Irish Wedding Gowns
A traditional Irish wedding gown will usually feature flowing dolman sleeves, a gold brocade belt or trimmings and will usually be white or cream.
Irish wedding dresses make a unique statement and offer a way to pay homage to a woman’s background, or perhaps that of her husband-to-be.
Especially when combined with other traditional Emerald Isle wedding customs (such as the ‘magic hanky’ - this involves having the bride carry a special hanky which, with a few stitches, will later be turned into a christening bonnet for her first-born child. With a couple of snips it can then be turned back into a hanky that her child can carry on his or her wedding day!), a lovely Irish wedding gown can add the perfect touch.
Where to Find an Irish Wedding Gown
Of course if you are lucky enough to have a vintage gown in the family, you can enjoy wearing a cherished memento. Alternatively, you can search for photos* of exactly what you want and have a dressmaker create your Irish wedding gown for you. You may also try looking at online auctions and stores.*
*TIP: If you’re looking online for Irish wedding gowns, you may also try the following search terms to have the luck o’ the Irish:
- Celtic wedding dresses
- Scottish wedding dresses
- Gaelic wedding dresses
- Medieval wedding dresses
While these terms are not tradionally interchangeable and they represent various unique cultural differences, wedding gown designers are not always cognizant of this.
Enjoy your search for a traditional Irish wedding gown, and remember to also enjoy the tips in our recommended Wedding Guides – see sidebar for details. Happy wedding planning!