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Events recognizing Celtic roots and practices have long been prominent. From the stirring cry of the bag pipe to the outfit of formal tartan and kilt, weddings based upon elements of Celtic tradition can give long lasting memories. Aspects of these wedding events could include part or all the following:

Anam Cara - Essentially, the Hearts Partner, this tradition is a distinct ceremony commemorating the production of an ageless love now and forever more. This celebration of the elements; to the Celts the 4 components Earth, Fire, Water and Air were the structures on which a successful connection were developed.

Anam Cara

This custom was adapted as Christianity moved right into the Celtic lands and also continues to be a wonderful way to include family and friends in your ceremony.

Handfasting

Handfasting - An event dating back right to classical times, Handfasting is a practice of marriage before the availability of rings and precious metals. The couple would take an item of fabric or rope and before their families and friends, state their love and purpose by stating a couple of words and also binding themselves with each other symbolically with the cordage. It is from this custom we still describe marriage as "tying the knot".

Oathing Stone -- Just what better area to put the pledges of a life time and also eternity than in the heart of a stone? The oathing stone is held by the couple while their pledges are recited, then in some traditions is tossed right into a deep body of water to hold those assurances for evermore. Today that stone may be kept as a remembrance of this big day.

Oathing Stone

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

The Quaich

Pinning of the Tartan

Pinning of the Tartan - A bride is officially approved into the bridegroom's family via this ceremony. Normally the oldest female participant of the bridegroom's family gives a piece of the household 's Tartan to the bride symbolizing she is now interwoven into all the doings of the clan.

The presentation of the family sword - The martial roots of the Celtic individuals revolved around the protection of fireplace as well as residence. This ceremony is the acknowledgement of the male participants of the bride-to-be's family that they too currently have a new partnership and also a brand-new brother in arms.

Family Arms

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


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