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Events recognizing Celtic origins as well as practices have actually long been prominent. From the stirring cry of the bag pipe to the gown of formal tartan and kilt, wedding celebrations based on elements of Celtic custom can offer lasting memories. Facets of these wedding celebrations can include part or all of the following:

Anam Cara - Essentially, the Hearts other Half, this practice is a special ceremony celebrating the creation of a timeless love forever more. This event of the aspects; to the Celts the four aspects Earth, Fire, Water and Air were the structures on which an effective relationship were constructed.

Anam Cara

This custom was adapted as Christianity moved into the Celtic lands and also remains to be a remarkable means to include friends and family in your ceremony.

Handfasting

Handfasting - An event going back right to classical times, Handfasting is a practice of marriage before the accessibility of rings and precious metals. The couple would take a piece of fabric or rope and before their families and friends, state their love and purpose by reciting a couple of words and also binding themselves with each other symbolically with the rope. It is from this tradition we still refer to marriage as "tying the knot".

Oathing Stone -- Just what better location to place the promises of a lifetime and also eternity than in the heart of a stone? The oathing stone is held by the groom and bride while their pledges are stated, after that in some customs is thrown into a deep body of water to hold those pledges 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 drinking cup rolled into one. King James of Scotland offered his betrothed Anne of Denmark a Quaich as a sign of his love for her during the marriage ceremony, From that point on the Quaich has actually been know as the "loving cup". This gorgeous event shares the true blessings of Kith as well as 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 ceremony. Generally the oldest female participant of the bridegroom's family offers a swatch of the household 's Tartan to the bride-to-be representing she is now interwoven into all the doings of the clan.

The presentation of the family sword - The martial origins of the Celtic individuals revolved around the protection of hearth and also house. This event is the acknowledgement of the male members of the new bride's household that they as well now have a brand-new connection as well as a new brother in arms.

Family Arms

At Life's Moments weddings we can provide extensive support on Celtic/Scottish/Irish events, from building and construction of the ceremony to the final true blessing in Gaelic we can help you develop the day of your dreams ...


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