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Happy St. Patrick's Day

March 17, 2011
By Jeryse Kelly

In Ireland, the Irish have celebrated St. Patrick's Day as a religious holiday for over a thousand years.  This holiday falls during the Lenten period.  Most families would attend church in the morning and celebrate  in the afternoon by taking  a break from Lenten prohibitions -  eat meat, dance and drink.The first parade did not occur in Ireland, it happened in America with soldiers serving in the military.  They marched through New York in 1762 to reconnect to their Irish roots.

Since this is a wedding/event planning blog we should have some ideas on creating an Irish themed wedding or event.



If this is for a wedding, try to book at an old church or you could also reserve space at an Irish Cultural Center.

Some images that you might like to consider including on your invitations would be the Celtic cross, claddaugh rings or clovers.

You should include some Irish music during the ceremony and dinner time.  I wouldn't overdue the Irish music though and include some modern dance music.  You could see about having bag pipes at the wedding and to march into the reception venue to kick the party off.

Room decor could include potted 4 leaf clover plants, bells of Ireland with wild flowers for centerpieces.  Don't overdue the green.  Just because it is an Irish themed wedding does not mean you have to do everything green and use ALL the Irish symbols.  Just pick a few of the symbols.  Crystals can also be used since Waterford is in Ireland!

An Irish themed wedding can be very beautiful and classy.  Enjoy your wedding and Happy St. Patrick's Day.

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