Scottish – Irish – Celtic

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Celebrations honoring Celtic roots and also traditions have long been popular. From the stirring cry of the bag pipe to the gown of official tartan and kilt, wedding events based on aspects of Celtic tradition can provide enduring memories. Elements of these weddings can include part or all of the following:

Anam Cara - Essentially, the Hearts other Half, this custom is a one-of-a-kind event celebrating the development of a timeless love forever more. This event of the components; to the Celts the 4 components Earth, Fire, Water and Air were the foundations on which a successful partnership were developed.

Anam Cara

This tradition was adapted as Christianity moved into the Celtic lands and also remains to be a wonderful means to include friends and family in your ceremony.


Handfasting - An event dating back right to antiquity, Handfasting is a tradition of marriage prior to the accessibility of rings as well as precious metals. The couple would take an item of cloth or rope and before their friends and families, proclaim their love and intent by stating a couple of words and also binding themselves together symbolically with the cordage. It is from this tradition we still refer to marriage as "tying the knot".

Oathing Stone -- Exactly what better place to place the pledges of a life time and also eternity than in the heart of a stone? The oathing stone is held by the bride and groom while their pledges are stated, after that in some customs is thrown right into a deep body of water to hold those pledges for evermore. Today that stone could be kept 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 mug rolled into one. King James of Scotland provided his betrothed Anne of Denmark a Quaich as a sign of his love for her throughout the marriage, from that point on the Quaich has actually been know as the "loving cup". This attractive ceremony shares the blessings of Kith and Kin to the couple.

The Quaich

Pinning of the Tartan

Pinning of the Tartan - A bride is officially accepted right into the bridegroom's family via this ceremony. Usually the oldest woman participant of the bridegroom's family offers a piece of the household 's Tartan to the new bride representing she is now linked into all the doings of the clan.

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

Family Arms

At Life's Moments weddings we can supply comprehensive support on Celtic/Scottish/Irish events, from building and construction of the event to the last true blessing in Gaelic we can help you produce the day of your desires ...

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