Lough Cutra Castle. Gort co Ireland
Steve and I are both Irish and have always wanted to visit Ireland. We thought there would be no better place to get married than Ireland. It took about a year of preparations since we legally wanted to get married in Ireland. These preparations included getting approved to get married there, being assigned a wedding registrar, and getting documentation, Birth Certificate apostles etc.
To get married in Ireland, one of the requirements was to be there 6 days prior to the ceremony. We didn’t mind this at all as we wanted to make a vacation out of it as well. We stayed at a really nice hotel. The House Hotel, was perfect for us. It was situated in the heart of Galway. We chose Galway from word of mouth. We wanted a true Irish experience, not a touristic one like we heard that Dublin would offer. It turned out to be a good decision. Our close friends and family were due to arrive right before the ceremony so we had all of Galway for us. We incorporated the Irish symbol and tradition the “Claddagh” to our wedding bands. It’s meaning is “Friendship, Love and Loyalty.” The Claddagh museum was also in Galway, so we wanted to check that place out for sure. It was a quaint little display of some of the oldest and original Claddagh designs. The Claddagh’s distinctive design features two hands clasping a heart, and usually surmounted by a crown. The elements of this symbol are often said to correspond to the qualities of love (the heart), friendship (the hands), and loyalty (the crown). The way that you wear the ring and what way the ring is facing indicates what your relationship status is.
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