Dating customs 19th century
Presented to her husband-to-be by her father at the altar the nuptials may include the blessing of the wedding rings with the further symbolism of a few pieces of gold or silver also being blessed.It is not at all unusual for the congregation to clap and even cheer once the magic words are uttered by the Priest: 'I now Pronounce you Man and Wife!THE WEDDING DAY Typically a wedding day would begin early with the Bride being attended by her Brides-Maids.Perhaps a hairdresser or make-up artist would be employed to help.      Marry in April when you can, joy for maiden and for man.      Marry in the month of May, you will surely rue the day.
Handfasting was actually a legitimate way for people to be married during the Middle Ages and only declined when laws were enforced making the act of marriage much more formal.
Or at the very least you can add some lovely traditions and Irish Wedding Customs from the Gaelic history of Ireland to your big day. It is not unheard of for hundreds of guests to attend a fancy hotel for a swanky reception, for children in formal attire to be employed as page boys, ring bearers and even seating attendants!
Some modern couples spurn the traditional Church setting preferring to be wed on a Caribbean beach or perhaps in a foreign Church (with blessings in Rome always proving popular). Irish history is veneered with centuries of oppression that was particularly harsh in respect of the Catholic religion.
The 16th Century Penal Laws prevented Priests from saying Mass never mind conducting the Sacrament of Marriage. The last of the Penal Laws was not repealed in Ireland until 1920.
Given this background and the unique identity of the native Irish people who were forced to practice their religion 'underground', it is not surprising that an Irish Wedding has a particular identity all of its own and has a number of specific traditions associated with it. In Ireland of centuries ago the most popular day to be married was a Sunday.
In the Pagan and Wiccan traditions the handfasting ceremony may involve an arrangement of rocks, candles, crystals, a robe or ribbon, a broomstick, marriage documents, a silver box and other symbolic items.