Scottish – Irish – Celtic

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Celebrations recognizing Celtic roots and traditions have actually long been prominent. From the stirring cry of the bag pipe to the dress of formal tartan and kilt, wedding events based upon facets of Celtic practice can give lasting memories. Facets of these wedding celebrations could include part or all the following:

Anam Cara - Essentially, the Hearts Partner, this tradition is a one-of-a-kind event celebrating the development of a timeless love now and forever more. This celebration of the elements; to the Celts the four aspects Earth, Fire, Water and Air were the foundations on which an effective relationship were built.

Anam Cara

This custom was adjusted as Christianity relocated into the Celtic lands as well as continues to be a fantastic way to include friends and family in your event.


Handfasting - An event going back to classical times, Handfasting is a tradition of marriage prior to the availability of rings as well as precious metals. The couple would take a piece of cloth or rope and before their friends and families, proclaim their love and purpose by stating a few words as well as binding themselves with each other symbolically with the cordage. It is from this practice we still refer to marriage as "tying the knot".

Oathing Stone -- Exactly what better place to put the assurances of a lifetime and also eternity than in the heart of a stone? The oathing stone is held by the bride and groom while their pledges are recited, then in some customs is thrown 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 - Originally crafted from wood the twin handled Quaich was a Scotsman's canteen, mess kit and drinking vessel rolled into one. King James of Scotland gave his betrothed Anne of Denmark a Quaich as a sign of his love for her throughout the wedding, from that point on the Quaich has actually been know as the "loving cup". This attractive event communicates the blessings of Kith as well as 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 with this ceremony. Typically the oldest female member of the bridegroom's family gives a piece of the household 's Tartan to the bride symbolizing she is currently linked right into all the doings of the clan.

The presentation of the family sword - The martial origins of the Celtic peoples revolved around the protection of fireplace and residence. This event is the recognition of the male members of the bride-to-be's household that they too currently have a new relationship as well as a brand-new sibling in arms.

Family Arms

At Life's Moments weddings we can supply detailed guidance on Celtic/Scottish/Irish ceremonies, from building and construction of the event to the final true blessing in Gaelic we can assist you develop the day of your desires ...

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