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Events recognizing Celtic origins as well as traditions have actually long been prominent. From the stirring cry of the bag pipe to the outfit of formal tartan and kilt, weddings based on elements of Celtic tradition can provide enduring memories. Elements of these wedding celebrations could consist of part or all the following:

Anam Cara - Literally, the Hearts Partner, this custom is a unique event commemorating the creation of a timeless love now and forever more. This celebration of the components; to the Celts the four components Earth, Fire, Water and Air were the foundations on which a successful relationship were built.

Anam Cara

This custom was adjusted as Christianity moved right into the Celtic lands and also remains to be a wonderful way to include family and friends in your ceremony.


Handfasting - A ceremony going back to classical times, Handfasting is a practice of marriage before 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, state their love and purpose by stating a couple of 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 -- 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 groom and bride while their promises are recited, then in some practices is thrown 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 wood the twin handled Quaich was a Scotsman's canteen, mess kit and also drinking cup rolled into one. King James of Scotland provided his betrothed Anne of Denmark a Quaich as a symbol of his love for her throughout the marriage, from that point on the Quaich has been called the "loving cup". This gorgeous 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 groom's family with this ceremony. Typically the oldest woman participant of the bridegroom's family offers a piece of the household 's Tartan to the new bride signifying she is now linked into all the doings of the clan.

The presentation of the family sword - The martial roots of the Celtic peoples focused on the protection of fireplace and also house. This event is the acknowledgement of the male members of the bride-to-be's household that they also now have a new connection as well as a new sibling in arms.

Family Arms

At Life's Moments weddings we can provide extensive support on Celtic/Scottish/Irish ceremonies, from building of the ceremony to the last true blessing in Gaelic we can help you create the day of your dreams ...

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