Long ago a bride would be veiled to hide her away from evil spirits and from fairies who would steal her for her fine dress. A veil was also thought to represent purity and chastity.
Irish Old Shoe
It was considered bad luck to get married in a pair of new shoes for they would entice the Irish fairies to steal the bridal couple and take them to the magical land of Tir na n’Og.
Irish Five Pence
The Irish Five Pence was given to the bride on her wedding day so she could wear it in her shoe as a symbol of good luck and many blessings. Today many brids will do the same by placing a five pence in the bride’s flowers.