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Events recognizing Celtic roots as well as practices have actually long been preferred. From the stirring cry of the bag pipe to the dress of formal tartan and kilt, weddings based upon elements of Celtic practice can offer lasting memories. Facets of these wedding celebrations can include part or every one of the following:

Anam Cara - Essentially, the Hearts other Half, this tradition is an one-of-a-kind ceremony celebrating the development of a classic love forever more. This celebration of the elements; to the Celts the 4 aspects Earth, Fire, Water and Air were the foundations on which a successful connection were constructed.

Anam Cara

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

Handfasting

Handfasting - An event dating back right to classical times, Handfasting is a custom of marriage before the accessibility of rings and rare-earth elements. The couple would take an item of cloth or rope and before their families and friends, proclaim their love and intent by stating a few words and binding themselves together symbolically with the rope. It is from this custom we still describe marriage as "tying the knot".

Oathing Stone -- What better place to put the pledges of a life time and eternity than in the heart of a stone? The oathing stone is held by the couple while their promises are recited, then in some traditions is thrown right into a deep body of water to hold those guarantees for evermore. Today that stone may be maintained as a remembrance of this wedding.

Oathing Stone

The Quaich - Originally crafted from wood the double 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 symbol of his love for her during the wedding, From that point on the Quaich has been referred to as 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 is officially accepted right into the groom's family with this ceremony. Typically the oldest female participant of the groom's family provides a piece of the family member 's Tartan to the new bride signifying she is now interwoven right into all the behaviors of the clan.

The presentation of the family sword - The martial roots of the Celtic peoples revolved around the protection of fireplace as well as house. This event is the recognition of the male members of the bride's family members that they as well currently have a new relationship and a new brother in arms.

Family Arms

At Life's Moments wedding events we can provide detailed support on Celtic/Scottish/Irish ceremonies, from construction of the event to the last blessing in Gaelic we can assist you produce the day of your dreams ...


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