Photo courtesy of Ashford Castle
Just ask the Irish: Wake up to birds singing on your wedding day and you’re destined to live a charmed life together. Spot three magpies en route to the church? Even better. Steeped in Celtic lore and traditions, matrimonial celebrations on the Emerald Isle include a bevy of rituals — from bell ringing to handfasting (tying the couple’s hands with ribbon) — certain to channel the luck of the, yup, Irish. Partake in these charming customs at a castle, on a rural estate or amid the finery of an urbane Georgian townhouse.