Irish Wedding Blessings And Poems: Short & Sweet Readings That’ll Add A Bit Of Green

Short & Sweet Poems, Toasts & Blessings

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Do you know any Irish wedding blessings that we could use during the ceremony next week?”

This was the text that hit my phone a couple of weeks back.

It came from a friend of mine that’s marrying a girl from Texas.

Now, I’ve been to many weddings over the past 7 or so years, but I couldn’t tell you of any that have specifically called out as an Irish wedding blessing before or after it was read.

So, I reluctantly replied with a ‘No, but I’ll look into it…’

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Irish Wedding Blessings (according to my family and friends)

I fired off a handful of texts to family and friends to see if any of them could help me out.

Most of the replies were along the lines of, ‘Eh, sorry, a what?!’, but one aunt came back a day later with a treasure trove of Irish wedding blessings that, to be honest, I’d never heard of.

So, here they are.

Quick note: If you’re planning a wedding in Ireland, try and do it in a sustainable manner. Figures show that many don’t.

1 – May the road rise to meet you 

This is a fairly well know traditional Irish blessing.

You often hear it sung (hit play above), but apparently, it’s just as popular for use at a wedding.

‘May the road rise to meet you. May the wind be always at your back. May the sun shine warm upon your face, the rainfall soft upon your fields.

And until we meet again, may God hold you in the palm of his hand.’

2 – A short and sweet Irish wedding blessing

‘Wishing you a rainbow for sunlight after showers, and miles and miles of warm Irish smiles for golden happy hours.

Green Shamrocks at your doorway, for luck and laughter too, and a group of friends that never ends each day your whole life through!’

3 – Showers and Irish smiles

This is probably my favourite of the lot. 

‘Wishing you a rainbow for sunlight after showers, and miles and miles of warm Irish smiles for golden happy hours.

Green Shamrocks at your doorway, for luck and laughter too, and a group of friends that never ends each day your whole life through!’

4 – Sunshine and Irish Angels

Our next Irish wedding blessing is another that’ll suit someone that only fancies getting up and saying a few words.

‘May you always walk in sunshine, and may you never want for more.

May Irish angels rest their wings, right beside your door.’

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Irish wedding poems

If you’re considering using an Irish wedding blessing on your big day, the chances are a poem may also be right up your street.

Here are several Irish wedding poems that you can choose from if you fancy.

1 – The Heart of the Wood

‘My hope and my love, we will go for a while into the wood, scattering the dew, where we will see the trout, we will see the blackbird on its nest; the deer and the buck calling, the little bird that is sweetest singing on the branches; the cuckoo on the top of the fresh green; and death will never come near us for ever in the sweet wood’.

2 – The Lark in The Clear Air

‘Dear thoughts are in my mind and my soul it soars enchanted
As I hear the sweet lark sing in the clear air of the day
For a tender beaming smile to my hope has been granted
And tomorrow he shall hear all my fond heart longs to say
I will tell him all my love, all my soul’s pure adoration
And I know he will hear my voice and he will not answer me nay
It is this that gives my soul all it’s joyous elation
As I hear the sweet lark sing in the clear air of the day’.

3 – He Wishes for the Cloths of Heaven

‘Had I the heavens’ embroidered cloths Enwrought with golden and silver light, The blue and the dim and the dark cloths Of night and light and the half-light, I would spread the cloths under your feet: But I, being poor, have only my dreams; I have spread my dreams under your feet; Tread softly because you tread on my dreams.’

4 – My Lagan Love

‘Where Lagan streams sing lullabies There blows a lily fair. The twilight gleam is in her eye, The night is on her hair.

And like a lovesick lenashee She hath my heart in thrall. No life have I, no liberty, For love is Lord of all. And often when the beetles horn Has lulled the eve to sleep, I’ll steal into her sheiling lorn And through the doorway creep.

There on the cricket’s singing stone, She makes the bogwood fire And sings in sweet and undertone, The song of hearts desire.’

5 – She Moved Through The Fair

This is more a song than an Irish wedding poem, but it tends to crop up at weddings from time to time (it was read at a wedding I was at in Donegal a couple of years back).

‘My love said to me
My Mother won’t mind
And me Father won’t slight you
For your lack of kind
Then she stepped away from me
And this she did say
It will not be long love
‘Til our wedding day.

She stepped away from me
And she moved through the Fair
And fondly I watched her
Move here and move there
And she went her way homeward
With one star awake
As the swans in the evening
Move over the lake

The people were saying
No two e’er were wed
But one has a sorrow
That never was said
And she smiled as she passed me
With her goods and her gear
And that was the last
That I saw of my dear.

I dreamed it last night
That my true love came in
So softly she entered
Her feet made no din
She came close beside me
And this she did say
It will not be long love
Till our wedding day.’

Funny Irish wedding blessing readings

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We originally published this article last year.

Since then, I’ve had 20 or 30 emails asking if I know of any funny Irish wedding blessings.

The honest answer is no. I’ve seen more car crash attempts at people trying to be funny while delivering an Irish wedding poem or reading than I can even begin to count.

They’re painful when they aren’t pulled off correctly.

If you know of a funny Irish wedding blessing that you’d recommend, pop it into the comments section below. 

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