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Celebrations honoring Celtic roots as well as traditions have long been prominent. From the stirring cry of the bag pipe to the outfit of official tartan and kilt, weddings based on elements of Celtic practice can provide long-term memories. Elements of these wedding events can consist of part or every one of the following:

Anam Cara - Essentially, the Hearts other Half, this practice is a one-of-a-kind event celebrating the production of a timeless love now and forever more. This celebration of the components; to the Celts the four aspects Earth, Fire, Water and Air were the foundations on which an effective partnership were built.

Anam Cara

This tradition was adjusted as Christianity moved into the Celtic lands as well as continues to be a wonderful means to include friends and family in your ceremony.


Handfasting - A ceremony dating back right to classical times, Handfasting is a practice of marriage before the availability of rings and precious metals. The couple would take a piece of fabric or rope and before their families and friends, state their love and intent by reciting a couple of words and binding themselves with each other symbolically with the rope. It is from this practice we still refer to marriage as "tying the knot".

Oathing Stone -- What better area to put the pledges of a lifetime as well as eternity than in the heart of a stone? The oathing stone is held by the bride and groom while their promises are recited, then in some traditions is tossed into a deep body of water to hold those guarantees for evermore. Today that stone may be kept as a remembrance of this special day.

Oathing Stone

The Quaich - Initially crafted from wood the double handled Quaich was a Scotsman's canteen, mess kit and drinking mug rolled into one. King James of Scotland gave 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 referred to as the "loving cup". This stunning event communicates the true 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 formally settled for into the bridegroom's family through this ceremony. Usually the oldest female participant of the bridegroom's family gives a piece of the family member 's Tartan to the new bride symbolizing she is currently interwoven right into all the behaviors of the clan.

The presentation of the family sword - The martial origins of the Celtic peoples focused on the protection of fireplace and home. This event is the acknowledgement of the male participants of the new bride's household that they too now have a new connection and also a brand-new sibling in arms.

Family Arms

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