Scottish – Irish – Celtic
Events recognizing Celtic roots and traditions have long been preferred. From the stirring cry of the bag pipe to the outfit of official tartan and kilt, wedding events based upon facets of Celtic custom can offer enduring memories. Facets of these weddings could consist of part or all of the following:
Anam Cara - Essentially, the Hearts Partner, this tradition is a unique event celebrating the creation of an ageless love now and forever more. This event of the aspects; to the Celts the 4 elements Earth, Fire, Water and Air were the foundations on which an effective connection were constructed.
This practice was adjusted as Christianity relocated right into the Celtic lands and remains to be a terrific way to include loved ones in your ceremony.
Handfasting - An event going back to classical times, Handfasting is a custom of marriage before the accessibility of rings and precious metals. The couple would take an item of cloth or rope and before their friends and families, proclaim their love and intent by stating a couple of words and binding themselves together symbolically with the rope. It is from this custom we still refer to marriage as "tying the knot".
Oathing Stone -- Just what better location to place the promises of a life time as well as eternity than in the heart of a stone? The oathing stone is held by the groom and bride while their vows are stated, then in some practices is thrown into a deep body of water to hold those promises for evermore. Today that stone may be kept as a remembrance of this wedding.
The Quaich - Originally crafted from timber the double handled Quaich was a Scotsman's canteen, mess kit and drinking cup rolled right into one. King James of Scotland gave his betrothed Anne of Denmark a Quaich as a symbol of his love for her during the marriage, from that point on the Quaich has been called the "loving cup". This beautiful ceremony conveys the blessings of Kith and Kin to the couple.
Pinning of the Tartan
Pinning of the Tartan - A new bride is formally accepted into the groom's family with this ceremony. Normally the oldest female member of the groom's family gives a swatch of the household 's Tartan to the new bride indicating she is now interwoven into all the behaviors of the clan.
The presentation of the family sword - The martial roots of the Celtic peoples focused on the protection of hearth and home. This event is the acknowledgement of the male members of the bride-to-be's family that they as well now have a new connection and a brand-new sibling in arms.
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