Top tips for incorporating St. Patrick’s Day into your nuptials tastefully, including advice from celebrity chefs Rachel Allen and Neven Maguire
1. Wedding menu
Speaking to the Wedding Journal about how to host a St. Patrick’s Day inspired wedding meal, Irish celebrity chef and author Rachel Allen shares the following advice.
Serve native Irish Oysters as a starter. They are a little more expensive than rock oysters but one of the world’s great delicacies, grown all along the west coast of Ireland.
For the main course go for glazed loin of bacon with Irish mist sauce and buttered green spring cabbage. The rich buttered cabbage, slightly salty bacon and sweet Irish mist sauce is so delicious and satisfying.
Individual Irish coffee cakes served in tea cups with Irish whisky caramel and whipped cream makes for a very smart but playful dessert. For drinks serve Black Velvet; one third champagne to two thirds Guinness, best served in a champagne glass.
RTE celebrity chef and mastermind behind MacNean House & Restaurant in Cavan, Neven Maguire shares his suggestions for an Irish inspired wedding menu:
For starters go for smoked salmon, there are some delicious Irish smoked salmon available.
For mains serve braised beef cheek in Ireland’s world-famous Guinness with a delicious creamy potato puree side.
Classic apple tart is a firm dessert favourite for Irish people.
For drinks you can’t beat a hot whiskey – depending on cold it is in March.”
Traditionally the Claddagh ring was given in Ireland as a token of love, loyalty and friendship, or as an engagement ring.
The familiar design features two hands clasping a heart and crown – the heart symbolises love, the hands represent friendship and the crown symbolises loyalty.
If you don’t want to commit to replacing your wedding ring with a Claddagh ring, give this ring as a gift to your bridesmaids or flower girls.
Treat your guests to Irish-made confectionery such as Butlers milk chocolates, butter fudge from Pandora Bell, Áine handmade chocolate, or strawberry truffles from Blarney Chocolate Factory for example.
Or opt for an Irish made gift such as the Voya seaweed-based beauty products or organic candle, or this just for fun Aran knit jumper key-ring.
From green hued Save the Date’s to wedding invitations with Celtic symbols, there are lots of ways to add a touch of Irish to your wedding stationery.
We love the rustic invitation by Maeve Keavey Creations featuring burlap, lace and miniature shamrocks.
5. Irish traditions
There’s no better time than St. Patrick’s Day to incorporate an Irish custom into your wedding day.
The phrase ‘tying the knot’ comes from an old Irish tradition that symbolises the bond of marriage, in the same way that the exchange of rings does in most ceremonies nowadays.
During the ceremony the couple clasp their hands together, and a brightly coloured ribbon, cord or rope is wound around their joined hands.
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