Scottish – Irish – Celtic
Celebrations recognizing Celtic roots and practices have long been popular. From the stirring cry of the bag pipe to the outfit of official tartan and kilt, wedding events based upon facets of Celtic custom can give long lasting memories. Elements of these wedding celebrations could consist of part or all the following:
Anam Cara - Literally, the Hearts Partner, this custom is a distinct event commemorating the creation of a timeless love now and forever more. This event of the aspects; to the Celts the 4 components Earth, Fire, Water and Air were the foundations on which a successful connection were developed.
This tradition was adapted as Christianity moved into the Celtic lands and remains to be a remarkable means to include friends and family in your event.
Handfasting - A ceremony dating back to antiquity, Handfasting is a tradition of marriage before the availability of rings as well as precious metals. The couple would take an item of cloth or rope and before their families and friends, state their love and intent by stating a couple of words and also binding themselves together symbolically with the cordage. It is from this custom we still describe marriage as "tying the knot".
Oathing Stone -- Just what better area to place the guarantees 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 vows are recited, then in some traditions is tossed into a deep body of water to hold those promises for evermore. Today that stone could be kept as a remembrance of this special day.
The Quaich - Initially crafted from timber the twin handled Quaich was a Scotsman's canteen, mess kit as well as drinking vessel rolled 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 attractive ceremony communicates the true 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 via this event. Typically the oldest woman participant of the bridegroom's family offers a piece of the family member 's Tartan to the bride indicating she is now 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 fireplace as well as residence. 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 wedding events we can give detailed support on Celtic/Scottish/Irish ceremonies, from building and construction of the ceremony to the final true blessing in Gaelic we can help you create the day of your desires ...
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