Irish culture and traditions. Many of our favorite wedding blessings reflect this.
May the Good Saints protect you and bless you today,
And may troubles ignore you each step of the way.
By the power that Christ brought from heaven,
may you love each other.
As the sun follows its course,
may you follow one another.
As light to the eye,
as bread to the hungry,
as joy to the heart,
may the presence be with you,
of the one that you love,
'til death comes to part you asunder.
May God be with you, may you see your children’s children.
May you be poor in misfortune and rich in blessings.
May you know nothing but happiness,
From this day forward.
Our ancient ancestors were highly attuned to the seasons and the forces of nature. Many Celtic traditions, and the blessings that follow from them, reflect this.
May the road rise to meet you,
May the wind be always at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face,
And the rain fall soft upon your fields.
May the gentle breeze bear witness to your vows
And carry its message to all lands.
May the sun warm your hearts,
And its ever-burning fire fuel your desire for each other.
May the waters provide for you from their bounty,
And comfort your souls with their sounds.
May the earth lend you its strength,
And reveal to you its mysteries.
May you have warm words on a cold evening,
A full moon on a dark night,
and the road downhill all the way to your door.
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If you have enjoyed our section on Irish trivia and traditions, you have probably been exposed to many of the most entertaining ways to express your personal Irish side!
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