I was talking with a good friend of mine the other day who was asking me for some bridesmaid etiquette advice. She is a bridesmaid for an old high school friend and has been put in charge of one of the many traditions that the couple is incorporating into their Irish-themed wedding, decorating the horseshoe! Sounds like a funny tradition, but here’s the story: the Horseshoe has long been a symbol of good luck in cross-cultures. Irish tradition has it that a horseshoe given as a wedding gift to the bride and groom and kept in their home will bring them good luck. The horseshoe must always be hung like the letter “U,” so that the luck doesn’t “drip out.”
Along with this tradition, the horseshoe is decorated by the friend(s) of the bride and groom with no input from them.
So… if you search the term ‘Decorated Horseshoe’ on Google Images you will find…. Well, a lot of hideous horseshoes that one couldn’t possible give someone on their wedding day!
Being the “crafty” one… the thought of decorating a horseshoe was intriguing, so I went online to get some ideas. I found some that were better than others, but nothing that did what I wanted it to do. It is nice to have their names and wedding date on it. Or an Irish saying like “Love, Luck & Laughter”. I like it when there is a beautiful ribbon attached to hang it.
I am going to think on this over the weekend and decorate a horseshoe to display on here in the coming weeks. In the mean time, share with me some of the good ideas you have that I might incorporate into my “project” … I would love ideas on how to decorate a horseshoe with some style!