Scottish – Irish – Celtic
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Events recognizing Celtic origins and traditions have long been preferred. 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 lasting memories. Aspects of these wedding events could consist of part or all the following:
Anam Cara - Literally, the Hearts other Half, this practice is a unique ceremony celebrating the creation of an ageless love now and forever more. This event of the elements; to the Celts the four components Earth, Fire, Water and Air were the foundations on which a successful connection were constructed.
This tradition was adapted as Christianity moved into the Celtic lands as well as continues to be a wonderful means to include family and friends in your ceremony.
Handfasting - A ceremony going back right to antiquity, Handfasting is a practice 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, state their love and intent by reciting a few words and also binding themselves with each other symbolically with the cordage. 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 lifetime as well as eternity than in the heart of a stone? The oathing stone is held by the bride and groom while their promises are recited, then in some practices is thrown into a deep body of water to hold those promises for evermore. Today that stone could be maintained as a remembrance of this wedding.
The Quaich - Originally crafted from wood the double handled Quaich was a Scotsman's canteen, mess kit and also drinking cup rolled into one. King James of Scotland offered his betrothed Anne of Denmark a Quaich as a sign of his love for her throughout the marriage. From that point on the Quaich has been referred to as the "loving cup". This gorgeous ceremony conveys the true blessings of Kith as well as Kin to the couple.
Pinning of the Tartan
Pinning of the Tartan - A new bride is officially settled for right into the groom's family via this event. Typically the oldest woman member of the bridegroom's family provides a piece of the family member 's Tartan to the new bride indicating she is now interwoven into all the doings of the clan.
The presentation of the family sword - The martial origins of the Celtic peoples focused on the protection of fireplace and house. This event is the recognition of the male participants of the bride-to-be's household that they too currently have a new connection and a new brother in arms.
At Life's Minutes weddings we can supply detailed support on Celtic/Scottish/Irish events, from building of the ceremony to the last true blessing in Gaelic we can assist you develop the day of your desires ...
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