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Events recognizing Celtic roots and traditions have actually long been popular. From the stirring cry of the bag pipe to the outfit of formal tartan and kilt, wedding celebrations based upon facets of Celtic custom can provide lasting memories. Elements of these weddings can include part or all the following:

Anam Cara - Actually, the Hearts other Half, this practice is a distinct event commemorating the production of a timeless love 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 partnership were built.

Anam Cara

This tradition was adjusted as Christianity relocated right into the Celtic lands as well as remains to be a remarkable means to include friends and family in your ceremony.

Handfasting

Handfasting - A ceremony dating back right to classical times, Handfasting is a tradition 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 intention by stating a few words and binding themselves with each other symbolically with the cordage. It is from this custom we still refer to marriage as "tying the knot".

Oathing Stone -- What better place to put the pledges of a life time and eternity than in the heart of a stone? The oathing stone is held by the couple while their vows are stated, then in some practices is thrown into a deep body of water to hold those assurances for evermore. Today that stone might be maintained as a remembrance of this big day.

Oathing Stone

The Quaich - Initially crafted from timber the double handled Quaich was a Scotsman's canteen, mess kit and drinking mug rolled right into one. King James of Scotland provided 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 know as the "loving cup". This beautiful ceremony conveys the true blessings of Kith as well as Kin to the couple.

The Quaich

Pinning of the Tartan

Pinning of the Tartan - A new bride is formally approved into the groom's family with this event. Generally the oldest female member of the bridegroom's family provides a swatch of the household 's Tartan to the bride-to-be representing she is now linked right into all the behaviors of the clan.

The presentation of the family sword - The martial roots of the Celtic peoples revolved around the protection of hearth and also home. This event is the acknowledgement of the male participants of the new bride's family members that they also currently have a new relationship as well as a new sibling in arms.

Family Arms

At Life's Moments weddings we can offer extensive support on Celtic/Scottish/Irish events, from building and construction of the event to the final true blessing in Gaelic we can assist you develop the day of your desires ...


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