Scottish – Irish – Celtic
Celebrations honoring Celtic roots and traditions have long been popular. From the stirring cry of the bag pipe to the gown of formal tartan and kilt, weddings based on elements of Celtic practice can offer lasting memories. Aspects of these wedding celebrations could include part or all the following:
Anam Cara - Essentially, the Hearts other Half, this practice is a distinct ceremony celebrating the development of a timeless love now and forever more. This event of the components; to the Celts the four elements Earth, Fire, Water and Air were the foundations on which an effective partnership were built.
This practice was adapted as Christianity moved right into the Celtic lands and remains to be a fantastic means to include friends and family in your event.
Handfasting - A ceremony going back right to classical times, Handfasting is a practice of marriage before the availability of rings as well as precious metals. The couple would take an item of fabric or rope and before their families and friends, state their love and intention by reciting a few words and also binding themselves together symbolically with the rope. It is from this practice we still refer to marriage as "tying the knot".
Oathing Stone -- Exactly what better area to place the assurances of a life time as well as eternity than in the heart of a stone? The oathing stone is held by the bride and groom while their vows are recited, then in some traditions is thrown right into a deep body of water to hold those guarantees for evermore. Today that stone could be maintained as a remembrance of this special day.
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 gave 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 been called the "loving cup". This lovely ceremony conveys the true blessings of Kith and Kin to the couple.
Pinning of the Tartan
Pinning of the Tartan - A bride-to-be is officially accepted into the groom's family with this ceremony. Normally the oldest female member of the bridegroom's family offers a piece of the family member 's Tartan to the new bride 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 hearth as well as residence. This ceremony is the acknowledgement of the male participants of the bride-to-be's family members that they too now have a new relationship as well as a new sibling in arms.
At Life's Minutes wedding events we can offer detailed guidance on Celtic/Scottish/Irish events, from building and construction of the ceremony to the final true blessing in Gaelic we can help you produce the day of your desires ...
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