Scottish – Irish – Celtic
Celebrations honoring Celtic origins and customs have long been popular. From the stirring cry of the bag pipe to the gown of official tartan and kilt, weddings based upon aspects of Celtic custom can offer lasting memories. Elements of these weddings can consist of part or all of the following:
Anam Cara - Literally, the Hearts other Half, this practice is a unique ceremony commemorating the development of an ageless love now and forever more. This event of the components; to the Celts the four elements Earth, Fire, Water and Air were the foundations on which an effective connection were built.
This tradition was adapted as Christianity relocated into the Celtic lands and also continues to be a remarkable way to include family and friends in your event.
Handfasting - A ceremony dating back to classical times, Handfasting is a tradition of marriage before the availability of rings and precious metals. The couple would take an item of cloth or rope and before their friends and families, declare 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 describe marriage as "tying the knot".
Oathing Stone -- What better area to place the pledges of a lifetime and eternity than in the heart of a stone? The oathing stone is held by the bride and groom while their promises are stated, then in some practices is tossed into a deep body of water to hold those pledges for evermore. Today that stone might be kept as a remembrance of this big day.
The Quaich - Initially crafted from wood the double handled Quaich was a Scotsman's canteen, mess kit as well as drinking mug rolled right into one. King James of Scotland provided his betrothed Anne of Denmark a Quaich as a symbol of his love for her during the marriage ceremony, from that point on the Quaich has been referred to as the "loving cup". This lovely event shares the blessings of Kith and also Kin to the couple.
Pinning of the Tartan
Pinning of the Tartan - A bride-to-be is officially accepted right into the bridegroom's family with this event. Typically the oldest female participant of the groom's family gives a piece of the family member 's Tartan to the new bride representing she is currently linked into all the behaviors of the clan.
The presentation of the family sword - The martial roots of the Celtic individuals revolved around the protection of hearth and residence. This event is the recognition of the male participants of the new bride's household that they also currently have a new connection and a new brother in arms.
At Life's Moments weddings we can provide extensive support on Celtic/Scottish/Irish ceremonies, from construction of the event to the last blessing in Gaelic we can help you produce the day of your desires ...
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