Scottish – Irish – Celtic
Celebrations recognizing Celtic origins as well as practices have long been popular. From the stirring cry of the bag pipe to the dress of formal tartan and kilt, weddings based on elements of Celtic tradition can provide long-term memories. Facets of these weddings could include part or all of the following:
Anam Cara - Essentially, the Hearts Partner, this tradition is a unique ceremony commemorating the production of a timeless love forever more. This celebration of the elements; to the Celts the 4 aspects Earth, Fire, Water and Air were the foundations on which a successful relationship were developed.
This custom was adapted as Christianity relocated into the Celtic lands and continues to be a fantastic means to include family and friends in your event.
Handfasting - An event going back to antiquity, Handfasting is a practice of marriage prior to the availability of rings and also precious metals. The couple would take an item of cloth or rope and before their friends and families, state their love and intention by stating a few words and binding themselves together symbolically with the cordage. It is from this practice we still refer to marriage as "tying the knot".
Oathing Stone -- What better place to place the pledges of a lifetime and eternity than in the heart of a stone? The oathing stone is held by the groom and bride while their vows are recited, after that in some traditions is thrown right into a deep body of water to hold those assurances for evermore. Today that stone may be maintained as a remembrance of this big day.
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 provided his betrothed Anne of Denmark a Quaich as a symbol of his love for her during the marriage ceremony, from that point on the Quaich has actually been called the "loving cup". This beautiful event shares the true blessings of Kith as well as Kin to the couple.
Pinning of the Tartan
Pinning of the Tartan - A bride is officially accepted right into the groom's family through this event. Normally the oldest woman member of the groom's family offers a piece of the family member 's Tartan to the bride representing she is now interwoven right 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 house. This event is the recognition of the male members of the new bride's family that they too currently have a new partnership and a new brother in arms.
At Life's Moments wedding celebrations we can provide detailed support on Celtic/Scottish/Irish ceremonies, from construction of the ceremony to the final true blessing in Gaelic we can help you develop the day of your desires ...
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