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Events honoring Celtic origins and customs have long been popular. From the stirring cry of the bag pipe to the outfit of formal tartan and kilt, wedding celebrations based on facets of Celtic custom can give lasting memories. Aspects of these wedding events can include part or all of the following:

Anam Cara - Literally, the Hearts Partner, this custom is a one-of-a-kind ceremony commemorating the production of a classic love forever more. This celebration of the components; to the Celts the 4 components Earth, Fire, Water and Air were the foundations on which an effective partnership were constructed.

Anam Cara

This practice was adapted as Christianity moved right into the Celtic lands and remains to be a terrific way to include friends and family in your ceremony.


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

Oathing Stone -- Just what better location to put the guarantees of a lifetime and eternity than in the heart of a stone? The oathing stone is held by the bride and groom while their promises are stated, then in some practices is thrown right into a deep body of water to hold those guarantees for evermore. Today that stone may be kept as a remembrance of this special day.

Oathing Stone

The Quaich - Initially crafted from wood the twin handled Quaich was a Scotsman's canteen, mess kit as well as drinking vessel rolled right into one. King James of Scotland gave his betrothed Anne of Denmark a Quaich as a symbol of his love for her during the marriage ceremony, from that point on the Quaich has actually been know as the "loving cup". This beautiful ceremony 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 officially accepted into the bridegroom's family through this ceremony. Generally the oldest female participant of the bridegroom's family provides a piece of the household 's Tartan to the bride representing she is now interwoven right into all the doings of the clan.

The presentation of the family sword - The martial origins of the Celtic individuals focused on the defense of hearth and also house. This event is the acknowledgement of the male members of the bride's family that they also now have a new partnership and a new sibling in arms.

Family Arms

At Life's Moments wedding events we can offer comprehensive guidance on Celtic/Scottish/Irish ceremonies, from building of the event to the final blessing in Gaelic we can assist you produce the day of your desires ...

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