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Events recognizing Celtic origins and practices have long been popular. From the stirring cry of the bag pipe to the outfit of official tartan and kilt, weddings based upon facets of Celtic custom can offer long lasting memories. Elements of these wedding events can consist of part or all of the following:

Anam Cara - Essentially, the Hearts Partner, this tradition is a unique event commemorating the creation of a classic love forever more. This event of the components; to the Celts the 4 aspects Earth, Fire, Water and Air were the structures on which a successful relationship were built.

Anam Cara

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

Handfasting

Handfasting - An event going back right to antiquity, Handfasting is a practice of marriage before the availability of rings as well as rare-earth elements. The couple would take a piece of fabric or rope and before their families and friends, proclaim their love and intention by stating a few words as well as binding themselves together symbolically with the cordage. It is from this tradition we still describe marriage as "tying the knot".

Oathing Stone -- What better area to put the promises of a life time as well as eternity than in the heart of a stone? The oathing stone is held by the couple while their vows are stated, then in some traditions is tossed into a deep body of water to hold those promises for evermore. Today that stone may be kept as a remembrance of this special day.

Oathing Stone

The Quaich - Originally crafted from wood the double handled Quaich was a Scotsman's canteen, mess kit and also drinking mug rolled into one. King James of Scotland provided his betrothed Anne of Denmark a Quaich as a sign of his love for her during the marriage. From that point on the Quaich has actually been referred to as the "loving cup". This beautiful event conveys the true blessings of Kith and Kin to the couple.

The Quaich

Pinning of the Tartan

Pinning of the Tartan - A bride is formally settled for right into the groom's family through this ceremony. Usually the oldest female member of the groom's family provides a swatch of the household 's Tartan to the bride signifying she is now linked right into all the behaviors of the clan.

The presentation of the family sword - The martial origins of the Celtic peoples focused on the protection of fireplace as well as house. This ceremony is the acknowledgement of the male members of the bride's family members that they too currently have a brand-new partnership and a brand-new brother in arms.

Family Arms

At Life's Moments wedding events we can offer comprehensive guidance on Celtic/Scottish/Irish ceremonies, from building and construction of the event to the final blessing in Gaelic we can help you develop the day of your desires ...


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