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Celebrations recognizing Celtic roots as well as practices have long been prominent. From the stirring cry of the bag pipe to the gown of official tartan and kilt, wedding celebrations based upon aspects of Celtic practice can provide long lasting memories. Facets of these wedding events can consist of part or all of the following:

Anam Cara - Literally, the Hearts Partner, this tradition is a unique ceremony commemorating the creation of an ageless love forever more. This event of the components; to the Celts the 4 components Earth, Fire, Water and Air were the foundations on which an effective connection were built.

Anam Cara

This practice was adjusted as Christianity moved right into the Celtic lands as well as continues to be a wonderful way to include loved ones in your ceremony.


Handfasting - An event dating back to classical times, Handfasting is a custom 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, declare their love and purpose by reciting a couple of words as well as binding themselves together symbolically with the cordage. It is from this tradition we still describe marriage as "tying the knot".

Oathing Stone -- What better area to place the guarantees of a life time 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 stated, then in some traditions is thrown right into a deep body of water to hold those pledges for evermore. Today that stone may be kept as a remembrance of this special day.

Oathing Stone

The Quaich - Originally crafted from wood the double handled Quaich was a Scotsman's canteen, mess kit and also 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 wedding, from that point on the Quaich has been know as the "loving cup". This gorgeous event conveys the blessings of Kith and also Kin to the couple.

The Quaich

Pinning of the Tartan

Pinning of the Tartan - A new bride is officially settled for into the bridegroom's family through this ceremony. Normally the oldest female participant of the bridegroom's family provides a piece of the household 's Tartan to the bride indicating she is now interwoven into all the doings of the clan.

The presentation of the family sword - The martial roots of the Celtic peoples focused on the protection of hearth and also residence. This event is the recognition of the male members of the bride-to-be's family that they too now have a new partnership as well as a new brother in arms.

Family Arms

At Life's Moments wedding celebrations we can supply comprehensive guidance 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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