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Celebrations honoring Celtic origins and also practices have long been preferred. From the stirring cry of the bag pipe to the outfit of formal tartan and kilt, wedding celebrations based on facets of Celtic practice can offer long lasting memories. Facets of these wedding celebrations could consist of part or all of the following:

Anam Cara - Literally, the Hearts Partner, this custom is a unique ceremony celebrating the development of a timeless love forever more. This celebration of the elements; to the Celts the four elements Earth, Fire, Water and Air were the foundations on which an effective partnership were constructed.

Anam Cara

This tradition was adapted as Christianity relocated right into the Celtic lands and remains to be a fantastic way to include friends and family in your event.

Handfasting

Handfasting - A ceremony dating back to classical times, Handfasting is a custom of marriage prior to the availability of rings and precious metals. The couple would take a piece of fabric or rope and before their families and friends, state their love and purpose by reciting a couple of words as well as binding themselves with each other symbolically with the cordage. It is from this tradition we still refer to marriage as "tying the knot".

Oathing Stone -- Just what better location to put the pledges of a lifetime and also eternity than in the heart of a stone? The oathing stone is held by the groom and bride while their promises are stated, after that in some practices is tossed right into a deep body of water to hold those promises for evermore. Today that stone could be kept 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 also 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 wedding, From that point on the Quaich has been know as the "loving cup". This gorgeous event 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 settled for into the groom's family via this event. Generally the oldest woman participant of the groom's family offers a piece of the family member 's Tartan to the bride-to-be representing she is now interwoven right into all the doings of the clan.

The presentation of the family sword - The martial roots of the Celtic peoples focused on the protection of fireplace and house. This ceremony is the acknowledgement of the male members of the bride-to-be's household that they also currently have a brand-new connection and a brand-new brother in arms.

Family Arms

At Life's Moments wedding celebrations we can offer comprehensive guidance on Celtic/Scottish/Irish ceremonies, from construction of the event to the last true blessing in Gaelic we can assist you produce the day of your desires ...


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