Inspiration: Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

::Disclaimer! The photos in this post are purely inspirational and not from events that Blue Canary Events has planned or coordinated unless denoted by a link to another wedding on this blog. We can re-create what you see below for your event but these are not a part of our portfolio::

First of all, let me say…IT’S NOT ST. PATTY’S!!! If you’re going to shorten it, it’s ST. PADDY’S!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Whew…I feel better now :) When you read as many blogs as I do, little things start to drive you slightly insane.

MOVING ON…Happy St. PADDY’S DAY!!!!!!!!! I love this holiday. I mean, you get to wear bright kelly green, which I love, and you get to drink a lot. What more could a girl ask for?! How about some great green wedding ideas (with some Irish traditions thrown in for good measure!)

It’s an Irish custom for the bride to carry a horseshoe down the aisle for good luck. She must carry it facing up, so the good luck doesn’t run out. There are tons of little horseshoe charms out there for bouquets, like this one from Nordstrom:

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But I like the larger ones, like this one which, sadly, I can’t remember where it came from (Etsy?) It would also be cute to display in your home after the wedding:

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You can also use horseshoe touches in other parts of your wedding, like in these traditional Jordan Almond favors from Martha Stewart:

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The claddagh ring is another Irish tradition (I meant to take a picture of mine, which I love, and bought at The Silver Parrot in Old Town Alexandria, but I just moved and can’t find it!) Here is another gorgeous one.

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A great way to honor the day, though, is to, of course, include green in your wedding! You can do this a number of ways, like these bridesmaids dresses:

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Kimberly Gray Photography:

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LOVE these J. Crew dresses, photographed by Root Photography:

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Or these darker green Jim Hjelm dresses, photographed by Sarah Bastille:

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Accessories are a great way to add color too (and then the bride can get involved with the wearin o’ the green!)

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Franco Sarto shoes, photographed by Sarah Q Photography:

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Or how about this beautiful shamrock necklace (great bridesmaid’s gift!) from Etsy seller Sammi84:

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Speaking of bridesmaids gifts, how about these cute clutches from Etsy Seller JenniferLadd:

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And don’t forget the guys…they can wear green too!

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Amy Carroll Photography:

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How awesome is this boutonniere from Design Sponge?!

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Kristin Spencer Photography:

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Bouquets are an easy way to add green as well. There are so many great green flowers as well as things like succulents (and especially four-leaf clovers!) that make a gorgeous green bouquet. Touches like beautiful green ribbon add some great color too.

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I love this bouquet from Brilliant Blooms in Denver:

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Chris Baltazar Photography:

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LOVE these green bouquets, photographed by our friend Heather Z:

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Speaking of green flowers, how about the ceremony decor and centerpieces?

Photo by The Wiebners:

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Laurel McConnell Photography:

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Allyson Magda Photography:

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How much do I love those green vases?!?! Of course, flowers aren’t the only way to color your wedding. There are also cute escort card ideas:

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Non-floral decor:

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Love Life Images:

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Martha Stewart Weddings:

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Or favors, like these cute shamrock lollipops, photographed by Blue World Studios:

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Of course, we Irish love our drink, so add a little festive touch into your drinks (and food!)

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Anne Constance Photography:

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Mmm…cake bites…oh, Bakerella, how I love you. (That’s Red Velvet cake…dyed green!)

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I admit it…I love corned beef and cabbage…

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How pretty is this cupcake stand photographed by local Dolphindance Photography:

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I love that candy buffets are still popular, like this green one photographed by Eleise Theuer:

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And of course, you can’t have a St. Patrick’s Day wedding without Guinness:

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How cute would it be to have a group of Irish Dancers perform at your reception? (Locally, the O’Neill-James School of Irish Dancing and Culkin School of Traditional Irish Dance would be good places to check)

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So for all of you Irish out there (and those who are Irish just for today) HAPPY ST. PADDY’S DAY!

Rebecca

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