Scottish – Irish – Celtic
Celebrations recognizing Celtic origins and customs have long been preferred. From the stirring cry of the bag pipe to the dress of formal tartan and kilt, wedding events based upon elements of Celtic practice can give long lasting memories. Aspects of these weddings can include part or all the following:
Anam Cara - Actually, the Hearts other Half, this tradition is a unique event celebrating the creation of a timeless love forever more. This event of the aspects; to the Celts the 4 aspects Earth, Fire, Water and Air were the foundations on which a successful relationship were built.
This practice was adjusted as Christianity relocated into the Celtic lands and continues to be a terrific means to include family and friends in your ceremony.
Handfasting - A ceremony going back to classical times, Handfasting is a tradition of marriage before the availability of rings and rare-earth elements. The couple would take an item of cloth or rope and before their friends and families, declare their love and intent by reciting a couple of words and binding themselves with each other symbolically with the cordage. It is from this tradition we still describe marriage as "tying the knot".
Oathing Stone -- What better area to place the promises of a life time and also eternity than in the heart of a stone? The oathing stone is held by the couple while their vows are stated, then in some traditions is thrown into a deep body of water to hold those guarantees for evermore. Today that stone might be maintained as a remembrance of this special day.
The Quaich - Initially crafted from wood the twin handled Quaich was a Scotsman's canteen, mess kit and drinking mug rolled right into one. King James of Scotland provided his betrothed Anne of Denmark a Quaich as a symbol of his love for her during the marriage ceremony, from that point on the Quaich has been know as the "loving cup". This lovely ceremony conveys the blessings of Kith and Kin to the couple.
Pinning of the Tartan
Pinning of the Tartan - A bride is officially accepted right into the bridegroom's family via this event. Normally the oldest woman participant of the groom's family gives a piece of the household 's Tartan to the bride-to-be signifying she is now linked right into all the behaviors of the clan.
The presentation of the family sword - The martial roots of the Celtic peoples focused on the protection of hearth and also home. This event is the acknowledgement of the male participants of the bride-to-be's family that they also now have a new partnership as well as a brand-new brother in arms.
At Life's Minutes wedding events we can give detailed support on Celtic/Scottish/Irish ceremonies, from construction of the event to the final true blessing in Gaelic we can help you develop the day of your desires ...
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