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Events recognizing Celtic origins and practices have long been prominent. From the stirring cry of the bag pipe to the gown of formal tartan and kilt, wedding events based on facets of Celtic custom can supply enduring memories. Elements of these wedding celebrations could include part or all the following:

Anam Cara - Literally, the Hearts other Half, this practice is a unique ceremony commemorating the production of an ageless love forever more. This event of the elements; to the Celts the 4 elements Earth, Fire, Water and Air were the structures on which a successful partnership were built.

Anam Cara

This custom was adapted as Christianity moved into the Celtic lands and 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 custom of marriage prior to the accessibility of rings and also precious metals. The couple would take an item of fabric or rope and before their families and friends, declare their love and purpose by stating a couple of words as well as binding themselves together symbolically with the cordage. It is from this practice we still refer to marriage as "tying the knot".

Oathing Stone -- What better location to place the assurances of a life time as well as eternity than in the heart of a stone? The oathing stone is held by the bride and groom while their promises are stated, then in some practices is tossed right into a deep body of water to hold those promises for evermore. Today that stone might be maintained as a remembrance of this special day.

Oathing Stone

The Quaich - Originally crafted from wood the twin handled Quaich was a Scotsman's canteen, mess kit as well as drinking cup rolled right into one. King James of Scotland provided his betrothed Anne of Denmark a Quaich as a sign of his love for her during the wedding. From that point on the Quaich has been called the "loving cup". This stunning ceremony shares the blessings of Kith as well as Kin to the couple.

The Quaich

Pinning of the Tartan

Pinning of the Tartan - A bride is officially approved right into the bridegroom's family through this ceremony. Generally the oldest woman participant of the groom's family provides a piece of the family member 's Tartan to the bride-to-be representing she is currently linked 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 hearth and also home. This ceremony is the recognition of the male members of the bride's family that they as well now have a new partnership as well as a brand-new brother in arms.

Family Arms

At Life's Moments weddings we can provide detailed support on Celtic/Scottish/Irish events, from building and construction of the event to the last blessing in Gaelic we can assist you develop the day of your desires ...


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