Scottish – Irish – Celtic
Celebrations honoring Celtic roots as well as traditions have long been preferred. From the stirring cry of the bag pipe to the gown of formal tartan and kilt, wedding events based upon facets of Celtic tradition can give long lasting memories. Elements of these weddings can include part or all of the following:
Anam Cara - Literally, the Hearts other Half, this tradition is a unique event celebrating the production of a classic love now and forever more. This celebration of the aspects; to the Celts the 4 aspects Earth, Fire, Water and Air were the structures on which a successful partnership were developed.
This practice was adapted as Christianity moved right into the Celtic lands as well as continues to be a terrific means to include friends and family in your event.
Handfasting - A ceremony going back right to antiquity, Handfasting is a practice 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 families and friends, state their love and intention by stating a few words and also binding themselves with each other symbolically with the cordage. It is from this tradition we still describe marriage as "tying the knot".
Oathing Stone -- Just what better area to place the assurances of a lifetime as well as eternity than in the heart of a stone? The oathing stone is held by the groom and bride while their vows are recited, then in some customs is tossed into a deep body of water to hold those pledges for evermore. Today that stone may be kept as a remembrance of this big day.
The Quaich - Originally crafted from timber the twin handled Quaich was a Scotsman's canteen, mess kit as well as drinking cup rolled right into one. King James of Scotland gave his betrothed Anne of Denmark a Quaich as a symbol of his love for her during the marriage ceremony, from that point on the Quaich has actually been called the "loving cup". This stunning event communicates the blessings of Kith and Kin to the couple.
Pinning of the Tartan
Pinning of the Tartan - A bride-to-be is formally accepted into the groom's family with this event. Generally the oldest female participant of the bridegroom's family gives a swatch of the household 's Tartan to the bride representing she is currently interwoven right into all the behaviors of the clan.
The presentation of the family sword - The martial origins of the Celtic individuals revolved around the defense of hearth and home. This event is the acknowledgement of the male members of the new bride's household that they too now have a brand-new relationship and a new brother in arms.
At Life's Moments weddings we can supply detailed guidance on Celtic/Scottish/Irish ceremonies, from building and 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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