If your roots trace back to Ireland and you want to honor your heritage on your special day, getting married on St. Patrick’s Day gives you the unique opportunity to add some Irish flair to your wedding. You can add a traditional Irish blessing or dress in green to celebrate the holiday! When planning your outdoor St. Patrick’s Day wedding, consider Windows on the Water. Our venue, located on 86 acres of lush forestry, is the perfect place to tie the knot.
Give an Irish Blessing to Your Guests
There’s no better way to kick off a St. Patrick’s Day wedding than with a traditional Irish blessing. A member of the wedding party recites a prayer during the ceremony. You can also print out a traditional prayer card and give it to guests as they arrive.
Dress Green for the Occasion
You don’t have to wear a green wedding dress, but adding a splash of color to your wardrobe is a fun touch. Consider mint heels, emerald earrings, or teal flowers. Your bridesmaids can also dress for the occasion by donning a green dress to match your accent color. If your husband-to-be is interested in honoring traditional Celtic attire, he could wear a kilt. Alternatively, he might sport clover cufflinks.
Remember that St. Patrick’s Day is not just about wearing green. To further celebrate Irish culture, incorporate a Claddagh ring into the ceremony. They represent love, loyalty, and friendship and can be worn by both the bride and groom.
Buy Green Flowers
There are many green wedding flowers to choose from, such as the hydrangea bloom, chartreuse gladiolus, or dianthus. Mix some white flowers in, and it’s sure to be a beautiful bouquet.
Have Irish-Themed Drinks at the Bar
A St. Patrick’s Day wedding will be that much more memorable with a green cocktail! The Sparkling Shamrock Cocktail is the perfect drink for your reception. It’s a mixture of your favorite champagne and Midori, a green melon-flavored liqueur. Top it off with a honeydew melon ball for a delicious drink, and your guests will keep coming back for more.
If you want to go the more traditional route, have your bartender serve Irish coffee: hot coffee mixed with Irish whiskey and sugar and topped with cream.
Incorporate Irish Food into Your Wedding Menu
Offering an Irish-themed menu will take your wedding to the next level. Shepard pies and fish and chips are a crowd favorite, but there are some other dishes you might want to include. The boxty is a classic potato pancake made with raw and mashed potatoes. Soda bread, made with baking soda and not actual soda, is an excellent dish for dessert.
Just remember that not everyone will enjoy unfamiliar food, so try to have a few items everyone will like, such as pasta and chicken.
Plan Your St. Patrick’s Day Outdoor Wedding at Windows on the Water
When you’re ready to say “I do,” choose Windows on the Water. Beyond our impressive landscape, we also offer a wide array of cuisine and can match it to your wedding’s theme. Our expert wedding planners will guide you through the entire planning process, including creating the menu, assisting with seating arrangements, and choosing floral pieces.
We understand that safety is your top priority during these challenging times, and it’s ours too. From open-air lakeside ceremonies to outdoor tent weddings, our venue can easily accommodate up to 250 guests while still practicing CDC guidelines for social distancing, cleaning, and disinfecting.