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The Perfect Wedding Officiant for Your Celtic Wedding Ceremony in Chimayo, New Mexico


Celebrations honoring Celtic roots and practices have long been popular. From the stirring cry of the bag pipe to the outfit of official tartan and kilt, wedding events based on aspects of Celtic custom can provide lasting memories. Aspects of these weddings can include part or every one of the following:

Anam Cara - Actually, the Hearts other Half, this tradition is a unique ceremony commemorating the production of a classic love forever more. This celebration of the elements; to the Celts the four aspects Earth, Fire, Water and Air were the foundations on which an effective relationship were constructed.

Anam Cara

This tradition was adapted as Christianity moved into the Celtic lands and also remains to be a remarkable way to include family and friends in your ceremony.

Handfasting

Handfasting - An event dating back right to classical times, Handfasting is a tradition of marriage before the availability of rings and precious metals. The couple would take an item of cloth or rope and before their families and friends, proclaim their love and intent by stating a few words and binding themselves together symbolically with the cordage. It is from this practice we still describe marriage as "tying the knot".

Oathing Stone -- Exactly what better location to put the assurances of a life time as well as eternity than in the heart of a stone? The oathing stone is held by the bride and groom while their pledges are recited, after that in some customs is thrown right into a deep body of water to hold those assurances for evermore. Today that stone may be maintained as a remembrance of this special day.

Oathing Stone

The Quaich - Initially crafted from wood the double handled Quaich was a Scotsman's canteen, mess kit and also drinking mug rolled into one. King James of Scotland gave 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 been know as the "loving cup". This lovely event communicates the true blessings of Kith and also Kin to the couple.

The Quaich

Pinning of the Tartan

Pinning of the Tartan - A bride is officially settled for into the groom's family via this ceremony. Usually the oldest woman participant of the groom's family gives a swatch of the household 's Tartan to the new bride symbolizing she is now linked right into all the doings of the clan.

The presentation of the family sword - The martial origins of the Celtic peoples focused on the defense of fireplace and also house. This event is the acknowledgement of the male members of the new bride's family that they too currently have a brand-new connection as well as a brand-new sibling in arms.

Family Arms

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


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