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Events recognizing Celtic roots and also customs have actually long been prominent. From the stirring cry of the bag pipe to the gown of formal tartan and kilt, weddings based on facets of Celtic practice can provide long lasting memories. Elements of these wedding celebrations can include part or all of the following:

Anam Cara - Literally, the Hearts other Half, this practice is a special event commemorating the development of a classic love now and forever more. This event of the components; to the Celts the 4 elements Earth, Fire, Water and Air were the structures on which an effective connection were developed.

Anam Cara

This tradition was adapted as Christianity relocated into the Celtic lands as well as continues to be a fantastic means to include friends and family in your event.


Handfasting - A ceremony dating back to antiquity, Handfasting is a tradition of marriage prior to the availability of rings and also rare-earth elements. The couple would take an item of cloth or rope and before their friends and families, state their love and intent by reciting a few words as well as binding themselves with each other symbolically with the rope. It is from this custom we still refer to marriage as "tying the knot".

Oathing Stone -- Just what better area to place the promises 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 stated, then in some practices is thrown right into a deep body of water to hold those guarantees for evermore. Today that stone could be maintained as a remembrance of this big day.

Oathing Stone

The Quaich - Originally crafted from wood the double handled Quaich was a Scotsman's canteen, mess kit and drinking cup rolled right into one. King James of Scotland offered his betrothed Anne of Denmark a Quaich as a sign of his love for her throughout the marriage, from that point on the Quaich has actually been know as the "loving cup". This beautiful event conveys the true blessings of Kith and also Kin to the couple.

The Quaich

Pinning of the Tartan

Pinning of the Tartan - A bride is formally settled for into the groom's family with this event. Generally the oldest woman member of the bridegroom's family gives a piece of the household 's Tartan to the new bride symbolizing she is now interwoven into all the doings of the clan.

The presentation of the family sword - The martial origins of the Celtic peoples focused on the defense of hearth and home. This ceremony is the acknowledgement of the male members of the bride-to-be's household that they too currently have a new relationship and also a new brother in arms.

Family Arms

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