Scottish – Irish – Celtic
Events recognizing Celtic origins and practices have actually long been preferred. From the stirring cry of the bag pipe to the dress of formal tartan and kilt, wedding celebrations based on elements of Celtic practice can give lasting memories. Elements of these wedding celebrations could include part or all the following:
Anam Cara - Literally, the Hearts other Half, this tradition is a special ceremony celebrating the production of a timeless love forever more. This event of the aspects; to the Celts the 4 components Earth, Fire, Water and Air were the structures on which an effective partnership were built.
This tradition was adjusted as Christianity moved into the Celtic lands and continues to be a wonderful way to include family and friends in your event.
Handfasting - An event going back to antiquity, Handfasting is a tradition of marriage prior to the availability of rings and precious metals. The couple would take a piece of fabric or rope and before their families and friends, proclaim their love and purpose by reciting a few words and also 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 place to place the guarantees of a life time and eternity than in the heart of a stone? The oathing stone is held by the couple while their vows are stated, then in some customs is thrown into a deep body of water to hold those pledges for evermore. Today that stone could be kept as a remembrance of this wedding.
The Quaich - Originally crafted from timber the double handled Quaich was a Scotsman's canteen, mess kit and also drinking mug rolled into one. King James of Scotland gave 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 been referred to as the "loving cup". This lovely event conveys the true blessings of Kith and Kin to the couple.
Pinning of the Tartan
Pinning of the Tartan - A bride is formally settled for right into the bridegroom's family via this ceremony. Normally the oldest woman participant of the groom's family gives a swatch of the household 's Tartan to the bride symbolizing she is now interwoven 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 home. This event is the acknowledgement of the male participants of the bride-to-be's family members that they as well currently have a new relationship and also a new sibling in arms.
At Life's Moments weddings we can offer extensive assistance on Celtic/Scottish/Irish events, from construction of the ceremony to the final blessing in Gaelic we can assist you create the day of your dreams ...
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