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Events honoring Celtic roots and also customs have long been prominent. From the stirring cry of the bag pipe to the dress of official tartan and kilt, weddings based upon aspects of Celtic tradition can provide lasting memories. Aspects of these wedding events can include part or all of the following:

Anam Cara - Actually, the Hearts Partner, this practice is a unique ceremony commemorating the development of an ageless love now and forever more. This event of the components; to the Celts the 4 components Earth, Fire, Water and Air were the foundations on which a successful partnership were developed.

Anam Cara

This custom was adapted as Christianity moved right into the Celtic lands and also continues to be a wonderful way to include friends and family in your event.


Handfasting - A ceremony 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 a piece of fabric or rope and before their friends and families, declare their love and purpose by reciting a few words as well as binding themselves with each other symbolically with the rope. It is from this custom we still describe marriage as "tying the knot".

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

Oathing Stone

The Quaich - Initially crafted from timber the double handled Quaich was a Scotsman's canteen, mess kit as well as drinking vessel rolled right into one. King James of Scotland gave 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 actually been called the "loving cup". This stunning ceremony conveys 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 approved into the groom's family through this ceremony. Typically the oldest female participant of the bridegroom's family provides a swatch of the family member 's Tartan to the bride signifying she is now interwoven right into all the doings of the clan.

The presentation of the family sword - The martial origins of the Celtic peoples revolved around the protection of fireplace and home. This event is the acknowledgement of the male participants of the new bride's family members that they too now have a new connection as well as a new brother in arms.

Family Arms

At Life's Moments wedding events we can supply comprehensive guidance on Celtic/Scottish/Irish ceremonies, from construction of the event to the final true blessing in Gaelic we can assist you create the day of your desires ...

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