Scottish – Irish – Celtic
Celebrations honoring Celtic roots and also practices have long been prominent. From the stirring cry of the bag pipe to the gown of formal tartan and kilt, wedding events based upon elements of Celtic custom can provide long lasting memories. Elements of these weddings can consist of part or all the following:
Anam Cara - Literally, the Hearts other Half, this tradition is a unique ceremony commemorating the development of a timeless love now and forever more. This celebration of the elements; to the Celts the four components Earth, Fire, Water and Air were the structures on which a successful partnership were developed.
This custom was adapted as Christianity moved right into the Celtic lands as well as continues to be a remarkable way to include family and friends in your ceremony.
Handfasting - An event going back right to antiquity, Handfasting is a custom of marriage before the accessibility of rings and also rare-earth elements. The couple would take a piece of cloth or rope and before their friends and families, state their love and purpose by stating a couple of words and also binding themselves with each other symbolically with the cordage. It is from this practice we still refer to marriage as "tying the knot".
Oathing Stone -- Just what better area to place the pledges of a life time and eternity than in the heart of a stone? The oathing stone is held by the groom and bride while their pledges are stated, then in some traditions is thrown into a deep body of water to hold those guarantees for evermore. Today that stone could be maintained as a remembrance of this big day.
The Quaich - Originally crafted from wood the double handled Quaich was a Scotsman's canteen, mess kit and drinking mug rolled right into one. King James of Scotland gave his betrothed Anne of Denmark a Quaich as a symbol of his love for her throughout the marriage ceremony, from that point on the Quaich has been referred to as the "loving cup". This attractive event communicates the true blessings of Kith and Kin to the couple.
Pinning of the Tartan
Pinning of the Tartan - A bride is formally accepted into the groom's family via this ceremony. Generally the oldest woman member of the bridegroom's family provides a swatch of the family member 's Tartan to the bride symbolizing she is now interwoven into all the behaviors of the clan.
The presentation of the family sword - The martial origins of the Celtic peoples revolved around the defense of fireplace and home. This ceremony is the acknowledgement of the male members of the new bride's family that they also currently have a new partnership as well as a brand-new sibling in arms.
At Life's Moments wedding celebrations we can give comprehensive guidance on Celtic/Scottish/Irish events, from construction of the ceremony to the last blessing in Gaelic we can help you create the day of your desires ...
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