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Celebrations recognizing Celtic roots as well as customs have actually long been prominent. From the stirring cry of the bag pipe to the dress of formal tartan and kilt, weddings based on aspects of Celtic custom can supply long lasting memories. Facets of these weddings could include part or all of the following:

Anam Cara - Literally, the Hearts Partner, this tradition is a distinct ceremony celebrating the development of a classic love forever more. This celebration of the aspects; to the Celts the four aspects Earth, Fire, Water and Air were the structures on which an effective relationship were built.

Anam Cara

This tradition was adjusted as Christianity moved right into the Celtic lands as well as continues to be a remarkable means to include family and friends in your event.


Handfasting - A ceremony going back right to classical times, Handfasting is a tradition of marriage before the accessibility 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 purpose by stating a couple of words and also 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 -- Just what better area to place the assurances 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, after that in some customs is tossed into a deep body of water to hold those promises for evermore. Today that stone might be maintained as a remembrance of this special day.

Oathing Stone

The Quaich - Initially crafted from timber the double handled Quaich was a Scotsman's canteen, mess kit and drinking vessel 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 know as the "loving cup". This gorgeous event communicates the blessings of Kith and Kin to the couple.

The Quaich

Pinning of the Tartan

Pinning of the Tartan - A bride-to-be is formally accepted right into the groom's family with this event. Usually the oldest woman participant of the bridegroom's family provides a piece of the household 's Tartan to the bride symbolizing she is now linked into all the doings of the clan.

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

Family Arms

At Life's Moments weddings we can supply thorough guidance on Celtic/Scottish/Irish events, from building and construction of the ceremony to the final true blessing in Gaelic we can help you produce the day of your dreams ...

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