Scottish – Irish – Celtic
Events recognizing Celtic roots and also practices have long been prominent. From the stirring cry of the bag pipe to the gown of formal tartan and kilt, wedding events based upon aspects of Celtic custom can provide long lasting memories. Aspects of these wedding events could include part or all the following:
Anam Cara - Literally, the Hearts Partner, this tradition is a one-of-a-kind event commemorating the creation of a classic love now and forever more. This celebration of the components; to the Celts the 4 aspects Earth, Fire, Water and Air were the structures on which a successful relationship were built.
This custom was adapted as Christianity moved into the Celtic lands and also remains to be a wonderful means to include friends and family in your event.
Handfasting - An event going back to antiquity, Handfasting is a tradition of marriage before the availability of rings and precious metals. The couple would take a piece of fabric or rope and before their families and friends, declare their love and intent by stating a few words and also binding themselves with each other symbolically with the rope. It is from this tradition we still refer to marriage as "tying the knot".
Oathing Stone -- What better area to put the assurances of a life time and eternity than in the heart of a stone? The oathing stone is held by the couple while their vows are recited, then in some customs is thrown right into a deep body of water to hold those promises for evermore. Today that stone may be kept as a remembrance of this big day.
The Quaich - Initially crafted from timber the twin 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 throughout the marriage, from that point on the Quaich has been referred to as the "loving cup". This gorgeous ceremony conveys the blessings of Kith and Kin to the couple.
Pinning of the Tartan
Pinning of the Tartan - A bride-to-be is officially approved right into the groom's family with this event. Normally the oldest female member of the groom's family gives a piece of the household 's Tartan to the bride indicating she is currently interwoven right into all the doings of the clan.
The presentation of the family sword - The martial roots of the Celtic peoples revolved around the defense of hearth and residence. This ceremony is the acknowledgement of the male participants of the bride-to-be's household that they also now have a new relationship and a new sibling in arms.
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