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Celebrations recognizing Celtic roots and practices have long been preferred. From the stirring cry of the bag pipe to the dress of official tartan and kilt, weddings based upon aspects of Celtic tradition can provide long-term memories. Elements of these wedding celebrations can include part or all of the following:

Anam Cara - Essentially, the Hearts Partner, this custom is a distinct event commemorating the development of a classic love forever more. This celebration of the elements; to the Celts the 4 aspects Earth, Fire, Water and Air were the structures on which a successful relationship were constructed.

Anam Cara

This practice was adapted as Christianity moved into the Celtic lands as well as remains to be a remarkable means to include friends and family in your ceremony.


Handfasting - An event going back right to antiquity, Handfasting is a tradition of marriage before the availability of rings and also rare-earth elements. The couple would take an item of fabric or rope and before their families and friends, proclaim their love and intention by stating a couple of words and binding themselves together symbolically with the rope. It is from this practice we still refer to marriage as "tying the knot".

Oathing Stone -- Exactly what better area to place the promises of a life time and eternity than in the heart of a stone? The oathing stone is held by the couple while their pledges are stated, then in some traditions is tossed into a deep body of water to hold those assurances for evermore. Today that stone could be maintained 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 mug rolled right into one. King James of Scotland provided his betrothed Anne of Denmark a Quaich as a symbol of his love for her throughout the wedding, from that point on the Quaich has actually been called the "loving cup". This gorgeous ceremony conveys the blessings of Kith as well as Kin to the couple.

The Quaich

Pinning of the Tartan

Pinning of the Tartan - A bride-to-be is officially approved right into the groom's family with this event. Usually the oldest female participant of the groom's family provides a piece of the household 's Tartan to the bride-to-be symbolizing she is currently interwoven into all the doings of the clan.

The presentation of the family sword - The martial origins of the Celtic peoples focused on the protection of fireplace as well as home. This event is the recognition of the male members of the bride-to-be's family members that they too now have a new relationship and a brand-new brother in arms.

Family Arms

At Life's Moments wedding celebrations we can provide detailed guidance on Celtic/Scottish/Irish ceremonies, from building of the event to the final true blessing in Gaelic we can help you produce the day of your desires ...

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