After the wedding ceremony, it was important that a man and not a woman be the first to wish joy to the new bride.Since Irish men were known for getting cold feet on their wedding days, once the bride and groom were in the church, the guests would lock the door to keep the groom inside to make sure he went through with the ceremony.When I told our daughter about this old Irish verse, she changed her wedding date from May to April: Marry in April if you can, joy for maiden and for man.I am convinced that if couples make the effort, they can have a totally Irish celebration from beginning to end - even to the pre-wedding parties.Marry in April when you can, joy for maiden and for man.Marry in the month of May, you will surely rue the day.It hopes it will help avoid some of the more embarrassing choices couples have made in the past.
Dublin-born opera singer Dr Veronica Dunne, who is in her 80s, harks back to an age of innocence.
When February birds do mate, you may wed, nor dread your fate.
If you wed when March winds blow, joy and sorrow both you'll know.
There's one quaint custom where the groom was invited to the bride's house right before the wedding and they cooked a goose in his honor.
It was called Aitin' the gander and it has to be where we get the expression "his goose is cooked!