Scottish – Irish – Celtic
Celebrations honoring Celtic origins as well as traditions have long been popular. From the stirring cry of the bag pipe to the dress of official tartan and kilt, weddings based upon elements of Celtic tradition can provide long lasting memories. Elements of these wedding celebrations can include part or all of the following:
Anam Cara - Actually, the Hearts other Half, this practice is a special ceremony celebrating the creation of a classic love forever more. This celebration of the components; to the Celts the 4 elements Earth, Fire, Water and Air were the structures on which a successful partnership were constructed.
This practice was adjusted as Christianity moved into the Celtic lands and continues to be a remarkable way to include family and friends in your event.
Handfasting - An event dating back to antiquity, Handfasting is a custom of marriage before the availability of rings and precious metals. The couple would take an item of cloth or rope and before their families and friends, declare their love and intent by reciting a few words and binding themselves with each other symbolically with the cordage. It is from this practice we still refer to marriage as "tying the knot".
Oathing Stone -- Just what better place to place the promises of a life time and eternity than in the heart of a stone? The oathing stone is held by the groom and bride while their promises are stated, then in some customs is thrown right into a deep body of water to hold those guarantees for evermore. Today that stone might be maintained as a remembrance of this special day.
The Quaich - Originally crafted from timber the twin handled Quaich was a Scotsman's canteen, mess kit and also drinking mug rolled right into one. King James of Scotland offered his betrothed Anne of Denmark a Quaich as a sign of his love for her during the wedding, from that point on the Quaich has been know as the "loving cup". This gorgeous event conveys the blessings of Kith and 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. Typically the oldest female member of the bridegroom's family offers a swatch of the family member 's Tartan to the new bride symbolizing she is currently interwoven into all the doings of the clan.
The presentation of the family sword - The martial origins of the Celtic individuals focused on the protection of hearth as well as house. This event is the acknowledgement of the male members of the bride-to-be's family members that they too currently have a new relationship and a new sibling in arms.
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