Scottish – Irish – Celtic

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Celebrations honoring Celtic roots and also customs have long been popular. From the stirring cry of the bag pipe to the gown of official tartan and kilt, wedding celebrations based on elements of Celtic custom can provide long lasting memories. Elements of these weddings can consist of part or every one of the following:

Anam Cara - Literally, the Hearts Partner, this custom is a special event celebrating the creation of a timeless love forever more. This celebration of the components; to the Celts the four elements Earth, Fire, Water and Air were the foundations on which an effective connection were built.

Anam Cara

This custom was adapted as Christianity relocated into the Celtic lands and remains to be a remarkable means to include loved ones in your event.


Handfasting - A ceremony dating back right to classical times, Handfasting is a practice of marriage prior to the accessibility of rings and rare-earth elements. The couple would take an item of fabric or rope and before their friends and families, proclaim their love and intention by reciting a couple of words and also binding themselves together symbolically with the rope. It is from this tradition we still describe marriage as "tying the knot".

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

Oathing Stone

The Quaich - Initially crafted from wood the twin handled Quaich was a Scotsman's canteen, mess kit and drinking vessel rolled right into one. King James of Scotland offered his betrothed Anne of Denmark a Quaich as a sign of his love for her throughout the marriage, from that point on the Quaich has been know as the "loving cup". This beautiful ceremony shares the true blessings of Kith and also Kin to the couple.

The Quaich

Pinning of the Tartan

Pinning of the Tartan - A new bride is formally accepted into the bridegroom's family through this ceremony. Normally the oldest female participant of the bridegroom's family provides a swatch of the family member 's Tartan to the bride symbolizing she is currently linked right into all the doings of the clan.

The presentation of the family sword - The martial roots of the Celtic individuals revolved around the protection of hearth and residence. This event is the recognition of the male participants of the bride-to-be's household that they too currently have a new partnership and also a brand-new brother in arms.

Family Arms

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

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