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The Right Wedding Officiant for Your Traditional Irish Wedding Ceremony in Cochiti Lake, New Mexico

Events honoring Celtic roots and practices have long been preferred. From the stirring cry of the bag pipe to the dress of official tartan and kilt, wedding events based upon aspects of Celtic practice can supply lasting memories. Aspects of these wedding events could include part or all of the following:

Anam Cara - Actually, the Hearts Partner, this custom is a special event commemorating the production of a classic love now and forever more. This event of the elements; to the Celts the 4 components Earth, Fire, Water and Air were the foundations on which a successful partnership were developed.

Anam Cara

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

Handfasting

Handfasting - A ceremony going back to classical times, Handfasting is a tradition of marriage prior to the accessibility of rings as well as precious metals. The couple would take a piece of cloth or rope and before their friends and families, declare 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 describe marriage as "tying the knot".

Oathing Stone -- Just what better place to put the promises of a life time and eternity than in the heart of a stone? The oathing stone is held by the groom and bride while their promises are stated, then in some practices is thrown into a deep body of water to hold those guarantees for evermore. Today that stone may be kept as a remembrance of this wedding.

Oathing Stone

The Quaich - Originally crafted from timber the twin handled Quaich was a Scotsman's canteen, mess kit and drinking mug rolled 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 know as the "loving cup". This gorgeous ceremony communicates the blessings of Kith as well as Kin to the couple.

The Quaich

Pinning of the Tartan

Pinning of the Tartan - A bride-to-be is formally approved into the groom's family with this event. Typically the oldest female participant of the groom's family gives a piece of the household 's Tartan to the bride representing she is currently interwoven into all the doings of the clan.

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

Family Arms

At Life's Minutes weddings we can provide detailed guidance on Celtic/Scottish/Irish ceremonies, from construction of the ceremony to the last blessing in Gaelic we can help you produce the day of your dreams ...


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