Scottish – Irish – Celtic
Celebrations recognizing Celtic origins and also traditions have long been preferred. From the stirring cry of the bag pipe to the outfit of formal tartan and kilt, weddings based upon aspects of Celtic tradition can give long lasting memories. Aspects of these wedding events can include part or all of the following:
Anam Cara - Essentially, the Hearts Partner, this practice is a special event celebrating the production of a timeless love forever more. This celebration of the elements; to the Celts the 4 elements Earth, Fire, Water and Air were the foundations on which an effective partnership were developed.
This tradition was adjusted as Christianity relocated into the Celtic lands and also continues to be a fantastic means to include family and friends in your event.
Handfasting - An event going back to antiquity, Handfasting is a tradition of marriage before the accessibility of rings and also precious metals. The couple would take an item of fabric or rope and before their friends and families, declare their love and purpose by stating a few words and binding themselves together symbolically with the cordage. It is from this tradition we still refer to marriage as "tying the knot".
Oathing Stone -- What better area to put the assurances of a lifetime and eternity than in the heart of a stone? The oathing stone is held by the groom and bride while their promises are recited, then in some practices is thrown into a deep body of water to hold those assurances for evermore. Today that stone could be maintained as a remembrance of this wedding.
The Quaich - Originally crafted from timber the double handled Quaich was a Scotsman's canteen, mess kit and drinking vessel rolled right into one. King James of Scotland provided his betrothed Anne of Denmark a Quaich as a symbol of his love for her throughout the marriage, from that point on the Quaich has been called the "loving cup". This stunning event shares the true blessings of Kith and Kin to the couple.
Pinning of the Tartan
Pinning of the Tartan - A bride is formally approved into the groom's family through this ceremony. Usually the oldest female member of the bridegroom's family offers a piece of the household 's Tartan to the bride symbolizing she is now linked into all the doings of the clan.
The presentation of the family sword - The martial roots of the Celtic peoples revolved around the defense of hearth and house. This ceremony is the recognition of the male members of the bride's family that they too now have a new partnership and a brand-new brother in arms.
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