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Celebrations honoring Celtic origins as well as traditions 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 elements of Celtic practice can offer lasting memories. Facets of these weddings can include part or all the following:

Anam Cara - Literally, the Hearts other Half, this tradition is an one-of-a-kind event celebrating the production of an ageless love forever more. This event of the elements; to the Celts the 4 components Earth, Fire, Water and Air were the foundations on which an effective partnership were constructed.

Anam Cara

This tradition was adjusted as Christianity relocated into the Celtic lands and also continues to be a remarkable way to include friends and family in your event.

Handfasting

Handfasting - A ceremony dating back to antiquity, Handfasting is a custom of marriage before the accessibility of rings as well as precious metals. The couple would take an item of fabric or rope and before their families and friends, declare their love and intent by stating a couple of words and binding themselves with each other symbolically with the cordage. It is from this custom we still describe marriage as "tying the knot".

Oathing Stone -- Exactly what better location to put the pledges of a lifetime as well as eternity than in the heart of a stone? The oathing stone is held by the couple while their vows are recited, after that in some traditions is tossed right into a deep body of water to hold those promises for evermore. Today that stone could be kept as a remembrance of this wedding.

Oathing Stone

The Quaich - Originally crafted from wood the double handled Quaich was a Scotsman's canteen, mess kit and drinking mug rolled right into one. King James of Scotland offered 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 actually been called the "loving cup". This beautiful ceremony communicates the true blessings of Kith and also Kin to the couple.

The Quaich

Pinning of the Tartan

Pinning of the Tartan - A new bride is formally accepted into the groom's family via this event. Typically the oldest female participant of the groom's family offers a swatch of the household 's Tartan to the bride symbolizing she is currently interwoven right into all the doings of the clan.

The presentation of the family sword - The martial origins of the Celtic peoples revolved around the defense of hearth and house. This event is the acknowledgement of the male participants of the bride's family that they too now have a new partnership as well as a brand-new sibling in arms.

Family Arms

At Life's Moments wedding celebrations we can supply extensive support on Celtic/Scottish/Irish events, from construction of the ceremony to the last true blessing in Gaelic we can help you develop the day of your dreams ...


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