Scottish – Irish – Celtic

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Celebrations honoring Celtic origins and practices have actually long been prominent. From the stirring cry of the bag pipe to the dress of official tartan and kilt, wedding events based upon aspects of Celtic practice can provide lasting memories. Aspects of these wedding celebrations can include part or every one of the following:

Anam Cara - Essentially, the Hearts other Half, this tradition is a distinct ceremony commemorating the production of an ageless love now and forever more. This celebration of the elements; to the Celts the 4 elements Earth, Fire, Water and Air were the foundations on which an effective partnership were constructed.

Anam Cara

This practice was adjusted as Christianity moved right into the Celtic lands as well as remains to be a remarkable way to include loved ones in your ceremony.


Handfasting - An event dating back to classical times, Handfasting is a tradition of marriage before the availability of rings as well as rare-earth elements. The couple would take an item of cloth or rope and before their friends and families, state their love and intention by stating a few words and binding themselves together symbolically with the rope. It is from this custom we still describe marriage as "tying the knot".

Oathing Stone -- What better area to place the guarantees of a life time and eternity than in the heart of a stone? The oathing stone is held by the groom and bride while their promises are stated, after that in some customs 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 special day.

Oathing Stone

The Quaich - Initially crafted from wood the double 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 during the wedding, from that point on the Quaich has been called the "loving cup". This beautiful ceremony conveys 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 through this ceremony. Generally the oldest woman member of the bridegroom's family offers a swatch of the family member 's Tartan to the new bride 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 defense of hearth and also home. This event is the acknowledgement of the male members of the new bride's household that they as well now have a new partnership and also a brand-new brother in arms.

Family Arms

At Life's Moments weddings we can offer extensive assistance on Celtic/Scottish/Irish ceremonies, from building and construction of the ceremony to the final true blessing in Gaelic we can help you produce the day of your dreams ...

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