(Closed) Irish Wedding Blessing

posted 8 years ago in Ceremony
Post # 3
2186 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

well the actual irish wedding blessing is:

Irish Wedding Blessing May the road rise to meet you. May the wind be always at your back. May the sun shine warm upon your face, The rains fall soft upon the fields. May the light of friendship guide your paths together. May the laughter of children grace the halls of your home. May the joy of living for one another trip a smile from your lips, A twinkle from your eye. And when eternity beckons, at the end of a life heaped high with love, May the good Lord embrace you with the arms that have nurtured you the whole length of your joy-filled days. May the gracious God hold you both in the palm of His hands. And, today, may the Spirit of Love find a dwelling place in your hearts. Amen.

Post # 4
2186 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

another common one:

May your mornings bring joy and your evenings bring peace.

May your troubles grow few as your blessings increase.

May the saddest day of your future

Be no worse than the happiest day of your past.

May your hands be forever clasped in friendship

And your hearts joined forever in love.

Your lives are very special,

God has touched you in many ways.

May his blessings rest upon you

And fill all your coming days.

Post # 5
1088 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

Oh those are so cool!! Thanks.

Post # 6
7975 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

Have you ever heard of the Poxy Boggards? They’re a band that does Irish drinking songs… one of their songs is in the style of an Irish Blessing (only set to a jamaican tune … don’t ask me – their only explanation is that they wrote the song completely drunk and can’t remember where it came from). I love the lyrics though:

Here’s to It

May you always have walls for the wind,

A roof for the rain and tea beside the fire,

Laughter to cheer you and those you love near you

And all your heart may desire


Here’s to a long life and a merry one

Here’s to a quick death and an easy one

Here’s to a pretty girl and an honest one

Here’s to a cold pint, and another one.

May the sun shine all day long,

Everything go right and nothing go wrong,

May those you love bring love back to you

And may all your wishes come true.


May your pockets be heavy and your heart be light;

May good luck follow you morning and night;

May pretty girls follow you to your door;

May you never want for more.


Here’s to a temperance supper

Where tall clear glasses of water fill the hall

A fine party with coffee and tea

And me not there at all.


May you have love that never ends

Lots of money and lots of friends

Health be yours whatever you do

Lift a cup as we drink to you


Here’s to woman’s kisses

And to Irish whiskey, amber and clear

Not as sweet as the kiss of the miss

But a damn sight more sincere


Now I have known quite a many

And liked more than a few

But I have loved only one my dear

And this toast is to you


Post # 7
2532 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

This is what we are using in our ceremony:

May you see your children’s children.
May you be poor in misfortune,
Rich in blessings.
May you know nothing but happiness
From this day forward.

May the road rise up to meet you
May the wind be always at your back
May the warm rays of sun fall upon your home
And may the hand of a friend always be near.

May green be the grass you walk on,
May blue be the skies above you,
May pure be the joys that surround you,
May true be the hearts that love you.

Post # 8
2226 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

Funny story about the first blessing @spaganya: posted.  Our minister (who we nicknamed Ned Flanders b/c he was JUST like Ned from The Simpsons) constantly tried to get us to let him sing during the ceremony.  We didn’t have traditional wedding music, and our ceremony was already jam packed, sp we repeatedly politely declined.  Not 5 minutes before we lined up for the ceremony, he pops his head into where we were getting ready and asks if he can SING this blessing.  We already knew he was going to say it, and were totally fine with it.  But SING it?! At this point, I just said to go for it, but keep it short. 

The best part is, I had no time to tell my groom since we didn’t see eachother before, and he asked RIGHT before it was go time.  So, when Ned Flanders started to sing, the look on his face was priceless!  The best part is, he could see my younger sisters over my shoulder, and they were cracking up.  So, that of course made him want to crack up.  He had to hold it in for the remainder of the ceremony.  Afterwords, he was like “What in the heck was with him singing?!”

People are still talking about it!  His real name is Wayne and my dad now refers to him as Father Wayne Newton.

Post # 9
180 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

@clarebee – do you have a reference for that poem that you are using? I think it is really pretty and I may consider using it in my wedding as well. Thanks!

Post # 10
2532 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

@NYC.BOS.CHI: unfortunately I dont – I can probably find it for you, but I just googled “Irish wedding blessings” and a lot of stuff came up. There was no author or anything for it! Also, this is 2 separate poems that I combined into one!

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