The Irish Wedding Guest Book
and Irish Wedding Ideas.

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The Irish wedding guest book is one of the first things your friends and family will see on the day of your Irish themed wedding. Make yours one to be remembered and one to make memories. You can choose from many different designs for your guest book.

Before I go on here I need to note that the ideas on this page are for an Irish "themed" wedding. They are not necessarily used in traditional Irish weddings. You can find those on other pages of this section of the website. I was informed by a very irate Irishwoman that I "really haven't a clue" and some of these ideas "would be considered tacky even in Ballymun" People of Ballymun please don't take offense I'm just quoting here.

Ok, now that's off my chest shall we continue, this is suppose to be fun after all.

You can use a Shamrock theme. Shamrocks are instantly recognizable as Irish. They also have a religious connection. They were used by St. Patrick to represent the Holy Trinity to the Celts. The Celts were already familiar with the Shamrock, it was the Celtic symbol for spring and renewal.

The Celtic Cross is another symbol used by St. Patrick. In order to covert the Celts to Christianity he combined the Christian cross with the Celtic symbol of the sun. He did this by using symbols they were familiar with. This is also a distinctively Irish symbol.

Claddagh guestbook

Claddagh Guestbook
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Celtic By Design

The Claddagh originating in Galway is very Irish. The Claddagh is two hands clasping a crowned heart. The hands stand for friendship, the heart stands for love, and the crown stands for loyalty. You can read more about the history of the Claddagh at the Irish wedding rings page.

Celtic Knots would be an excellent design to use on your Irish wedding guest book. They would look especially nice embroidered on your Celtic wedding gown. Originally Celtic knots did not really have any meaning assigned to them. They were just a form of decoration. I think they are really cool decorations though. Now people like to have meanings for the knots. The Celtic Love Knot is one used at weddings today. It is suppose to represent two lives intertwined in undying eternal love. It doesn't get any more romantic than that, does it?

The Irish Harp is a good theme to use on your Irish wedding guest book. It not only is a symbol for Ireland it is also a trademark used by Guinness beer. In the old days the Harpist was considered the aristocrat of all the Irish musicians.

I think it is almost a requirement in an Irish themed wedding to use Gaelic. The Irish take great pride in their native language. You can look up some meaningful Irish phrases, sayings, blessings or proverbs to fit in with your theme. You can show the English translation or not. Gaelic can be used on your Irish wedding invitations, too. If Gaelic is a little too much for you then you can always use Celtic script, in English, and still keep your theme.

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The above are just a few ideas to get the creative juices flowing for your Irish theme wedding. The Irish wedding guest book is only one small part of the many planning details for your special day. You may want to use traditional Irish wedding vows or write your own. Irish music will really set the tone for the day. Don't forget the reception, where the best man and others will need to come up with the perfect Irish wedding toast.

You might be able to find ideas to use in your wedding by looking at old Irish wedding traditions. Some are definitely outdated; others might be adaptable for today. You are only limited by your imagination.

You can get some good Irish theme wedding favors and some more excellent ideas at the "Celtic by Design" website's Irish wedding section . Just browse around the site and you'll see what I mean.

Try not to stress out too much when planning your wedding (you will stress out). Try to have fun (you will have fun). Remember, if something goes wrong at your wedding, especially if goes spectacularly wrong, it will be a wedding remembered by your guests for years to come.


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