Scottish – Irish – Celtic
Celebrations recognizing Celtic origins and also customs have long been popular. From the stirring cry of the bag pipe to the dress of official tartan and kilt, wedding events based upon aspects of Celtic custom can provide enduring memories. Facets of these wedding celebrations could consist of part or all of the following:
Anam Cara - Actually, the Hearts other Half, this tradition is a unique ceremony commemorating the development of a classic love forever more. This event of the elements; to the Celts the 4 components Earth, Fire, Water and Air were the structures on which a successful partnership were developed.
This custom was adapted as Christianity relocated into the Celtic lands and also continues to be a wonderful way to include family and friends in your ceremony.
Handfasting - A ceremony going back to classical times, Handfasting is a tradition of marriage before the availability of rings as well as precious metals. The couple would take an item of cloth or rope and before their families and friends, state their love and intention by reciting a few words as well as binding themselves with each other symbolically with the cordage. It is from this custom we still describe marriage as "tying the knot".
Oathing Stone -- Exactly what better location to put the guarantees of a life time and eternity than in the heart of a stone? The oathing stone is held by the bride and groom while their pledges are recited, then in some practices is thrown right into a deep body of water to hold those assurances for evermore. Today that stone might be kept as a remembrance of this special day.
The Quaich - Originally crafted from wood the twin handled Quaich was a Scotsman's canteen, mess kit and drinking cup rolled right into one. King James of Scotland provided his betrothed Anne of Denmark a Quaich as a symbol of his love for her throughout the wedding, from that point on the Quaich has been know as the "loving cup". This attractive event shares the blessings of Kith as well as Kin to the couple.
Pinning of the Tartan
Pinning of the Tartan - A bride is formally accepted into the groom's family with this event. Typically the oldest woman member of the bridegroom's family provides a piece of the family member 's Tartan to the bride indicating she is now interwoven into all the behaviors of the clan.
The presentation of the family sword - The martial roots of the Celtic peoples revolved around the defense of fireplace and also residence. This ceremony is the acknowledgement of the male participants of the bride's household that they also now have a new relationship as well as a new brother in arms.
At Life's Moments wedding celebrations we can offer detailed support on Celtic/Scottish/Irish ceremonies, from building and construction of the ceremony to the last true blessing in Gaelic we can help you develop the day of your desires ...
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