Traditional Irish Wedding Toasts

If you are Irish or the man or woman you are marrying is Irish, you may be thinking about what an Irish wedding speech entails. Luckily, most people with experience with Irish weddings will tell you that an Irish wedding speech is not much different than any other, although there may be fun traditions within each family.

Knowing that an Irish wedding toast is not all that different from any other makes the process of writing your wedding speech easier, but you may also want to think about some Irish wedding speech traditions that you may want to incorporate or even start on your own.

Irish weddings are a lot of fun, and incorporating family tradition or creating your own only makes them more special for generations to come. One thing that may be different about an Irish wedding speech is that the best man or toast man usually welcomes everyone to the ceremony or the reception. The toast man is typically a friend or family member that is appointed to sort of run the festivities and the toasting of the bride and groom. Not only will the best man or toast man welcome all of the guests to the reception or ceremony, he will also introduce each invitee that wishes to make a toast at the wedding. This can sort of help the toasting process go more smoothly so that everyone gets a turn. The toast man usually also helps to keep everyone interested in the toasts if there are many.
Writing or thinking about an Irish wedding toast doesn’t have to be all that different than planning any other wedding toast. An Irish toast at the wedding is simply a toast, to the bride and groom and to the future. A mention of Irish heritage and Irish luck is always good, but unless your family has traditions you can go about your writing as you usually would. If you are a bride or groom writing your Irish wedding speech you should plan to say the typical things such as being excited and happy about the future. You will want to say these things in a unique way, but they are sentiments that are typically shared at an Irish wedding, or any wedding. If you are simply a friend or a family member you can give a very simple Irish wedding toast that wishes the new couple well. If the couple is religious you can mention things about religion, but if you aren’t sure that sort of thing is best kept out of the wedding toast all together.

Here are some great irish wedding toasts:

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.

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 a long life and a merry one. A quick death and an easy one.
A pretty girl and an honest one. A cold beer and another one!

I have known many,
Liked not a few,
Loved only one
I toast to you

May the face of every good news and the back of every bad news be toward us.

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 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 our pocket.

May the lord keep you in his hand and never close his fist too tight on you.

An important thing to remember about an Irish wedding toast is that it should be from the heart. Even if you want to introduce a bit of humor to your speech, you should keep everything you say special, unique, and touching. Irish weddings are all about love and family and wishing the new couple well, so everything spoken in an Irish wedding toast should be straight from the heart, whether you are a bride, groom, friend, or family member. An Irish toast at the wedding should encompass good wishes, love, and hope for the new couple, as that is Irish tradition! Irish weddings like all weddings are about the new couple, so love should be celebrated like no other time and a wedding toast is the best way to celebrate love and a new union.