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Events honoring Celtic origins as well as traditions have long been popular. From the stirring cry of the bag pipe to the outfit of official tartan and kilt, weddings based upon facets of Celtic tradition can offer long lasting memories. Aspects of these weddings can include part or all the following:

Anam Cara - Essentially, the Hearts Partner, this tradition is a distinct ceremony commemorating the creation of a timeless love forever more. This celebration of the aspects; to the Celts the 4 elements Earth, Fire, Water and Air were the structures on which a successful partnership were built.

Anam Cara

This tradition was adjusted as Christianity relocated into the Celtic lands and also continues to be a terrific means to include friends and family in your ceremony.


Handfasting - An event going back to antiquity, Handfasting is a practice of marriage before the availability of rings and also precious metals. The couple would take a piece of cloth or rope and before their friends and families, proclaim their love and intention by stating a couple of words and also binding themselves together symbolically with the rope. It is from this custom we still describe marriage as "tying the knot".

Oathing Stone -- Exactly what better area to put the guarantees of a life time as well as eternity than in the heart of a stone? The oathing stone is held by the couple while their pledges are recited, then in some practices is thrown into a deep body of water to hold those promises 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 also drinking mug rolled into one. King James of Scotland offered his betrothed Anne of Denmark a Quaich as a symbol of his love for her throughout the marriage ceremony, from that point on the Quaich has actually been referred to as the "loving cup". This attractive ceremony conveys the true blessings of Kith and Kin to the couple.

The Quaich

Pinning of the Tartan

Pinning of the Tartan - A bride-to-be is officially approved into the groom's family through this ceremony. Typically the oldest female participant of the groom's family gives a swatch of the household 's Tartan to the bride representing she is currently linked into all the doings of the clan.

The presentation of the family sword - The martial roots of the Celtic individuals revolved around the defense of hearth and also house. This ceremony is the acknowledgement of the male participants of the bride-to-be's family that they too currently have a new relationship and also a new sibling in arms.

Family Arms

At Life's Moments wedding events we can offer extensive support on Celtic/Scottish/Irish ceremonies, from construction of the event to the final blessing in Gaelic we can help you create the day of your dreams ...

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