Scottish – Irish – Celtic
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Celebrations honoring Celtic origins and customs have long been popular. From the stirring cry of the bag pipe to the outfit of official tartan and kilt, wedding celebrations based upon elements of Celtic custom can give enduring memories. Aspects of these weddings could include part or all of the following:
Anam Cara - Literally, the Hearts other Half, this tradition is a unique event celebrating the creation of an ageless love now and forever more. This event of the elements; to the Celts the four elements Earth, Fire, Water and Air were the structures on which a successful relationship were built.
This custom was adapted as Christianity relocated into the Celtic lands and continues to be a wonderful way to include friends and family in your event.
Handfasting - A ceremony going back right to classical times, Handfasting is a custom of marriage prior to the availability of rings as well as precious metals. The couple would take an item of fabric or rope and before their families and friends, declare their love and purpose by stating a few words as well as binding themselves together symbolically with the cordage. It is from this practice we still describe marriage as "tying the knot".
Oathing Stone -- What better place 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 bride and groom while their pledges are stated, after that in some customs is thrown right into a deep body of water to hold those assurances for evermore. Today that stone could be maintained as a remembrance of this wedding.
The Quaich - Originally crafted from wood the twin handled Quaich was a Scotsman's canteen, mess kit as well as drinking mug rolled right into one. King James of Scotland gave his betrothed Anne of Denmark a Quaich as a sign of his love for her throughout the marriage ceremony, from that point on the Quaich has been referred to as the "loving cup". This lovely ceremony communicates the true blessings of Kith as well as Kin to the couple.
Pinning of the Tartan
Pinning of the Tartan - A bride-to-be is formally approved right into the bridegroom's family via this event. Typically the oldest woman participant of the bridegroom's family gives a swatch of the family member 's Tartan to the bride signifying she is currently interwoven right into all the doings of the clan.
The presentation of the family sword - The martial origins of the Celtic individuals revolved around the defense of fireplace and home. This event is the recognition of the male participants of the bride-to-be's family members that they also currently have a new relationship and a new brother in arms.
At Life's Moments wedding celebrations we can provide extensive assistance on Celtic/Scottish/Irish ceremonies, from building of the ceremony to the last true blessing in Gaelic we can help you produce the day of your dreams ...
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