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Celebrations recognizing Celtic origins and practices have long been preferred. From the stirring cry of the bag pipe to the dress of official tartan and kilt, weddings based on aspects of Celtic practice can supply lasting memories. Facets of these wedding celebrations could include part or all the following:

Anam Cara - Literally, the Hearts Partner, this practice is a special event celebrating the development of a timeless love forever more. This event of the aspects; to the Celts the four elements Earth, Fire, Water and Air were the foundations on which an effective connection were built.

Anam Cara

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

Handfasting

Handfasting - A ceremony dating back right to antiquity, Handfasting is a practice of marriage before the accessibility of rings as well as precious metals. The couple would take a piece of fabric or rope and before their friends and families, proclaim their love and intention by reciting a couple of words and also binding themselves with each other symbolically with the cordage. It is from this custom we still refer to marriage as "tying the knot".

Oathing Stone -- Exactly what better location to put the promises of a life time as well as eternity than in the heart of a stone? The oathing stone is held by the couple while their promises are recited, after that in some practices is tossed right into a deep body of water to hold those guarantees for evermore. Today that stone might be maintained as a remembrance of this big day.

Oathing Stone

The Quaich - Originally crafted from wood the double handled Quaich was a Scotsman's canteen, mess kit and drinking mug rolled into one. King James of Scotland gave his betrothed Anne of Denmark a Quaich as a sign of his love for her throughout the marriage ceremony, From that point on the Quaich has actually been know as the "loving cup". This stunning ceremony shares the true blessings of Kith and Kin to the couple.

The Quaich

Pinning of the Tartan

Pinning of the Tartan - A bride-to-be is officially accepted into the groom's family through this ceremony. Typically the oldest woman participant of the bridegroom's family gives a piece of the household 's Tartan to the new bride indicating she is currently interwoven right into all the behaviors of the clan.

The presentation of the family sword - The martial origins of the Celtic individuals revolved around the defense of hearth and residence. This ceremony is the acknowledgement of the male participants of the bride-to-be's household that they too currently have a brand-new partnership as well as a new sibling in arms.

Family Arms

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


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