No one really thinks of St. Patrick’s Day as a very romantic holiday, probably not your first thought when picking a wedding date or planning a wedding in general. Stereotypically, this day is celebrated with massive amounts of beer and corned beef, admittedly that’s not the most elegant menu. However, it doesn’t mean you absolutely cannot have a wedding inspired by this day of luck.
Do NOT incorporate green within the gown: no emerald sash, or Kelly-green floral embroidery, or a hunter green underlayer that peaks through at the hemline, AND absolutely do NOT wear an Irish green gown. 😉 All of these ideas are cliché and tacky, and not cute. Obviously, you are well aware St. Patrick’s Day equals green, so how do you use green in your attire without it being in-your-face-St.-Patty’s? Keep it simple. You wear a classic wedding gown and then add pops of mint green or sage green elsewhere. For example, your nails, mixed into your bouquet, or understated in your hairpiece or shoes. But keep the shades of green soft and feminine, so as not to be too harsh or over kill with the true greens. Keeping with the theme you will find below some wedding gowns designed by Irish designers.
Photo: Edel Tuite Bridal Design - Hollywood Elegance Collection
Photo: Helen Cody - City Story Bridal Collection
Designer: Jen Doherty
Photo: Kathy de Stafford - Esme gown with flower overskirt
Photo: Louise Kennedy - Gigi gown
Photo: Patrick Casey - Laguna gown from Harman Collection
Photo: Patrick Casey - Carrie gown from Rosecliff Collection
Photo: Patrick Casey - Tara gown from Belleview Collection
Photo: Que-va - The Good Wives
Photo: Super Star Cape by Sarah Foy
Photo: Sharon Hoey - Carmella gown
Photo: Theia Couture - Sandy gown
Photo: Theia Couture - Emma gown
Green isn’t a color scheme, but it’s the obvious choice. As mentioned above, stick to pastel shades of green such as mint, sage and eucalyptus. Then add in dashes of gold and rose gold and a few nods to the contrasting darker shades of green like hunter or evergreen.
Photo: Junebug Weddings
Photo: B2 by Jasmine - B193005 - Rosegold/Sage
Another route you could take is the rainbow theme, either pastel or jewel tones of ROYGBIV, just don’t go too bright or neon.
Photo: Torta Deliziosa
Whichever color scheme you choose, ivory should also be playing a major part.
2. And a Four-Leaf Clover
You could carry a bouquet of clover, but that would be a very one noted bouquet and probably pretty small. But you could carry a bouquet of white roses and lilies with moss green carnations, baby’s breath and a sprinkling of clover for added charm.
Photo: Style Me Pretty
Photo: Pratt Abbott
For your centerpieces keep it mostly vines of greenery, with sporadic white floral elements, foliage blossoms, Bells of Ireland, moss and pops of glistening gold.
Photo: Wedding Quotes Links
You have to serve some sweet treats to counter all that beer. On gold glittery cake stands you can have green cupcakes with white frosting and white cupcakes with green frosting topped with a chocolate gold coin and shamrock sprinkles. For the main cake, any flavored cake covered in ivory fondant or frosting with a cascading vine of greenery or scroll work in gold.