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Celebrations honoring Celtic origins and practices have actually long been preferred. From the stirring cry of the bag pipe to the gown of official tartan and kilt, wedding events based upon aspects of Celtic custom can give enduring memories. Facets of these wedding celebrations can include part or all of the following:

Anam Cara - Essentially, the Hearts Partner, this tradition is a special event celebrating the production of a timeless love forever more. This celebration of the components; to the Celts the 4 elements Earth, Fire, Water and Air were the structures on which a successful partnership were built.

Anam Cara

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


Handfasting - An event going back right to antiquity, Handfasting is a tradition of marriage before the availability of rings as well as precious metals. The couple would take a piece of fabric or rope and before their families and friends, state their love and intent by reciting a few words and binding themselves together symbolically with the rope. It is from this practice we still describe marriage as "tying the knot".

Oathing Stone -- Exactly what better place to put the promises of a lifetime and also eternity than in the heart of a stone? The oathing stone is held by the groom and bride while their pledges are recited, after that in some practices is tossed into a deep body of water to hold those promises for evermore. Today that stone might be kept as a remembrance of this special day.

Oathing Stone

The Quaich - Initially crafted from timber the twin handled Quaich was a Scotsman's canteen, mess kit as well as drinking vessel rolled right into one. King James of Scotland provided 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 referred to as the "loving cup". This lovely ceremony conveys the true blessings of Kith and also Kin to the couple.

The Quaich

Pinning of the Tartan

Pinning of the Tartan - A new bride is formally settled for into the bridegroom's family with this event. Generally the oldest woman member of the bridegroom's family provides a piece of the household 's Tartan to the bride-to-be indicating she is currently interwoven right into all the doings of the clan.

The presentation of the family sword - The martial origins of the Celtic peoples revolved around the defense of fireplace as well as residence. This ceremony is the acknowledgement of the male participants of the bride's family members that they also currently have a new relationship and a brand-new sibling in arms.

Family Arms

At Life's Moments weddings we can give thorough guidance on Celtic/Scottish/Irish ceremonies, from building of the event to the last true blessing in Gaelic we can help you create the day of your dreams ...

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