Scottish – Irish – Celtic
Celebrations honoring Celtic origins and practices have long been preferred. From the stirring cry of the bag pipe to the gown of official tartan and kilt, wedding celebrations based upon elements of Celtic practice can offer lasting memories. Facets of these wedding celebrations can include part or all of the following:
Anam Cara - Essentially, the Hearts other Half, this custom is a special ceremony commemorating the production of a classic love 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 relationship were built.
This practice was adapted as Christianity relocated into the Celtic lands and also remains to be a terrific means to include family and friends in your event.
Handfasting - A ceremony dating back to antiquity, Handfasting is a custom of marriage prior to the accessibility of rings and rare-earth elements. The couple would take a piece of fabric or rope and before their families and friends, proclaim their love and intent by stating a few 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 location to put the guarantees 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 recited, then in some practices is thrown right into a deep body of water to hold those pledges for evermore. Today that stone may be kept as a remembrance of this wedding.
The Quaich - Initially crafted from wood the double handled Quaich was a Scotsman's canteen, mess kit and drinking vessel 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 ceremony, 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 officially settled for into the bridegroom's family through this event. Generally the oldest woman participant of the bridegroom's family gives a piece of the household 's Tartan to the bride-to-be symbolizing 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 defense of fireplace and home. This event is the recognition of the male participants of the bride's family members that they also now have a new connection and a brand-new brother in arms.
At Life's Moments weddings we can give comprehensive guidance on Celtic/Scottish/Irish ceremonies, from construction of the ceremony to the final true blessing in Gaelic we can assist you produce the day of your dreams ...
We Love to Travel! (however our accountant says we have to cover little things like gas, tires and maintenance), so to keep them from chewing our ears off our travel rates are as follows;
Albuquerque/Rio Rancho Metro Area (includes Corrales, Bernalillo, Isleta, Tijeras)
Fee per trip mileage is one way
30 – 60 miles
Over 175 miles
Please call for details
Rev. Bruce Byers