Scottish – Irish – Celtic
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Celebrations honoring Celtic origins as well as customs have long been preferred. From the stirring cry of the bag pipe to the gown of official tartan and kilt, wedding celebrations based upon facets of Celtic practice can provide lasting memories. Aspects of these wedding celebrations could include part or all of the following:
Anam Cara - Literally, the Hearts Partner, this tradition is a special event celebrating the production of a timeless love now and forever more. This event of the elements; to the Celts the 4 elements Earth, Fire, Water and Air were the structures on which an effective partnership were developed.
This practice was adapted as Christianity moved into the Celtic lands as well as continues to be a wonderful way to include loved ones in your event.
Handfasting - A ceremony dating back to classical times, Handfasting is a practice of marriage before the availability of rings as well as precious metals. The couple would take a piece of fabric or rope and before their friends and families, proclaim their love and intention by reciting a few words and binding themselves together symbolically with the cordage. It is from this custom we still describe marriage as "tying the knot".
Oathing Stone -- Just what better location to place the promises of a lifetime and eternity than in the heart of a stone? The oathing stone is held by the groom and bride while their pledges are recited, after that in some practices is tossed right into a deep body of water to hold those assurances for evermore. Today that stone might be kept as a remembrance of this special day.
The Quaich - Originally crafted from timber the double handled Quaich was a Scotsman's canteen, mess kit and drinking cup rolled into one. King James of Scotland offered his betrothed Anne of Denmark a Quaich as a symbol of his love for her during the wedding, from that point on the Quaich has actually been referred to as the "loving cup". This gorgeous event shares the blessings of Kith and also Kin to the couple.
Pinning of the Tartan
Pinning of the Tartan - A bride is officially approved into the groom's family with this event. Generally the oldest woman participant of the groom's family provides a piece of the household 's Tartan to the bride-to-be signifying she is now linked right into all the behaviors of the clan.
The presentation of the family sword - The martial origins of the Celtic peoples focused on the defense of hearth and also house. This event is the acknowledgement of the male members of the bride's family members that they as well now have a brand-new relationship and a new brother in arms.
At Life's Minutes weddings we can give extensive assistance on Celtic/Scottish/Irish ceremonies, from building and construction of the ceremony to the final blessing in Gaelic we can help you develop the day of your dreams ...
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