There’s never a bad time to get married and weave an Irish theme into the celebrations, and you can find beautiful Irish gifts for weddings for any time of year, but there are old beliefs that the month of your marriage influences your future. Spring and early summer are hugely popular times of the year for weddings, but autumn has a lot going for it. Aside from the hope of more options for the venue for your reception, you have a dash of Irish tradition on your side. Unless you are considering October, that is. October has mixed reviews.
An old Irish verse covers all the months of the year, and says this about the autumn months:
Marry in September’s shine, your living will be rich and fine.
If in October you do marry, love will come but riches tarry.
If you wed in bleak November, only joy will come remember.
Autumn is a wonderful time of year for a wedding for many reasons. If you want a rich, emerald green as a wedding color, autumn is a prime time for jewel tones. If you want a really different and traditionally Irish look for your wedding, you could pair a blue bridal gown with green bridesmaids’ dresses. While today, most Irish brides do wear white, traditionally blue was the color of wedding dresses – and it lends itself nicely to the old adage about something borrowed, something blue, something old and something new.
Your reception menu can make the most of popular Irish dishes in the autumn too. Roasted vegetables dominate the Irish menu in autumn and winter – carrots, parsnips and of course potatoes. Salmon and roast chicken are also typical dinner favorites in the cool weather. A traditional Irish wedding cake is nothing like the fluffy, light wedding cakes popular in the USA and elsewhere. It is a rich, fruit cake with fondant icing, and it is really perfect in the autumn and winter with a cup of steaming hot tea – or an Irish coffee.
Of course, if you are a guest at an autumn wedding, you have such a wealth of wonderful Irish gifts for weddings to fit the season. The newlyweds are facing into winter, and no doubt it will be a winter that features a lot of time spent curled up together. A nice warm throw blanket is both practical and romantic, and ideal if they are moving into a new home together. If they have an Irish surname, you can even find covers for couch pillows featuring their coat of arms. Tea sets are also perfect Irish gifts for couples setting up house together or just revamping their home after their wedding. You can find them in a range of styles from traditional, delicate shamrock pieces to Celtic designs. Belleek makes ‘himself’ and ‘herself’ mugs with a design that has been delighting people since the 1800s, and the mugs are sold individually so you can order whichever combination suits the happy couple.