Irish pride is a powerful thing; some brides and grooms go all out with a traditional ceremony and reception, while others pay homage to their roots with claddagh or Celtic knot rings, Irish wedding blessings or a traditional Irish wedding cake.

Whether you’re planning a Saint Patrick’s Day walk down the aisle or looking for ways to celebrate your Irish heritage as you say I do, there are many fun and beautiful ways to bring some Irish flair to your nuptials. Here are a few of our favorite to say sláinte!

Bagpipes and Drums – We love hearing pipes and drums as guests arrive and as the newlyweds exit the ceremony. The visual impact of musicians in traditional attire and their unique sound set a beautiful and historic tone while signaling to guests that something very special is taking place.

Irish Folk Music – For an unforgettable reception with a packed dance floor considerhiring an Irish band to get the crowd going with jigs and reels. Celtic music performed by a bandsolo harpist or fiddler can be the perfect soundtrack for a ceremony, cocktail hour or dinner.

Irish Dance – Enlist your wedding party for an unforgettable Céilí after your first dance, or hire  Irish dancers for a riveting and festive performance.  In our experience, these performances have the biggest impact when they are a surprise for guests.

Modern couples looking to nod to their Irish background should ask their wedding band or DJ to add some U2, The Pogues, Van Morrison and The Chieftains to the mix along with standards like Oh Danny Boy and When Irish Eyes Are Smiling

Don’t forget your lucky horseshoe as you celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day and fine-tune plans for your big day!