Irish weddings are a lot of fun, and incorporating
family tradition or creating your own only makes them more special for
generations to come. Like all weddings, Irish weddings are about the new couple,
so love is celebrated like no other time and a wedding toast is the best way to
celebrate love and a new union.
A typical Irish toast at the wedding encompasses good wishes, love, and hope
for the new couple, and everything spoken should be straight from the heart,
whether you are a bride, groom, a friend or family member. Here are some
great examples of traditional Irish wedding toasts.
Irish Wedding Blessing
May the road rise to meet you.
May the wind be always at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face,
The rains fall soft upon the fields.
May the light of friendship guide your paths together.
May the laughter of children grace the halls of your home.
May the joy of living for one another
trip a smile from your lips, a twinkle from your eye.
And when eternity beckons,
at the end of a life heaped high with love,
May the good Lord embrace you
with the arms that have nurtured you
the whole length of your joy-filled days.
May the gracious God hold you both
in the palm of His hands.
And, today, may the Spirit of Love
find a dwelling place in your hearts.
Traditional Irish Wedding Toasts
May you be poor in misfortune Rich in blessings
Slow to make enemies Quick to
But rich or poor, quick or slow,
May you know nothing but happiness from this day forward
I have known many, Liked not a few,
Loved only one I toast to you
Rye bread will do you good Barley bread will do you no harm, wheaten bread will
sweeten your blood, oaten bread will strengthen your arm.
Here's to you and yours and to mine and ours and if mine and ours ever come
across you and yours I hope you and yours will do as much for mine and ours as
mine and ours have done for you and yours.
Health and long life to you, the woman of your choice to you, a child every year
to you, land without rent to you and may you die in Ireland.
The health of the salmon to you a long life, a full heart and a wet mouth.
May the grass grow long on the road to hell for want of use.
May the lord keep you in his hand and never close his fist too tight on you.
May the face of every good news and the back of every bad news be toward us.
May you live to be a hundred years with one extra year to repent.
May I see you grey and combing your children's hair.
Like the goodness of the five loaves and two fishes, which God divided among the
five thousand men, May the blessing of the king who so divided be upon our share
of this common meal.
May the strength of three be in your journey.
May the road rise to meet you may the wind be always at your back the sun shine
warm upon your face the rain fall soft upon your fields and until we meet again
may God hold you in the hollow of his hand.
May the roof above us never fall in, and may we friends gathered below never
May you have warm words on a cold evening a full moon on a dark night and the
road downhill all the way to your door.
May there be a generation of children on the children of your children.
Here's that we may always have a clean shirt a clean conscience and a guinea in
Here's a health to your enemies enemies.
Here's health and prosperity to you and all your posterity and them that doesn't
drink with sincerity that they may be damned for all eternity.
St. Patrick was a gentleman who through strategy and stealth drove all the
snakes from Ireland here's a toasting to his health. But not too many toastings
lest you loose yourself and then forget the good St. Patrick and see all those
May there be a fox on your fishing hook and a hare on your bait and may you kill
no fish until St. Brigids Day.
My love is like a cabbage
That's easy cut in two.
The leaves I'll give to others
But the heart I'll keep for you.
~Tyrone (Oral poem)