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Events honoring Celtic roots and customs have long been prominent. From the stirring cry of the bag pipe to the gown of official tartan and kilt, weddings based upon aspects of Celtic custom can give long lasting memories. Elements of these weddings could consist of part or all the following:

Anam Cara - Essentially, the Hearts Partner, this practice is a distinct ceremony celebrating the creation of a classic love now and forever more. This celebration of the components; to the Celts the 4 components Earth, Fire, Water and Air were the structures on which a successful connection were built.

Anam Cara

This tradition was adjusted as Christianity moved into the Celtic lands and remains to be a remarkable means to include loved ones in your ceremony.


Handfasting - An event dating back to antiquity, Handfasting is a tradition of marriage prior to the accessibility of rings and precious metals. The couple would take an item of fabric or rope and before their families and friends, proclaim their love and intent by stating a couple of words as well as 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 location to put the pledges of a lifetime and eternity than in the heart of a stone? The oathing stone is held by the couple while their vows are stated, then in some traditions is tossed right into a deep body of water to hold those guarantees for evermore. Today that stone might be maintained 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 as well as drinking mug rolled right into one. King James of Scotland gave 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 been called the "loving cup". This beautiful event communicates the 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 with this ceremony. Typically the oldest female participant of the groom's family gives a piece of the household 's Tartan to the new bride representing she is now linked right into all the behaviors of the clan.

The presentation of the family sword - The martial roots of the Celtic individuals focused on the protection of hearth and residence. This event is the acknowledgement of the male members of the bride's family members that they also currently have a new partnership and a brand-new brother in arms.

Family Arms

At Life's Moments weddings we can give comprehensive support on Celtic/Scottish/Irish events, from building of the ceremony to the final blessing in Gaelic we can help you develop the day of your desires ...

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