Scottish – Irish – Celtic

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Celebrations honoring Celtic origins and traditions have long been prominent. From the stirring cry of the bag pipe to the gown of official tartan and kilt, wedding celebrations based upon facets of Celtic tradition can provide long lasting memories. Elements of these wedding events can include part or all the following:

Anam Cara - Essentially, the Hearts Partner, this tradition is a distinct event commemorating the production of a classic love forever more. This celebration of the aspects; to the Celts the 4 aspects Earth, Fire, Water and Air were the foundations on which an effective relationship were constructed.

Anam Cara

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


Handfasting - A ceremony dating back right to antiquity, Handfasting is a tradition of marriage prior to the availability of rings as well as precious metals. The couple would take a piece of cloth or rope and before their families and friends, proclaim their love and intent by reciting a few words and binding themselves with each other symbolically with the cordage. It is from this practice we still describe marriage as "tying the knot".

Oathing Stone -- Exactly what better place to place the assurances of a lifetime and also eternity than in the heart of a stone? The oathing stone is held by the bride and groom while their promises are recited, then in some customs is thrown into a deep body of water to hold those pledges for evermore. Today that stone may be maintained as a remembrance of this big day.

Oathing Stone

The Quaich - Initially 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 sign of his love for her during the marriage, from that point on the Quaich has been referred to as the "loving cup". This attractive ceremony communicates the true blessings of Kith as well as Kin to the couple.

The Quaich

Pinning of the Tartan

Pinning of the Tartan - A bride is formally accepted into the bridegroom's family with this ceremony. Usually the oldest female participant of the groom's family provides a piece of the family member 's Tartan to the bride-to-be symbolizing she is now linked into all the behaviors of the clan.

The presentation of the family sword - The martial roots of the Celtic peoples revolved around the defense of fireplace as well as home. This event is the acknowledgement of the male members of the bride-to-be's family that they too currently have a brand-new partnership and also a new brother in arms.

Family Arms

At Life's Moments weddings we can provide comprehensive support on Celtic/Scottish/Irish ceremonies, from building of the event to the final blessing in Gaelic we can assist you create the day of your dreams ...

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