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Events recognizing Celtic roots as well as customs have long been prominent. From the stirring cry of the bag pipe to the dress of official tartan and kilt, wedding celebrations based on elements of Celtic practice can offer long lasting memories. Aspects of these wedding celebrations can consist of part or every one of the following:

Anam Cara - Actually, the Hearts other Half, this practice is a special event commemorating the production of a timeless love now and forever more. This event of the elements; to the Celts the four elements Earth, Fire, Water and Air were the foundations on which a successful relationship were built.

Anam Cara

This custom was adjusted as Christianity moved into the Celtic lands as well as continues to be a remarkable means to include loved ones in your event.


Handfasting - An event going back right to antiquity, Handfasting is a tradition of marriage before the accessibility of rings and rare-earth elements. The couple would take a piece of cloth or rope and before their friends and families, proclaim their love and intention by stating a few words and binding themselves with each other symbolically with the cordage. It is from this tradition we still describe marriage as "tying the knot".

Oathing Stone -- Just what better place to place the assurances of a life time as well as eternity than in the heart of a stone? The oathing stone is held by the couple while their pledges are recited, then in some traditions is thrown into a deep body of water to hold those promises for evermore. Today that stone may be kept 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 and drinking mug rolled right into one. King James of Scotland offered his betrothed Anne of Denmark a Quaich as a sign of his love for her throughout the marriage ceremony, from that point on the Quaich has actually been know as the "loving cup". This stunning event communicates the true blessings of Kith and Kin to the couple.

The Quaich

Pinning of the Tartan

Pinning of the Tartan - A new bride is formally approved into the bridegroom's family through this ceremony. Generally the oldest woman participant of the groom's family provides a swatch of the family member 's Tartan to the bride-to-be signifying she is now linked right into all the doings of the clan.

The presentation of the family sword - The martial roots of the Celtic peoples focused on the protection of fireplace and also home. This event is the recognition of the male participants of the bride-to-be's household that they also now have a brand-new connection and also a new brother in arms.

Family Arms

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

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