Creative Irish Wedding Gift Ideas
Celebrate the Irish heritage of the bride or groom by giving an Irish-themed wedding gift.
Whether you are attending an Irish-themed wedding or are looking for a gift for a couple with a strong interest in Ireland, choosing an Irish-themed gift offers the chance to give a personal gift that reflects the couple’s heritage. This article provides ideas for Irish-themed wedding gifts that have a personal touch.
One of the most traditional wedding gifts in Ireland is the wedding bell. Historically, the wedding bell is a symbol of good luck for newly married couples. The wedding bell is such an integral part of Irish weddings that it is often rung during the ceremony, then kept in the house following the marriage. According to legend, ringing the bell whenever there is discord between the couple will break the spirit of discontent and renew the feelings of love between the couple. Irish wedding bells are usually made of crystal, pewter or porcelain, with a claddagh motif incorporated into the design. You can also make your own glass wedding bell using a glass etching kit available at most craft stores, which will allow you to etch a claddagh or shamrock design on a glass bell, as well as adding the couples names and wedding date. For a different twist on this idea, make a wind chime out of small bells strung together and attached to a wooden base for hanging. The soft melody of the wind chimes will be a continual reminder of the couple’s special day.
Another traditional element of the Irish wedding is the wedding benediction: “May God be with you and bless you. May you see your children’s children. May you be poor in misfortunes, rich in blessings. May you know nothing but happiness from this day forward.” Or, you can choose to use the more commonly known Irish blessing: “May the road rise to meet you. May the wind always be at your back. May the sun shine warm upon your face, and rains fall soft upon your fields. And until we meet again, May God hold you in the hollow of His hand.” Either blessing can be incorporated into a number of creative gifts. For example, embroider a blessing onto a pillow or a wall hanging. If you or friends are proficient at calligraphy, print the blessing onto a photo frame mat for the couple to display a wedding picture. If the bride has not already purchased or made a photo album, purchase an album at a craft store, then make an embroidered cover for the album with the blessing. As a truly unique alternative to adding a blessing, research the family coat of arms for the bride and/or groom, and have it embroidered or drawn onto a gift (photo album, matted photo frame, etc.) for the wedding couple.
If the couple has decorated their home with an Irish motif, consider purchasing or making embroidered pillows, bath towels, napkins, tablecloths, placemats and/or kitchen towels with an Irish motif such as shamrocks, Celtic crosses or the claddagh. Alternatively, etch one of these Irish motifs onto champagne glasses using a glass etching kit purchased at your local craft store. If the couple enjoys wine, make your own Irish-themed wine glass markers by adding small beads and pewter charms to pre-cut memory wire. Options for the charms include shamrocks, claddagh, Celtic crosses, horseshoes (a traditional symbol of good luck at Irish wedding), bells and pots-of-gold. Add a bottle of imported Irish wine and snacks, and you can put together an Irish-themed gift basket that is sure to please.