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Celebrations honoring Celtic roots as well as practices have long been prominent. From the stirring cry of the bag pipe to the dress of formal tartan and kilt, wedding events based on aspects of Celtic tradition can give lasting memories. Aspects of these weddings can consist of part or all of the following:

Anam Cara - Literally, the Hearts Partner, this practice is a one-of-a-kind ceremony commemorating the development of a timeless love forever more. This event of the elements; to the Celts the 4 aspects Earth, Fire, Water and Air were the structures on which a successful relationship were built.

Anam Cara

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


Handfasting - A ceremony dating back right to classical times, Handfasting is a tradition of marriage prior to the accessibility 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 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 -- Exactly what better place to put the promises 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 pledges are stated, then in some practices is thrown right into a deep body of water to hold those promises for evermore. Today that stone might be maintained as a remembrance of this special day.

Oathing Stone

The Quaich - Originally crafted from wood the twin handled Quaich was a Scotsman's canteen, mess kit as well as 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, from that point on the Quaich has actually been referred to as the "loving cup". This beautiful event shares the blessings of Kith and Kin to the couple.

The Quaich

Pinning of the Tartan

Pinning of the Tartan - A bride-to-be is formally approved into the groom's family through this ceremony. Generally the oldest woman member of the bridegroom's family offers a swatch of the household 's Tartan to the bride signifying 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 as well as home. This event is the acknowledgement of the male participants of the new bride's household that they too now have a new relationship as well as a new sibling in arms.

Family Arms

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