Scottish – Irish – Celtic

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Events honoring Celtic origins as well as traditions have actually long been preferred. From the stirring cry of the bag pipe to the dress of formal tartan and kilt, wedding events based upon elements of Celtic custom can offer enduring memories. Aspects of these wedding celebrations can include part or all of the following:

Anam Cara - Literally, the Hearts Partner, this practice is a special ceremony celebrating the development of a timeless love now and forever more. This celebration of the components; to the Celts the 4 components Earth, Fire, Water and Air were the foundations on which a successful connection were built.

Anam Cara

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


Handfasting - A ceremony dating back right to antiquity, Handfasting is a custom of marriage prior to the availability of rings and rare-earth elements. The couple would take a piece of cloth or rope and before their friends and families, state their love and intent by stating a couple of words and also binding themselves with each other symbolically with the cordage. It is from this tradition we still refer to marriage as "tying the knot".

Oathing Stone -- Exactly what better location to place the assurances of a lifetime as well as eternity than in the heart of a stone? The oathing stone is held by the couple while their promises are stated, then in some practices is tossed into a deep body of water to hold those promises 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 as well as drinking mug 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 wedding, from that point on the Quaich has been called the "loving cup". This attractive ceremony conveys the blessings of Kith as well as Kin to the couple.

The Quaich

Pinning of the Tartan

Pinning of the Tartan - A bride is formally approved into the bridegroom's family with this event. Typically the oldest female participant of the groom's family provides a piece of the family member 's Tartan to the new bride signifying she is currently linked 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 residence. This ceremony is the acknowledgement of the male participants of the bride-to-be's family that they too now have a brand-new partnership and also a brand-new brother in arms.

Family Arms

At Life's Moments wedding celebrations we can give detailed guidance on Celtic/Scottish/Irish events, from building and construction of the event to the final blessing in Gaelic we can help you develop the day of your dreams ...

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