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Celebrations honoring Celtic roots and practices have actually long been prominent. From the stirring cry of the bag pipe to the outfit of official tartan and kilt, wedding events based on aspects of Celtic practice can offer lasting memories. Aspects of these wedding events could consist of part or all of the following:

Anam Cara - Literally, the Hearts other Half, this practice is a unique ceremony commemorating the development of a classic love now and forever more. This celebration of the aspects; to the Celts the four elements Earth, Fire, Water and Air were the structures on which an effective partnership were built.

Anam Cara

This tradition was adapted as Christianity moved right into the Celtic lands and continues to be a fantastic way to include family and friends in your event.

Handfasting

Handfasting - A ceremony going back to classical times, Handfasting is a custom of marriage before the availability of rings and also rare-earth elements. The couple would take an item of fabric or rope and before their friends and families, state their love and purpose by stating a couple of words as well as binding themselves together symbolically with the cordage. It is from this tradition we still refer to marriage as "tying the knot".

Oathing Stone -- What better area to place the promises of a lifetime and eternity than in the heart of a stone? The oathing stone is held by the couple while their promises are stated, then in some customs is tossed right into a deep body of water to hold those promises for evermore. Today that stone may be kept as a remembrance of this big day.

Oathing Stone

The Quaich - Initially crafted from wood the twin handled Quaich was a Scotsman's canteen, mess kit and drinking vessel rolled right into one. King James of Scotland gave his betrothed Anne of Denmark a Quaich as a sign of his love for her during the marriage, from that point on the Quaich has been know as the "loving cup". This gorgeous event shares the blessings of Kith as well as Kin to the couple.

The Quaich

Pinning of the Tartan

Pinning of the Tartan - A bride is officially settled for into the bridegroom's family through this event. Normally the oldest woman member of the bridegroom's family provides a swatch of the household 's Tartan to the bride-to-be representing she is now linked into all the behaviors of the clan.

The presentation of the family sword - The martial origins of the Celtic peoples focused on the protection of fireplace and residence. This event is the acknowledgement of the male members of the bride's family that they too now have a new connection and also a brand-new brother in arms.

Family Arms

At Life's Moments weddings we can offer thorough support on Celtic/Scottish/Irish events, from building of the ceremony to the last true blessing in Gaelic we can help you develop the day of your dreams ...


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