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Events recognizing Celtic roots and practices have long been popular. From the stirring cry of the bag pipe to the dress of formal tartan and kilt, weddings based on facets of Celtic practice can give long-term memories. Elements of these wedding celebrations can include part or all of the following:

Anam Cara - Actually, the Hearts other Half, this practice is an one-of-a-kind event celebrating the development of an ageless love forever more. This event of the components; to the Celts the 4 aspects Earth, Fire, Water and Air were the foundations on which an effective relationship were developed.

Anam Cara

This practice was adapted as Christianity moved into the Celtic lands as well as remains to be a wonderful way to include family and friends in your ceremony.

Handfasting

Handfasting - A ceremony dating back to classical times, Handfasting is a custom of marriage prior to the accessibility 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 intent by reciting a couple of words and also binding themselves with each other symbolically with the rope. It is from this custom we still refer to marriage as "tying the knot".

Oathing Stone -- Exactly what better location to place the assurances of a life time and eternity than in the heart of a stone? The oathing stone is held by the groom and bride while their promises are stated, after that in some practices is thrown right into a deep body of water to hold those pledges for evermore. Today that stone could be kept as a remembrance of this wedding.

Oathing Stone

The Quaich - Initially crafted from timber the double handled Quaich was a Scotsman's canteen, mess kit and drinking vessel rolled into one. King James of Scotland offered his betrothed Anne of Denmark a Quaich as a sign of his love for her throughout the marriage ceremony, From that point on the Quaich has been called the "loving cup". This beautiful ceremony conveys the true blessings of Kith and Kin to the couple.

The Quaich

Pinning of the Tartan

Pinning of the Tartan - A bride-to-be is formally settled for into the bridegroom's family with this event. Typically the oldest woman member of the groom's family gives a swatch of the household 's Tartan to the bride signifying she is now interwoven right into all the behaviors of the clan.

The presentation of the family sword - The martial origins of the Celtic individuals focused on the protection of fireplace and residence. This ceremony is the acknowledgement of the male participants of the bride-to-be's family members that they too currently have a new connection and also a new brother in arms.

Family Arms

At Life's Moments wedding events we can provide comprehensive assistance on Celtic/Scottish/Irish ceremonies, from building of the event to the final true blessing in Gaelic we can assist you develop the day of your desires ...


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