An Irish wedding horseshoe is a sign of good luck, and it is one of many Celtic symbols that can be part of your Irish wedding.
While you probably won't receive many horseshoes as wedding gifts (as tradition states), you can definitely use horseshoes in many aspects of your wedding day. Below are a few ideas of how to use them in your Irish wedding along with where to find them.
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Using horseshoes as part of your Celtic wedding theme
can be a lot of fun. Start off by looking for invitations as
well as other printed materials like your wedding programs that
use them in the design.
Your wedding cake can have horseshoe designs and even a horseshoe cake topper.
For your centerpieces work with your florist to come up with designs that include real horseshoes in combination with flowers, and find other locations to use them as decorations throughout your wedding reception.
Even your table linens can be decorated with horseshoes. Choose a design that includes embroidered horseshoes to help bring it all together.
Send your guest home with horseshoes. Find wedding favors that are horseshoes or have them in the design.
For decorations real horseshoes can be found online or at many
stores. If you are having trouble locating them, try sporting goods
stores, farm or country themed stores or big box retailers.
There are websites online, like The Knot Wedding Shop, that offer horseshoe wedding favors like the one below.
Your entire wedding
theme can revolve around horseshoes, or you can use them in
combination with other Celtic symbols.
Other popular Irish symbols include shamrocks, Claddagh rings and trinity knots.