Irish wedding blessings have been handed down from generations past and are a wonderful way to celebrate your Irish heritage on your big day.
Wise old words from Ireland abound, and Irish blessings and sayings for weddings are no exception. Some are heart warming and tender, some are witty and charming, but all sincerely express wishes of love and happiness for the lucky couple.
Irish Blessings, Poems and Sayings For Marriage
In today's blog post, I give you a world of Irish marriage wishes at your fingertips. Or better still a world of Irish wedding blessings on the tip of your tongue, so you can rhyme them off at will, as you wish the happy grooms and brides the very best for their future lives together.
Some of these sayings crossed the Atlantic many years ago, and have become more widely quoted in America than in modern Ireland. But I hope these blessings and sayings will keep Irish eyes smiling and laughing during any wedding celebration, wherever the festivities may be.
You may have come to my website in search of an Irish marriage prayer, an Irish wedding toast or inspiration for creating your own personal Irish wedding vow.
Or you may be father or mother of the bride-to-be, in need of a little help as you prepare a heartwarming and meaningful wedding speech.
Or you may simply wish to honor your Irish heritage during a special wedding celebration.
Whatever you search for, I hope this selection of old Irish wisdom, prayers, blessings and toasts will be helpful as you plan the Big Day.
And so, without further ado, here's a selection of my favorite Irish wedding blessings, some being slight variations of the same blessing.
"May the raindrops fall lightly on your brow
May the soft winds freshen your spirit
May the sunshine brighten your heart
May the burdens of the day rest lightly upon you
And may God enfold you in the mantle of His love."
~ Irish Marriage or Wedding Prayer
Many of the Irish wedding toasts and blessings have been handed down through the generations through a Celtic oral tradition. Here's one I hope you'll love.
"May you have love that never ends,
lots of money, and lots of friends.
Health be yours, whatever you do,
and may God send many blessings to you!"
~ Irish Words of Wisdom for Weddings
The Irish are known worldwide for their love of a good time, and a wedding is no exception. However for weddings, the Irish way with words is usually on display.
May the sun shine, all day long,
everything go right, and nothing wrong.
May those you love bring love back to you,
and may all the wishes you wish come true!
~ Old Irish Wedding Blessing
Sweet sentiments and symbolism are features of these old Irish wedding blessings. Here's one wishing for angels to bless the happy couple.
"May you always walk in sunshine.
May you never want for more.
May Irish angels rest their wings
Right beside your door."
~ Old Irish Blessing
These short verses often rhyme and convey a deep seated wish for nothing but happiness for the couple.
"May your troubles be less,
And your blessings be more.
And nothing but happiness,
Come through your door."
~ Old Irish Wedding Day Blessing
Irish Wedding Prayers
Many of these old blessings take the form of a prayer or a poem.
Here's one that I hope you'll love...
"With the first light of sun-
When the long day is done-
In your smiles and your tears-
Through each day of your years-
~Wedding Day Blessing from Ireland
Some of these sayings are short and sweet, and carry heartfelt wishes for prosperity.
"May you both live as long as you want,
And never want as long as you live."
~ Wise Old Words From Ireland For A Wedding
Many of these old blessings, prayers and sayings were brought to America by early Irish immigrants. They often make wonderful wedding toasts.
"May you enjoy the four greatest blessings:
Honest work to occupy you.
A hearty appetite to sustain you.
A good woman to love you.
And a wink from the God above."
~ Irish Words of Encouragement for the Groom
The lyrical words of an Irish blessing are often packed with emotion and impact.
"May the embers from the open hearth warm your hands,
May the sun's rays from the Irish sky warm your face,
May the children's bright smiles warm your heart,
May the everlasting love I give you warm your soul."
~ Irish Wedding Vow
The Irish love to use rich language to reflect a mix of our Celtic and Christian heritage.
"May the blessings of light be upon you,
Light without and light within.
And in all your comings and goings,
May you ever have a kindly greeting
From them you meet along the road."
~ Wedding Day Blessing from Ireland
Here's one that makes a lovely wedding toast for any friend or relative to say before raising a glass to the bride and groom.
"Be you rich or poor, quick or slow,
May you know nothing but happiness
From this day forward.
And, may the joys of today
Be those of tomorrow."
~ Irish Wedding Wishes From Days Gone By.
Here's a similar version of the previous wedding toast.
"May you be poor in misfortune,
rich in blessings,
slow to make enemies,
quick to make friends.
But rich or poor,
quick or slow,
may you know nothing but happiness
from this day forward."
~ Traditional Irish Wedding Quotation
Irish blessings typically seek to wish good fortune and joy upon the couple as they start their lives together.
"Bless you and yours,
As well as the cottage you live in.
May the roof overhead be well thatched
And those inside be well matched."
~ Traditional Irish Wedding Toast
Many of these old sayings share wishes of good fortune to help the happy couple to start their new life together with a sense of hope and future happiness.
"May God be with you and bless you
May you see your children's children
May you be poor in misfortunes and rich in blessings
May you know nothing but happiness
from this day forward."
~ Irish Marriage Blessing
This one reflects the journey a couple starts together on their wedding day.
"May your mornings bring joy and your evenings bring peace.
May your troubles grow few as your blessings increase.
May the saddest day of your future
Be no worse than the happiest day of your past.
May your hands be forever clasped in friendship
And your hearts joined forever in love.
Your lives are very special,
God has touched you in many ways.
May his blessings rest upon you
And fill all your coming days."
~ Wedding Wishes From Ireland
Wedding Vows from Ireland
Handfasting is the custom of placing a cloth over the hands of the couple as they recite their wedding vows. Here's a beautiful old druid's prayer to recite. Why not tie the knot with this beautiful Irish vow.
"We swear by peace and love to stand
Heart to heart and hand to hand.
Hark, O Spirit, and hear us now,
Confirming this our Sacred Vow."
~ The Druid's Prayer
The next blessing is a beautiful Irish wedding vow. This saying is a truly emotional pronouncement of ever lasting love.
" By the power that Christ brought from heaven
mayst though love me.
As the sun follows its course,
mayst thou follow me.
As light to the eye,
As bread to the hungry,
As joy to the heart,
May thy presence be with me,
Oh one that I love,
'til death comes to part us asunder.
~ Irish Wedding Vow
And always remember, that you don’t have to be Irish to appreciate the loving sentiments shared in these blessings.
"May there be a generation of children
On the children of your children."
~ Marriage Toast From Ireland
If you are Irish, then why not incorporate these blessings into your wedding celebration and embrace your Celtic heritage. Here's one of the most famous of all Irish blessings.
"May the road rise to meet you,
May the wind be always at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face,
The rains fall soft upon your fields.
And until we meet again,
May God hold you in the palm of his hand.
May the road rise to meet you
May the wind be always at your back
May the warm rays of sun fall upon your home
And may the hand of a friend always be near.
May green be the grass you walk on,
May blue be the skies above you,
May pure be the joys that surround you,
May true be the hearts that love you.
~ Traditional Irish Marriage Blessing
May the significance and meaning of your special day, be a testament to the deep unity of spirit that strengthens through love and time.
"May God give you
For every storm, a rainbow,
For every tear, a smile,
For every care, a promise,
And a blessing in each trial.
For every problem life sends,
a faithful friend to share,
For every sign, a sweet song,
And an answer for each prayer."
And there you have it, a round up of Irish sayings for tying the knot.
Printable Sheets Available:
If you'd like to print these blessings as a handout just check this link.
There's a printable PDF file available for saving and sharing.
You may also wish to check out some of my previous romantic posts:
- love and marriage Irish style,
- lessons in love from old Irish sayings,
- romance and the Irish,
- the story of the Claddagh ring.
Slán agus beannacht,
(Goodbye and blessings)
Irish American Mom
P.S. A big THANK YOU to all the photographers and wedding couples who shared their wonderful photos of Irish weddings with a creative commons license, allowing bloggers like me to use them to illustrate our work. I truly appreciate your kindness and generosity. May the sentiments of the wise old words recounted above continue to bless you each and every day.
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