Wedding toasts often are given by members of the wedding party, family members or friends. Thinking of the perfect toast can sometimes be challenging, but there are always famous Irish wedding toasts that can be given to the bride and groom on their special day, whether it is an Irish wedding or not.
If you are looking for a spiritual Irish wedding toast, the "Most Famous Irish Blessing" is used at most Irish weddings: "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."
Best Man to Bride and Groom
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A best man is normally expected to give a toast to the bride and groom during the wedding reception. He can propose an Irish wedding toast to celebrate the couple's marriage. Here is a well-known one that would be fitting: "Here's to you both, a beautiful pair on the birthday of your love affair. Here's to the husband and here's to the wife. May yourselves be lovers for the rest of your life. If you lie, may you lie only to keep a friend. If you cheat, may you cheat only death. If you steal, may you steal your lover's heart. If you drink, may you drink deeply of the joy of your new life together."
Groom to Bride
A toast from a groom to his bride can make the bride feel loved and special. The groom can use this famous Irish wedding toast by author George Moore: "The hours I spend with you I look upon as a sort of a perfumed garden, a dim twilight, and a fountain singing to it. You and you alone make me feel that I am alive. Other men it is said have seen angels, but I have seen thee, and thou art enough."
Wedding Conclusion Toast
It is a tradition in Ireland for the bride and groom to toast with the wedding party at the end of a wedding, according to the Celtic Attic's website. The bride and groom will start off by saying: "Friends and relatives, so fond and dear, 'tis our greatest pleasure to have you here. When many years this day has passed, fondest memories will always last. So we drink a cup of Irish mead and ask God's blessing in your hour of need." After this, the guests will say: "On this special day, our wish to you, the goodness of the old, the best of the new. God bless you both who drink this mead, may it always fill your every need."