Hosting a St. Patrick's Day wedding is the perfect opportunity for brides to combine Irish culture with a sophisticated twist on a fun day. With the booze flowing, there will definitely be some embarrassing antics and shameful attempts to dance in the most unlikely places. Setting your marriage on March 17th in time for a St. Patrick’s day celebration doesn’t necessarily mean it’s going to be all gaudy and cheap and embarrassing, but you can definitely make this a double celebration! Here are 6 things to keep in mind in preparation for your St. Patrick’s Day wedding!
1. Color Scheme
Green is going to be the predominant color for this day, but the more important question is, which shade of green will you go for? Keep things traditional with an Irish Kelly green shade. But if you’re not into the bright green colors, there are other alternatives like sage or a mint green color palette. Add a touch of gold because after all, that’s where the rainbow leads to!
If you’re looking to get out of your traditional white wedding dress, now’s your chance! Add a green shade to your wedding dress! If you still want to keep your entire wedding dress white but want to wear green, you can do so with your accessories. Emerald jewelry, green shoes, or add a bit of surprise under your wedding gown by wearing green tulle!
Green bridesmaid dresses, on the other hand, look beautiful when paired with fresh wildflowers and lots of green foliage. Make sure the men’s ties match the bridesmaid’s dresses, and your bridal party will just be picture perfect.
Fancy sending out a lucky St. Patrick’s Day invitation? Yes, you can! Play on the words, ‘Lucky in Love’, ‘Lucky Me’, or simply make it a vignette green shamrock wedding invitation. Take your wedding invitation up a notch by ordering acrylic invitations with gold detail and a moss green envelope. It’s a very elegant and formal way to finally invite your guests to a special affair.
4. Table Décor
Keep your table decor green and lucky, yet chic by going floral. White, yellow, and green flowers brighten up any venue, adding pizzaz to the place and transforming your bland surroundings into something that’s fun and promising. Make use of the lucky green shamrocks, for your centerpieces, or you can stick with fresh foliage. This will give you a fragrant reception, ideal for a St. Paddy’s day wedding.
5. The Wedding Cake and Dessert
Let's face it, green isn’t something you’d like to see in most food unless it’s a garden salad or greens. Coloring your food, and incorporating them into the main dessert for your wedding can be a daunting task but if done correctly, you can be guaranteed an extra special wedding cake.
A shade of green on a fondant-layered cake with gold flower detail will make your cake an event all on its own! Treat your guests to some wonderful pastel green cake pops with edible gold glitter for that lucky sweet treat, or send them home with a cupcake covered in green icing topped with a gold chocolate coin.
6. Dinner Menu
An ultimate Irish feast will floor your guests. We’re not just talking about any green food, but you will want Irish-inspired meals. A warm menu of Irish beef stew, roasted root vegetables, and local spuds would complete your menu. Keep the tables filled with some snacks with soda bread and a side of beef and cabbage. Small bites should be enough to tide them over as they wait for dinner. Serve up some colcannon which is creamy mashed potatoes and kale, and beef and Guinness pies with a kick of chocolate.
Complete your wedding menu with your signature green cocktail! Get together with your bartender to go over your cocktail options and mixes for a drink that says a lot about you as a couple.
7. For the Kiddies
If there is one place you can embellish with shamrocks and pictures of leprechauns, and go all green, it’s definitely going to be at your youngest guests’ dinner table. Indulge in edgy, flashy decor. Give the little girls sparkling shamrock tiaras, and the boys, leprechaun hats. Serve a snack of rainbow fruits, marshmallows, and chocolate coins. Keep them amused with Shamrock sugar cookies will be most appreciated as a dessert treat.
Kara has been with Wedding Favors Unlimited for 2 years. She’s been giving wedding and style advice for the past 5 years from bridal magazines to bridal boutiques. Feel free to ask Kara a question below!