My fiance's Irish heritage is a very big part of his and his family's lives. (His parents are first-generation Americans from Ireland). We are incorporating a variety of Irish wedding traditions into our wedding ceremony and wedding reception. I would also like to choose wedding favors that represent Irish tradition in some way, but I'm Italian and am having a hard time coming up with good ideas!
There are many great options for Irish-themed favors; it really just depends on how much money and/or effort you would like to expend. Chocolates in the shape of a shamrock or the Claddagh symbol (you should be able to find a candy manufacturer who will custom design them for you), placed in a tiny box or basket tied with ribbon could be cute. You could also place a card with a favorite Irish saying or proverb in the box with the candy for a nice touch. Small pouches of wildflower seeds are another great idea, especially since much of the Irish landscape is covered with wildflowers. Clover planted in tiny terra-cotta pots tied with personalized ribbon would make a great memento for your guests as well, while giving the added bonus of making your tables look lush and green. You may also look in craft stores for imitation gold horseshoe or clover charms, which can be strung on ribbon and tied around a handwritten message from you and your groom: perhaps, "We're lucky that you were able to share this special day with us."
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