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Celebrations honoring Celtic roots as well as customs have actually long been popular. From the stirring cry of the bag pipe to the gown of formal tartan and kilt, wedding celebrations based upon facets of Celtic tradition can offer lasting memories. Elements of these wedding events can include part or every one of the following:

Anam Cara - Actually, the Hearts Partner, this practice is a one-of-a-kind event celebrating the creation of an ageless love now and forever more. This celebration of the aspects; to the Celts the 4 aspects Earth, Fire, Water and Air were the structures on which an effective connection were constructed.

Anam Cara

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


Handfasting - A ceremony going back to classical times, Handfasting is a custom of marriage before the accessibility of rings and also precious metals. The couple would take an item of cloth or rope and before their friends and families, declare their love and intention by reciting a few words as well as binding themselves together symbolically with the rope. It is from this practice we still refer to marriage as "tying the knot".

Oathing Stone -- Exactly what better location to put 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 vows are recited, after that in some practices is tossed into a deep body of water to hold those pledges for evermore. Today that stone might be kept as a remembrance of this wedding.

Oathing Stone

The Quaich - Originally crafted from wood the double handled Quaich was a Scotsman's canteen, mess kit and drinking vessel rolled into one. King James of Scotland offered 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 referred to as the "loving cup". This stunning 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 settled for right into the groom's family with this ceremony. Typically the oldest woman member of the groom's family gives a swatch of the household 's Tartan to the bride representing she is now interwoven right into all the behaviors of the clan.

The presentation of the family sword - The martial roots of the Celtic peoples focused on the protection of fireplace as well as home. This event is the acknowledgement of the male participants of the bride-to-be's family members that they as well currently have a new partnership and also a new brother in arms.

Family Arms

At Life's Moments weddings we can give detailed guidance on Celtic/Scottish/Irish ceremonies, from building and construction of the event to the final blessing in Gaelic we can assist you develop the day of your dreams ...

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