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Events 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 custom can supply long lasting memories. Facets of these weddings could include part or all of the following:

Anam Cara - Essentially, the Hearts other Half, this tradition is a unique event commemorating the development of a timeless love now and forever more. This celebration of the elements; to the Celts the four elements Earth, Fire, Water and Air were the foundations on which a successful connection were constructed.

Anam Cara

This practice was adapted as Christianity moved right into the Celtic lands and also continues to be a wonderful means to include friends and family in your event.


Handfasting - A ceremony dating back right to classical times, Handfasting is a custom of marriage prior to the accessibility of rings and precious metals. 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 also binding themselves together symbolically with the rope. It is from this practice we still refer to marriage as "tying the knot".

Oathing Stone -- Exactly what better place to place the pledges of a lifetime and 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 customs is tossed into a deep body of water to hold those pledges for evermore. Today that stone may be kept as a remembrance of this wedding.

Oathing Stone

The Quaich - Originally crafted from timber the twin handled Quaich was a Scotsman's canteen, mess kit and drinking mug 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 wedding, from that point on the Quaich has been referred to as the "loving cup". This beautiful event conveys the true blessings of Kith and Kin to the couple.

The Quaich

Pinning of the Tartan

Pinning of the Tartan - A bride is officially approved into the bridegroom's family via this ceremony. Usually the oldest female participant of the groom's family gives a swatch of the household 's Tartan to the bride-to-be indicating she is currently interwoven 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 hearth as well as residence. This ceremony is the acknowledgement of the male participants of the new bride's family members that they too now have a new relationship and a brand-new sibling in arms.

Family Arms

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