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Celebrations honoring Celtic roots and practices have long been preferred. From the stirring cry of the bag pipe to the dress of formal tartan and kilt, wedding events based upon aspects of Celtic custom can offer long lasting memories. Elements of these weddings could consist of part or all the following:

Anam Cara - Literally, the Hearts Partner, this custom is a distinct ceremony celebrating the development of a timeless love now and forever more. This celebration of the aspects; to the Celts the four elements Earth, Fire, Water and Air were the foundations on which a successful connection were developed.

Anam Cara

This tradition was adapted as Christianity moved right into the Celtic lands and also remains to be a terrific means to include friends and family in your event.

Handfasting

Handfasting - An event dating back to classical times, Handfasting is a practice of marriage before the availability of rings and rare-earth elements. The couple would take an item of fabric or rope and before their friends and families, declare their love and intent by stating a couple of words and also binding themselves with each other symbolically with the cordage. It is from this custom we still describe marriage as "tying the knot".

Oathing Stone -- Just what better area to put the promises of a lifetime and eternity than in the heart of a stone? The oathing stone is held by the bride and groom while their vows are recited, after that in some customs is thrown right into a deep body of water to hold those promises for evermore. Today that stone may be kept as a remembrance of this wedding.

Oathing Stone

The Quaich - Originally crafted from timber the double handled Quaich was a Scotsman's canteen, mess kit as well as drinking cup 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 ceremony, From that point on the Quaich has been called the "loving cup". This gorgeous event communicates the blessings of Kith and also Kin to the couple.

The Quaich

Pinning of the Tartan

Pinning of the Tartan - A bride-to-be is formally accepted into the groom's family via this ceremony. Usually the oldest female member of the groom's family offers a swatch of the family member 's Tartan to the bride representing she is currently linked right into all the behaviors of the clan.

The presentation of the family sword - The martial origins of the Celtic individuals revolved around the protection of fireplace and residence. This ceremony is the recognition of the male members of the bride-to-be's family members that they too now have a brand-new relationship as well as a brand-new sibling in arms.

Family Arms

At Life's Moments wedding events we can offer comprehensive support on Celtic/Scottish/Irish ceremonies, from construction of the ceremony to the last blessing in Gaelic we can help you produce the day of your desires ...


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