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Celebrations honoring Celtic origins and also customs have actually long been popular. From the stirring cry of the bag pipe to the dress of formal tartan and kilt, weddings based on facets of Celtic practice can offer lasting memories. Aspects of these wedding events can consist of part or all of the following:

Anam Cara - Literally, the Hearts other Half, this practice is a unique ceremony commemorating the production of a timeless love now and forever more. This celebration of the elements; to the Celts the 4 aspects Earth, Fire, Water and Air were the foundations on which a successful connection were constructed.

Anam Cara

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


Handfasting - An event dating back right 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 fabric or rope and before their friends and families, proclaim their love and intention by stating a few words and also binding themselves together symbolically with the cordage. It is from this tradition we still describe marriage as "tying the knot".

Oathing Stone -- Just what better location to put the promises of a lifetime as well as eternity than in the heart of a stone? The oathing stone is held by the groom and bride while their vows are recited, after that in some customs is tossed right into a deep body of water to hold those promises for evermore. Today that stone might be kept as a remembrance of this wedding.

Oathing Stone

The Quaich - Originally crafted from wood the twin handled Quaich was a Scotsman's canteen, mess kit and drinking cup rolled right into one. King James of Scotland gave his betrothed Anne of Denmark a Quaich as a sign of his love for her during the marriage ceremony, from that point on the Quaich has actually been called the "loving cup". This lovely event conveys the blessings of Kith and Kin to the couple.

The Quaich

Pinning of the Tartan

Pinning of the Tartan - A bride is officially approved right into the bridegroom's family via this event. Normally the oldest woman member of the bridegroom's family provides a swatch of the household 's Tartan to the new bride symbolizing she is now interwoven into all the behaviors of the clan.

The presentation of the family sword - The martial roots of the Celtic individuals revolved around the defense of hearth and also residence. This ceremony is the recognition of the male participants of the bride's household that they as well now have a new partnership and also a brand-new sibling in arms.

Family Arms

At Life's Moments weddings we can supply extensive assistance on Celtic/Scottish/Irish events, from building and construction of the ceremony to the last true blessing in Gaelic we can assist you develop the day of your dreams ...

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