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Celebrations recognizing Celtic roots and also traditions have long been preferred. From the stirring cry of the bag pipe to the gown of formal tartan and kilt, weddings based on aspects of Celtic practice can give lasting memories. Facets of these wedding events can consist of part or all the following:

Anam Cara - Essentially, the Hearts Partner, this tradition is a special event celebrating the development of an ageless love forever more. This event of the components; to the Celts the 4 elements Earth, Fire, Water and Air were the structures on which a successful relationship were developed.

Anam Cara

This custom was adapted as Christianity relocated right into the Celtic lands as well as continues to be a terrific way to include friends and family in your ceremony.

Handfasting

Handfasting - An event dating back to antiquity, Handfasting is a custom of marriage before the accessibility of rings and rare-earth elements. The couple would take a piece of cloth 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 practice we still describe marriage as "tying the knot".

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

Oathing Stone

The Quaich - Originally crafted from wood the twin handled Quaich was a Scotsman's canteen, mess kit as well as drinking mug rolled into one. King James of Scotland provided 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 gorgeous ceremony communicates the true blessings of Kith and also Kin to the couple.

The Quaich

Pinning of the Tartan

Pinning of the Tartan - A new bride is formally accepted into the groom's family via this ceremony. Typically the oldest female member of the groom's family gives a piece of the family member 's Tartan to the bride representing she is now interwoven into all the behaviors of the clan.

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

Family Arms

At Life's Moments wedding celebrations we can give detailed support on Celtic/Scottish/Irish ceremonies, from construction of the event to the last true blessing in Gaelic we can help you produce the day of your desires ...


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