Lucky wedding shoes
A horseshoe is considered the luckiest of charms the world over. There are many cultures that have believed in the protection and good luck of the horseshoe for many many centuries and the Irish are at the top of that list. It is an old Celtic custom to include a horseshoe in the wedding ceremony itself. Long ago, Celtic brides would have a small horseshoe sewn into the bottom hem of their wedding gown. Today, it is becoming more popular to see horseshoes secured around the bridal bouquet (below). We would be so delighted to get a horseshoe ready for your special day!
In Ireland, it's customary to give a horseshoe as a wedding gift so that the newly wedded couple will always have good luck and fortune during their married life. The shoe would represent their union and collect good luck throughout the years as it hung over a doorway in the home they shared together. Our horseshoes make wonderful gifts for everyone in the bridal party as well! They are definitely unique and best of all.....just bursting with luck from the magical Emerald Isle.
Horseshoes were considered to be lucky because they were made by blacksmiths, which is also considered a very lucky trade. Because they worked with elemental fire and magical iron, they were thought to have special powers. It was believed that a blacksmith could heal the sick and if a couple was married by a blacksmith, their marriage would be a happy one.
Something else to think about is that horseshoes were originally made from iron, which may also account for the superstitions that are associated with this object. Iron was considered magical because it was able to withstand fire and was much stronger than other metals. The superstitions for iron are thought to originate in prehistoric times. It was used as a charm to ward off evil spirits.
Where and how will you hang your lucky shoe?