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Events recognizing Celtic origins and customs have long been prominent. From the stirring cry of the bag pipe to the gown of formal tartan and kilt, wedding events based on elements of Celtic custom can provide enduring memories. Aspects of these wedding events can include part or every one of the following:

Anam Cara - Literally, the Hearts other Half, this practice is an one-of-a-kind ceremony commemorating the production of a timeless love forever more. This celebration of the aspects; to the Celts the four elements Earth, Fire, Water and Air were the structures on which an effective connection were constructed.

Anam Cara

This custom was adapted as Christianity relocated into the Celtic lands and remains to be a terrific means to include friends and family in your event.

Handfasting

Handfasting - A ceremony going back to antiquity, Handfasting is a practice of marriage before the accessibility of rings and rare-earth elements. The couple would take an item of fabric or rope and before their friends and families, declare their love and intent by stating a few words and also binding themselves together symbolically with the cordage. It is from this custom we still describe marriage as "tying the knot".

Oathing Stone -- Exactly what better location to put the promises of a lifetime and eternity than in the heart of a stone? The oathing stone is held by the bride and groom while their vows are stated, then in some traditions is thrown into a deep body of water to hold those pledges for evermore. Today that stone could be maintained as a remembrance of this big day.

Oathing Stone

The Quaich - Originally crafted from timber the double handled Quaich was a Scotsman's canteen, mess kit and drinking mug rolled right into one. King James of Scotland offered 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 called the "loving cup". This beautiful ceremony shares the true blessings of Kith and Kin to the couple.

The Quaich

Pinning of the Tartan

Pinning of the Tartan - A bride-to-be is formally approved into the bridegroom's family with this event. Typically the oldest female member of the groom's family provides a piece of the household 's Tartan to the bride symbolizing she is currently linked 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 as well as home. This ceremony is the recognition of the male members of the bride-to-be's family members that they also currently have a brand-new relationship and a new sibling in arms.

Family Arms

At Life's Moments wedding events we can supply thorough assistance on Celtic/Scottish/Irish ceremonies, from construction of the ceremony to the last blessing in Gaelic we can help you create the day of your dreams ...


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