On 14 February 2013, An Post issued its latest and ever-popular Weddings stamp.
A couple’s wedding day can be a highly anxious time. After all, it’s the biggest day of their lives, and they of course want everything to go without a hitch. So it’s not surprising that the bride and groom embrace certain age-old customs and traditions to help ensure that their wedding day runs smoothly.
Good luck features prominently in wedding day preparations. In the 1800s, many Irish people believed that if the sun shone on the bride, it would bring good luck to the couple. It was also considered lucky to hear a cuckoo – or birds singing – on the morning of the wedding. You could also be assured of good fortune if a happily married woman put the veil on you.
“And a silver sixpence in your shoe” is the final line of the well-known wedding rhyme, “Something borrowed, something blue.”This tradition states that by putting a silver sixpence in the bride’s left shoe, it brings her wealth and happiness throughout her married life. Another traditional practice at weddings in Ireland is the honking of car horns after the ceremony. This practice dates from the time when rifles were fired into the air as a salute to the bride.
There are many different interpretations as to the origins of the wedding veil. Some experts suggest that it may reflect the ancient custom of placing a blanket over the bride-to-be's head. Another possible explanation is that, in the days of arranged marriages, it was traditional for the bride to keep her face covered until after the ceremony.
This year, An Post is once again issuing its ever-popular Wedding stamp. Designed by Steve Simpson, and based on a photograph by Harry Weir, this self-adhesive stamp will be available in booklets of ten stamps.
Products available with this issue:
Weddings Self-adhesive Booklet of 10 x ‘N’ Rate Stamps (1304BK) €5.50
Weddings Self-adhesive Pair (1304SAS) €1.10
Weddings FDC (1304FDC) €1.55
Orders and/or enquiries relating to this release or indeed any aspect of the Philatelic Business should be sent to:
Philatelic Bureau, Order Department P.O. Box 1991, G.P.O., Dublin 1, Ireland
Philat Telephone: 00 353 1 705 7400
Fax: 00 353 1 705 7289
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