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Irish Wedding Toasts and Blessings

"Slainte," pronounced SLAWN-cha, is a familiar Irish toast. But, as the toasting generally continues, here are some more to dedicate to the happy couple:

May the Good Lord
Watch over you
As you grow in love

May He bless your home
With the peace
That surpasses understanding

May He crown your work
With success and fulfillment
May you always
Be thankful for every blessing great and small

May your troubles be less,
And your blessings be more,
And nothing but happiness come through your door.

Long live the Irish!
Long live their cheer!
Long live our friendship, year after year!

Here's to you and yours
and to mine and ours,
And if mine and ours ever come
across you and yours,
I hope you and yours will do
as much for mine and ours,
As mine and ours have done
for you and yours!

May there always be work for your hands to do;
May your purse always hold a coin or two;
May the sun always shine on your windowpane;
May a rainbow be certain to follow each rain;
May the hand of a friend always be near you;
May God fill your heart with gladness to cheer you.

Of course, with all this toasting going on, every couple should have a set of Champagne Toasting Flutes to commemorate their day (and to use on the anniversaries for many, many years to come!)

Here's to the wonderful life you will have together.

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