Scottish – Irish – Celtic
Celebrations honoring Celtic origins as well as traditions have actually long been preferred. From the stirring cry of the bag pipe to the dress of formal tartan and kilt, weddings based on facets of Celtic tradition can offer long-term memories. Aspects of these wedding events can include part or all the following:
Anam Cara - Essentially, the Hearts Partner, this tradition is a special event commemorating the creation of a classic love now and forever more. This celebration of the elements; to the Celts the 4 elements Earth, Fire, Water and Air were the foundations on which an effective relationship were constructed.
This custom was adapted as Christianity moved right into the Celtic lands and continues to be a wonderful way to include loved ones in your event.
Handfasting - A ceremony going back to classical times, Handfasting is a practice of marriage before the availability of rings as well as rare-earth elements. The couple would take an item of cloth or rope and before their friends and families, proclaim their love and purpose by reciting a few words and binding themselves with each other symbolically with the rope. It is from this practice we still describe marriage as "tying the knot".
Oathing Stone -- What better area to place the pledges of a life time and also eternity than in the heart of a stone? The oathing stone is held by the couple while their vows are stated, after that in some practices is thrown into a deep body of water to hold those guarantees for evermore. Today that stone could be kept as a remembrance of this big day.
The Quaich - Originally crafted from wood the double handled Quaich was a Scotsman's canteen, mess kit and drinking cup rolled into one. King James of Scotland gave 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 know as the "loving cup". This stunning event conveys the blessings of Kith and Kin to the couple.
Pinning of the Tartan
Pinning of the Tartan - A new bride is officially settled for into the bridegroom's family with this event. Usually the oldest female member of the groom's family provides a piece of the family member 's Tartan to the new bride indicating she is currently interwoven into all the doings of the clan.
The presentation of the family sword - The martial roots of the Celtic peoples focused on the defense of fireplace and residence. This event is the recognition of the male members of the new bride's family that they as well currently have a new connection and a new brother in arms.
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