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The Right Wedding Officiant for Your Traditional Scottish Ceremony in Hernandez, New Mexico

Events honoring Celtic origins as well as traditions have long been prominent. From the stirring cry of the bag pipe to the gown of formal tartan and kilt, wedding celebrations based upon facets of Celtic practice can provide lasting memories. Facets of these wedding celebrations can consist of part or every one of the following:

Anam Cara - Essentially, the Hearts Partner, this custom is a special event celebrating the creation of an ageless love forever more. This event of the components; to the Celts the 4 aspects Earth, Fire, Water and Air were the foundations on which a successful relationship were constructed.

Anam Cara

This practice was adjusted as Christianity moved right into the Celtic lands and remains to be a wonderful way to include friends and family in your ceremony.

Handfasting

Handfasting - An event dating back right to classical times, Handfasting is a custom of marriage prior to the availability of rings and also rare-earth elements. The couple would take a piece of fabric or rope and before their friends and families, proclaim their love and purpose by reciting a couple of words as well as binding themselves together symbolically with the rope. It is from this practice we still refer to marriage as "tying the knot".

Oathing Stone -- Just what better place to put the promises of a lifetime and eternity than in the heart of a stone? The oathing stone is held by the bride and groom while their vows are stated, then in some traditions is thrown into a deep body of water to hold those assurances for evermore. Today that stone may be kept as a remembrance of this wedding.

Oathing Stone

The Quaich - Originally crafted from timber the twin handled Quaich was a Scotsman's canteen, mess kit as well as drinking mug rolled right into one. King James of Scotland provided his betrothed Anne of Denmark a Quaich as a sign of his love for her throughout the marriage. From that point on the Quaich has actually been know as the "loving cup". This lovely ceremony communicates the true blessings of Kith and Kin to the couple.

The Quaich

Pinning of the Tartan

Pinning of the Tartan - A bride-to-be is officially settled for into the groom's family with this event. Normally the oldest woman participant of the groom's family gives a piece of the family member 's Tartan to the new bride signifying 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 defense of fireplace and home. This event is the recognition of the male participants of the new bride's family that they too currently have a brand-new connection and also a brand-new brother in arms.

Family Arms

At Life's Moments wedding events we can offer detailed assistance on Celtic/Scottish/Irish ceremonies, from building of the ceremony to the last true blessing in Gaelic we can help you create the day of your desires ...


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