Scottish – Irish – Celtic
Celebrations recognizing Celtic roots and practices have long been prominent. From the stirring cry of the bag pipe to the dress of formal tartan and kilt, wedding events based on aspects of Celtic custom can offer lasting memories. Elements of these wedding celebrations could consist of part or every one of the following:
Anam Cara - Essentially, the Hearts Partner, this custom is a distinct event commemorating the development of a classic love now and forever more. This event of the elements; to the Celts the 4 aspects Earth, Fire, Water and Air were the foundations on which an effective relationship were built.
This practice was adapted as Christianity moved right into the Celtic lands and continues to be a remarkable way to include family and friends in your ceremony.
Handfasting - A ceremony dating back right to classical times, Handfasting is a practice of marriage before the availability of rings and rare-earth elements. The couple would take a piece of cloth or rope and before their friends and families, declare their love and intent by reciting a couple of words and binding themselves together symbolically with the cordage. It is from this practice we still refer to marriage as "tying the knot".
Oathing Stone -- What better location to put the pledges of a lifetime as well as eternity than in the heart of a stone? The oathing stone is held by the groom and bride while their promises are recited, then in some traditions is thrown right into a deep body of water to hold those pledges for evermore. Today that stone might be kept as a remembrance of this special day.
The Quaich - Initially crafted from timber the double handled Quaich was a Scotsman's canteen, mess kit and drinking cup rolled right into one. King James of Scotland offered his betrothed Anne of Denmark a Quaich as a symbol of his love for her during the marriage, 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-to-be is officially accepted right into the groom's family via this ceremony. Typically the oldest female member of the bridegroom's family gives a piece of the household 's Tartan to the new bride indicating she is now linked into all the doings of the clan.
The presentation of the family sword - The martial roots of the Celtic peoples revolved around the protection of hearth and house. This event is the acknowledgement of the male participants of the new bride's family members that they as well now have a new relationship as well as a new brother in arms.
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