Scottish – Irish – Celtic
Celebrations honoring Celtic roots and customs have long been popular. From the stirring cry of the bag pipe to the outfit of official tartan and kilt, weddings based upon aspects of Celtic tradition can offer lasting memories. Elements of these weddings can include part or all the following:
Anam Cara - Literally, the Hearts Partner, this custom is a unique event commemorating the production of a classic love now and forever more. This event of the aspects; to the Celts the 4 elements Earth, Fire, Water and Air were the structures on which a successful partnership were constructed.
This custom was adjusted as Christianity moved into the Celtic lands as well as continues to be a wonderful way to include family and friends in your ceremony.
Handfasting - A ceremony going back to antiquity, Handfasting is a tradition of marriage prior to the accessibility of rings as well as precious metals. The couple would take a piece of cloth or rope and before their friends and families, state their love and purpose by stating a few words and binding themselves with each other symbolically with the rope. It is from this practice we still refer to marriage as "tying the knot".
Oathing Stone -- Just what better place to put the assurances of a lifetime as well as eternity than in the heart of a stone? The oathing stone is held by the bride and groom while their pledges are recited, then in some traditions is thrown right into a deep body of water to hold those promises 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 as well as drinking vessel rolled right into one. King James of Scotland provided his betrothed Anne of Denmark a Quaich as a sign of his love for her throughout the marriage ceremony, from that point on the Quaich has actually been know as the "loving cup". This attractive event shares the true blessings of Kith and also Kin to the couple.
Pinning of the Tartan
Pinning of the Tartan - A bride-to-be is officially accepted into the groom's family via this event. Typically the oldest female member of the bridegroom's family offers a swatch of the household 's Tartan to the bride-to-be indicating she is currently interwoven right into all the behaviors of the clan.
The presentation of the family sword - The martial roots of the Celtic individuals revolved around the defense of fireplace as well as home. This ceremony is the recognition of the male members of the new bride's household that they too currently have a new relationship as well as a brand-new sibling in arms.
At Life's Minutes wedding celebrations we can offer detailed assistance on Celtic/Scottish/Irish ceremonies, from construction of the ceremony to the last true blessing in Gaelic we can help you produce the day of your desires ...
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