Scottish – Irish – Celtic
Celebrations recognizing Celtic roots and traditions have long been popular. From the stirring cry of the bag pipe to the outfit of formal tartan and kilt, wedding celebrations based on aspects of Celtic custom can give long lasting memories. Facets of these weddings can include part or all the following:
Anam Cara - Literally, the Hearts other Half, this practice is a unique event commemorating the development of an ageless love forever more. This event of the elements; to the Celts the four aspects Earth, Fire, Water and Air were the structures on which a successful partnership were built.
This custom was adapted as Christianity relocated into the Celtic lands and remains to be a wonderful way to include friends and family in your event.
Handfasting - An event dating back to classical times, Handfasting is a practice of marriage before the accessibility of rings as well as precious metals. The couple would take an item of fabric or rope and before their families and friends, proclaim their love and intention by stating a few words and also binding themselves together symbolically with the cordage. It is from this tradition we still describe marriage as "tying the knot".
Oathing Stone -- What better area to place the assurances of a lifetime and eternity than in the heart of a stone? The oathing stone is held by the groom and bride while their pledges are recited, then in some traditions is tossed 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 also 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, from that point on the Quaich has been called the "loving cup". This attractive ceremony shares the blessings of Kith and Kin to the couple.
Pinning of the Tartan
Pinning of the Tartan - A bride-to-be is formally approved into the bridegroom's family with this event. Normally the oldest woman participant of the groom's family offers a swatch of the family member 's Tartan to the new bride symbolizing she is now linked right into all the behaviors of the clan.
The presentation of the family sword - The martial roots of the Celtic peoples revolved around the defense of fireplace and home. This event is the acknowledgement of the male members of the new bride's family members that they also now have a new connection and also a new sibling in arms.
At Life's Minutes wedding events we can offer detailed support on Celtic/Scottish/Irish ceremonies, from building and construction of the event to the final true blessing in Gaelic we can help you produce the day of your desires ...
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