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The Right Wedding Officiant for Your Traditional Celtic Wedding in Casa Blanca, New Mexico


Celebrations recognizing Celtic origins and practices have actually long been prominent. From the stirring cry of the bag pipe to the dress of formal tartan and kilt, weddings based on facets of Celtic tradition can offer long-term memories. Elements of these wedding events can consist of part or all the following:

Anam Cara - Literally, the Hearts Partner, this tradition is a distinct ceremony celebrating the development of a classic love forever more. This event of the components; to the Celts the four components Earth, Fire, Water and Air were the foundations on which an effective partnership were built.

Anam Cara

This custom was adjusted as Christianity moved into the Celtic lands and remains to be a terrific way to include friends and family in your ceremony.

Handfasting

Handfasting - An event going back to antiquity, Handfasting is a tradition of marriage before the availability of rings and precious metals. The couple would take a piece of fabric or rope and before their friends and families, proclaim their love and purpose by stating a couple of words as well as binding themselves with each other symbolically with the cordage. It is from this tradition we still refer to marriage as "tying the knot".

Oathing Stone -- Exactly what better location to place the promises of a life time 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 traditions is thrown right into a deep body of water to hold those promises for evermore. Today that stone could be maintained as a remembrance of this wedding.

Oathing Stone

The Quaich - Initially crafted from wood the double handled Quaich was a Scotsman's canteen, mess kit and also drinking mug 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 ceremony, From that point on the Quaich has been know as the "loving cup". This beautiful event shares the blessings of Kith and also Kin to the couple.

The Quaich

Pinning of the Tartan

Pinning of the Tartan - A bride-to-be is formally accepted into the groom's family via this event. Normally the oldest woman participant of the groom's family provides a piece of the family member 's Tartan to the bride indicating she is now linked into all the doings of the clan.

The presentation of the family sword - The martial roots of the Celtic peoples focused on the protection of hearth as well as house. This ceremony is the recognition of the male participants of the bride-to-be's family members that they as well currently have a brand-new relationship as well as a new brother in arms.

Family Arms

At Life's Moments wedding celebrations we can supply thorough support on Celtic/Scottish/Irish ceremonies, from construction of the event to the last true blessing in Gaelic we can assist you create the day of your dreams ...


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