There are many wedding cultures in Ireland. A famous one is to contain shamrocks, shovels irish brides and passes in the bridal flowers and on the decor. These are considered as blessed symbols and it is customary to have a wedge in the home so that success rarely runs away. Bells are frequently used in weddings as a symbol of good riches. Once it was common for brides to carry a horseshoe, open side up, down the aisle to ensure that their luck always ran away.

Another attractive union band is the Claddagh band. It promises to be filled with love, camaraderie, and fidelity in the center. When a person becomes engaged and later married, it is flipped over to the left hand and is put on the right hand when they are single. The point of the heart is facing south until the person is married. The ring is a family heirloom that has been passed down through the generations of the family’s women, making it a very special ring with great significance.

Traditionally, a dowry was given to a bride from her family on her wedding day. Although it could come in all shapes and sizes, it was typically goods and money to help her begin her new life. Although it is not as prevalent today, some brides still receive a dowry from their parents to give them the start they need for their marriage.