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Events honoring Celtic origins and traditions have long been prominent. From the stirring cry of the bag pipe to the gown of official tartan and kilt, weddings based upon facets of Celtic custom can provide lasting memories. Facets of these weddings could include part or all the following:

Anam Cara - Essentially, the Hearts Partner, this tradition is a special ceremony commemorating the creation of a classic love now and forever more. This celebration of the aspects; to the Celts the 4 aspects Earth, Fire, Water and Air were the foundations on which an effective partnership were constructed.

Anam Cara

This practice was adapted as Christianity moved into the Celtic lands and continues to be a remarkable means to include friends and family in your ceremony.

Handfasting

Handfasting - A ceremony dating back right to classical times, Handfasting is a custom of marriage prior to the accessibility of rings and rare-earth elements. The couple would take an item of cloth or rope and before their families and friends, proclaim their love and intention by stating a couple of words and also binding themselves with each other symbolically with the rope. It is from this practice we still refer to marriage as "tying the knot".

Oathing Stone -- Exactly what better area to put the guarantees 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 promises are stated, after that in some traditions is thrown right into a deep body of water to hold those promises for evermore. Today that stone might be maintained as a remembrance of this big day.

Oathing Stone

The Quaich - Initially crafted from timber the twin handled Quaich was a Scotsman's canteen, mess kit as well as drinking mug rolled right into one. King James of Scotland offered his betrothed Anne of Denmark a Quaich as a symbol of his love for her throughout the wedding, From that point on the Quaich has actually been called the "loving cup". This lovely ceremony shares the blessings of Kith as well as Kin to the couple.

The Quaich

Pinning of the Tartan

Pinning of the Tartan - A bride-to-be is formally accepted into the bridegroom's family with this event. Generally the oldest woman participant of the groom's family gives a piece of the family member 's Tartan to the bride symbolizing she is currently interwoven into all the doings of the clan.

The presentation of the family sword - The martial roots of the Celtic individuals revolved around the protection of fireplace as well as residence. This event is the recognition of the male members of the new bride's family that they too now have a new connection as well as a new sibling in arms.

Family Arms

At Life's Moments weddings we can offer detailed guidance on Celtic/Scottish/Irish ceremonies, from construction of the event to the last true blessing in Gaelic we can help you produce the day of your dreams ...


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