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Celebrations recognizing Celtic roots as well as practices have long been popular. From the stirring cry of the bag pipe to the gown of official tartan and kilt, wedding events based upon elements of Celtic practice can offer long lasting memories. Facets of these wedding celebrations could consist of part or all of the following:

Anam Cara - Actually, the Hearts other Half, this tradition is a unique event celebrating the production of a classic love now and forever more. This celebration of the components; to the Celts the four components Earth, Fire, Water and Air were the structures on which an effective connection were built.

Anam Cara

This custom was adapted as Christianity moved right into the Celtic lands and also continues to be a wonderful way to include loved ones in your event.


Handfasting - A ceremony going 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 fabric or rope and before their families and friends, declare their love and intent by stating a few words as well as binding themselves with each other symbolically with the cordage. It is from this tradition we still refer to marriage as "tying the knot".

Oathing Stone -- What better place to put the guarantees of a life time and eternity than in the heart of a stone? The oathing stone is held by the groom and bride while their vows are recited, then in some practices is tossed right into a deep body of water to hold those pledges for evermore. Today that stone may be maintained as a remembrance of this wedding.

Oathing Stone

The Quaich - Initially crafted from wood the double handled Quaich was a Scotsman's canteen, mess kit as well as drinking cup rolled into one. King James of Scotland gave his betrothed Anne of Denmark a Quaich as a symbol of his love for her throughout the marriage ceremony, from that point on the Quaich has been know as the "loving cup". This lovely ceremony communicates the blessings of Kith and Kin to the couple.

The Quaich

Pinning of the Tartan

Pinning of the Tartan - A new bride is officially accepted into the bridegroom's family via this ceremony. Typically the oldest woman participant of the groom's family provides a swatch of the household 's Tartan to the bride symbolizing she is currently interwoven right into all the behaviors of the clan.

The presentation of the family sword - The martial roots of the Celtic peoples revolved around the protection of fireplace as well as residence. This ceremony is the recognition of the male members of the new bride's household that they also currently have a new connection and a new brother in arms.

Family Arms

At Life's Moments wedding events we can offer detailed support on Celtic/Scottish/Irish events, from building and construction of the event to the final blessing in Gaelic we can assist you develop the day of your dreams ...

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