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Events recognizing Celtic origins and customs have actually long been prominent. From the stirring cry of the bag pipe to the gown of official tartan and kilt, wedding events based upon facets of Celtic tradition can give long-term memories. Facets of these weddings can consist of part or all the following:

Anam Cara - Actually, the Hearts other Half, this tradition is a unique ceremony commemorating the development of an ageless love forever more. This event of the components; to the Celts the four elements Earth, Fire, Water and Air were the structures on which a successful partnership were built.

Anam Cara

This custom was adjusted as Christianity relocated into the Celtic lands as well as remains to be a fantastic way to include loved ones in your ceremony.


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

Oathing Stone -- Just what better place to put the assurances of a life time and also eternity than in the heart of a stone? The oathing stone is held by the bride and groom while their pledges are stated, after that in some traditions is tossed right into a deep body of water to hold those assurances for evermore. Today that stone may be maintained 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 right into one. King James of Scotland provided his betrothed Anne of Denmark a Quaich as a symbol of his love for her during the marriage, from that point on the Quaich has been know as the "loving cup". This lovely ceremony shares the blessings of Kith as well as Kin to the couple.

The Quaich

Pinning of the Tartan

Pinning of the Tartan - A bride is officially approved right into the bridegroom's family via this event. Typically the oldest woman participant of the groom's family offers a swatch of the household 's Tartan to the bride-to-be indicating she is currently linked right into all the behaviors of the clan.

The presentation of the family sword - The martial roots of the Celtic peoples revolved around the protection of hearth and home. This ceremony is the acknowledgement of the male members of the bride-to-be's family members that they too now have a new partnership and a brand-new sibling in arms.

Family Arms

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