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Ohio Gay Marriage Ruling is Stayed
Published: Friday, 18 April 2014 14:29
Ohio Gay Marriage Ruling is Stayed

The Ohio gay marriage ruling has been stayed. Appeals will likely take months.

How to Get Legally Married in Vermont
Published: Thursday, 17 April 2014 22:19
How to Get Legally Married in Vermont

All you need to know about getting legally married in Vermont!

How to Get Legally Married in Rhode Island
Published: Thursday, 17 April 2014 21:44
How to Get Legally Married in Rhode Island

Same-sex couples can be legally married in Rhode Island. 

Patricia + Julissa: An Autumn Wedding Under the Texas Sun
Published: Thursday, 17 April 2014 20:49
Patricia + Julissa: An Autumn Wedding Under the Texas Sun

Patricia and Julissa were married under the hot desert sun of the Texas landscape!

Oklahoma Marriage Equality Case Appealing to 10th Circuit
Published: Thursday, 17 April 2014 18:15
Oklahoma Marriage Equality Case Appealing to 10th Circuit

The 10th Circuit is hearing arguments in the Oklahoma marriage equality case.

Under the Tux: Wedding Day Undergarments for Men
Published: Thursday, 17 April 2014 17:09
Under the Tux: Wedding Day Undergarments for Men

Guys, it's not all about the tux. Wow your man with some fun unmentionables!

Barbie + Alexa: An Intimate Garden Wedding in DC
Published: Wednesday, 16 April 2014 18:48
Barbie + Alexa: An Intimate Garden Wedding in DC

Barbie and Alexa decided to make their love legal on their 8-year anniversary!

Wednesday Wedding Song: All of Me by John Legend
Published: Wednesday, 16 April 2014 08:00
Wednesday Wedding Song: All of Me by John Legend

John Legend's song All of Me touches me to my core every time I hear it, and that's why I'm choosing it as this week's Wednesday Wedding Song.

Ohio Marriage Ruling May Be Stayed
Published: Wednesday, 16 April 2014 02:23
Ohio Marriage Ruling May Be Stayed

A federal judge is considering staying his recent ruling that same-sex marriage be recognized in the state.

Patrick + Arive: Celebrating 10 Years Together
Published: Tuesday, 15 April 2014 19:31
Patrick + Arive: Celebrating 10 Years Together

Patrick and Arive recently celebrated 10 years of love together.


Irish tradition runs much more deep than green beer and lucky charms (though we still love those, too!). Practices from the old country are crossing over into our celebrations on this side of the pond and, let’s face it, it can’t hurt to add a little luck o' the Irish into your wedding day. Our friends over at TresSugar have rounded up ways to tastefully incorporate traditional Irish and Celtic culture into your special day (minus the leprechauns).

 

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THE CLADDAGH RING

A traditional Irish wedding ring, the Claddagh ring is passed down to each generation in Ireland but has become a favorite wedding band option for the LGBT community because of what is symbolizes—love (the heart), friendship (the hands) and loyalty (the crown).

Per tradition, how you wore the Claddagh ring told your relationship status. Worn on the right hand, heart facing outward, means that your single, while on the right hand with heart inward symbolizes that you’re in a relationship. Worn on the left hand with the heart facing outward means your engaged, and inward means you’re married.

 

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BAGPIPES

There’s nothing quite like the sound of bagpipes drifting through the air. Hire a kilt-wearing bagpipe player to play as you walk down the aisle to the love of your life, but in order to keep in true tradition, be sure the piper plays Irish or “Uillean” pipes, which are very different from their Scottish counterparts.

 

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MEAD

If you're looking for a twist on the traditional wedding booze, go with mead! Also called "honey wine," this ancient alcoholic beverage is produced by fermenting honey and water, and it's where we get the term honeymoon. In Irish, "mi na meala" means the month of honey, referring to the month after the wedding when the newlyweds celebrate their marriage by drinking mead. Another fun way to incorporate this Irish wedding tradition is by brewing it yourself and gifting it as favors (along with a note about the history).

 

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GUINNESS

What’s an Irish celebration without Guinness? Treat your guests to a pint of the infamous brew topped off with shamrocks for some Irish good times. Slàinte!

 

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BELLS OF IRELAND

Include some green Bells of Ireland in your bouquets to add a little Irish flair to your florals, or do what many Irish couples do and add a sprig of shamrock to bouquets and/or boutonnieres for good luck.

 

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CELTIC OATHING STONE

Incorporate a Celtic oathing stone (with your wedding date engraved on it) into your ceremony. This Celtic tradition involves holding a river stone while you say your vows so that they will be "set in stone."

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COAT OF ARMS

Join your two families with a joint crest that you debut at the wedding. Take inspiration from UK’s Speaker of the House of Commons John Bercow’s coat of arms and add marriage equality motifs onto it.


Check out even more Irish ideas over at TresSugar.

TRAVEL

Always Among Friends: St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands
Always Among Friends: St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands
Published: Friday, 21 February 2014 00:56

Many consider the island of St. John to be the jewel in the Caribbean crown. Affluent and tranquil, this tiny tropical paradise is only 13 miles long and four miles wide.

Glaciers, Humpbacks and Bears, Oh My: Honeymoon on an Alaskan Cruise
Glaciers, Humpbacks and Bears, Oh My: Honeymoon on an Alaskan Cruise
Published: Tuesday, 18 June 2013 19:11

Cruises serving the LGBT community have long been popular, but gay-friendly traveling options are widening as cruise lines increasingly welcome same-sex couples. 

Pocono Mountains Retreat: Mount Airy Casino Resort
Pocono Mountains Retreat: Mount Airy Casino Resort
Published: Tuesday, 30 April 2013 05:00

Mount Airy Casino Resort offers a picturesque honeymoon and wedding destination to gay, lesbian and allied couples alike.

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Our Families Don't Know We're Queer or Our Gender Identification and We're Getting Married
Our Families Don't Know We're Queer or Our Gender Identification and We're Getting Married
Published: Tuesday, 08 April 2014 05:00

As we approach our engagement party where our families will meet our partner for the first time, as well as each other, we are feeling really nervous that they will be uncomfortable and confused.