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Celebrations recognizing Celtic roots as well as traditions have long been prominent. From the stirring cry of the bag pipe to the dress of official tartan and kilt, wedding celebrations based on facets of Celtic practice can provide long lasting memories. Aspects of these wedding celebrations can include part or every one of the following:

Anam Cara - Literally, the Hearts Partner, this practice is a unique ceremony commemorating the creation of an ageless love now and forever more. This event of the components; to the Celts the 4 elements Earth, Fire, Water and Air were the structures on which an effective partnership were constructed.

Anam Cara

This custom was adjusted as Christianity relocated right into the Celtic lands as well as remains to be a terrific way to include friends and family in your ceremony.

Handfasting

Handfasting - An event going back right to antiquity, Handfasting is a practice of marriage prior to the availability of rings and precious metals. The couple would take a piece of cloth or rope and before their friends and families, proclaim their love and purpose by reciting a couple of words and also 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 -- Exactly what better place to place the guarantees of a lifetime and also eternity than in the heart of a stone? The oathing stone is held by the groom and bride while their vows are recited, then in some practices is thrown into a deep body of water to hold those promises for evermore. Today that stone could be maintained as a remembrance of this big day.

Oathing Stone

The Quaich - Initially crafted from wood the double handled Quaich was a Scotsman's canteen, mess kit and drinking cup rolled 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 called 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 new bride is formally approved right into the groom's family via this event. Generally the oldest woman participant of the bridegroom's family provides a piece of the family member 's Tartan to the bride-to-be representing she is now linked into all the doings of the clan.

The presentation of the family sword - The martial origins of the Celtic peoples focused on the protection of hearth and house. This event is the recognition of the male participants of the new bride's household that they also now have a brand-new partnership and a brand-new brother in arms.

Family Arms

At Life's Moments wedding events we can give detailed assistance on Celtic/Scottish/Irish ceremonies, from construction of the event to the final true blessing in Gaelic we can assist you create the day of your dreams ...


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