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Celebrations recognizing Celtic origins and customs have long been prominent. From the stirring cry of the bag pipe to the dress of official tartan and kilt, wedding events based upon elements of Celtic practice can offer long-term memories. Aspects of these wedding celebrations can include part or all of the following:

Anam Cara - Literally, the Hearts other Half, this custom is a special ceremony celebrating the development of a classic love forever more. This event of the aspects; to the Celts the 4 aspects Earth, Fire, Water and Air were the foundations on which an effective connection were built.

Anam Cara

This custom was adapted as Christianity moved into the Celtic lands and remains to be a remarkable way to include friends and family in your event.

Handfasting

Handfasting - An event dating back right 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 fabric or rope and before their families and friends, declare their love and purpose by reciting a few words and binding themselves together symbolically with the cordage. It is from this practice we still describe marriage as "tying the knot".

Oathing Stone -- What better location to place the assurances of a lifetime and also eternity than in the heart of a stone? The oathing stone is held by the bride and groom while their pledges are stated, then in some traditions is tossed into a deep body of water to hold those guarantees for evermore. Today that stone could be maintained as a remembrance of this wedding.

Oathing Stone

The Quaich - Originally crafted from wood the double handled Quaich was a Scotsman's canteen, mess kit and drinking cup rolled right into one. King James of Scotland gave his betrothed Anne of Denmark a Quaich as a symbol of his love for her throughout the wedding, from that point on the Quaich has been referred to as the "loving cup". This beautiful ceremony communicates the blessings of Kith and Kin to the couple.

The Quaich

Pinning of the Tartan

Pinning of the Tartan - A bride-to-be is formally approved into the groom's family with this event. Normally the oldest woman participant of the groom's family gives a piece of the household 's Tartan to the bride-to-be indicating she is now linked into all the behaviors of the clan.

The presentation of the family sword - The martial origins of the Celtic individuals revolved around the defense of hearth and house. This ceremony is the recognition of the male participants of the bride-to-be's family members that they also currently have a brand-new connection and also a new brother in arms.

Family Arms

At Life's Moments wedding events we can give thorough support on Celtic/Scottish/Irish events, from building of the ceremony to the final blessing in Gaelic we can help you develop the day of your dreams ...


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