Celebrations honoring Celtic roots and traditions have long been popular. From the stirring cry of the bag pipe to the dress of formal tartan and kilt, weddings based on aspects of Celtic tradition can provide lasting memories. Aspects of these weddings can include part or all of the following:
Anam Cara – Literally, the Hearts other Half , this tradition is a unique ceremony celebrating the creation of a timeless love now and forever more. This celebration of the elements; to the Celts the four elements Earth, Fire, Water and Air were the foundations on which a successful relationship were built.
This tradition was adapted as Christianity moved into the Celtic lands and continues to be a wonderful way to include friends and family in your ceremony.
Handfasting – A ceremony dating back into antiquity, Handfasting is a tradition of marriage before the availability of rings and precious metals. The couple would take a piece of cloth or rope and before their families and friends, declare their love and intention by reciting 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 place to place the promises of a lifetime and 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 thrown into a deep body of water to hold those promises for evermore. Today that stone may be kept as a remembrance of this special day.
The Quaich - Originally crafted from wood the twin handled Quaich was a Scotsman’s canteen, mess kit and 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 been know as the “loving cup”. This beautiful ceremony conveys the blessings of Kith and Kin to the couple.
Pinning of the Tartan - A bride is formally accepted into the groom’s family through this ceremony. Usually the oldest female member of the groom’s family gives a swatch of the family Tartan to the bride signifying she is now interwoven 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 home. This ceremony is the acknowledgement of the male members of the bride’s family that they too now have a new relationship and a new brother in arms.
At Life’s Moments weddings we can provide comprehensive guidance on Celtic/Scottish/Irish ceremonies, from construction of the ceremony to the final blessing in Gaelic we can help you create the day of your dreams….
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