Scottish – Irish – Celtic

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Celebrations honoring Celtic origins and customs have actually long been popular. From the stirring cry of the bag pipe to the dress of formal tartan and kilt, wedding events based on aspects of Celtic custom can supply 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 special ceremony celebrating the creation of an ageless love forever more. This event of the elements; to the Celts the 4 aspects Earth, Fire, Water and Air were the foundations on which a successful relationship were built.

Anam Cara

This practice was adapted as Christianity moved right into the Celtic lands as well as continues to be a terrific way to include family and friends in your ceremony.


Handfasting - An event going back right to classical times, Handfasting is a practice of marriage prior to the accessibility of rings and also precious metals. The couple would take a piece 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 with each other symbolically with the rope. It is from this custom we still describe marriage as "tying the knot".

Oathing Stone -- What better place to place the pledges of a life time as well as eternity than in the heart of a stone? The oathing stone is held by the couple while their promises are stated, after that in some customs is thrown into a deep body of water to hold those pledges for evermore. Today that stone could be maintained as a remembrance of this big day.

Oathing Stone

The Quaich - Initially crafted from wood the double handled Quaich was a Scotsman's canteen, mess kit and also drinking mug rolled into one. King James of Scotland provided his betrothed Anne of Denmark a Quaich as a sign of his love for her during the wedding, from that point on the Quaich has actually been called the "loving cup". This lovely ceremony communicates the blessings of Kith and also Kin to the couple.

The Quaich

Pinning of the Tartan

Pinning of the Tartan - A bride-to-be is officially approved into the groom's family through this ceremony. Usually the oldest female participant of the groom's family gives a piece of the family member 's Tartan to the new bride symbolizing she is currently interwoven into all the behaviors of the clan.

The presentation of the family sword - The martial roots of the Celtic individuals focused on the defense of hearth and residence. This ceremony is the recognition of the male participants of the bride-to-be's family members that they also currently have a brand-new connection and a brand-new brother in arms.

Family Arms

At Life's Moments weddings we can offer detailed assistance on Celtic/Scottish/Irish ceremonies, from building of the event to the final true blessing in Gaelic we can help you develop the day of your dreams ...

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