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Celebrations honoring Celtic origins and customs have long been popular. From the stirring cry of the bag pipe to the dress of official tartan and kilt, wedding celebrations based upon elements of Celtic tradition can offer long lasting memories. Aspects of these wedding celebrations can include part or all of the following:

Anam Cara - Literally, the Hearts other Half, this practice is a one-of-a-kind ceremony celebrating the production of an ageless love forever more. This celebration of the components; to the Celts the four elements Earth, Fire, Water and Air were the structures on which a successful partnership were built.

Anam Cara

This custom was adjusted as Christianity moved into the Celtic lands and remains to be a terrific way to include family and friends 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 also rare-earth elements. The couple would take an item of cloth or rope and before their friends and families, proclaim their love and intention by stating a few words and also binding themselves together symbolically with the rope. It is from this practice we still refer to marriage as "tying the knot".

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

Oathing Stone

The Quaich - Initially crafted from wood the double handled Quaich was a Scotsman's canteen, mess kit and also drinking vessel 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 marriage, from that point on the Quaich has been know as the "loving cup". This beautiful ceremony communicates 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 right into the bridegroom's family through this event. Generally the oldest woman participant of the groom's family gives a piece of the family member 's Tartan to the bride representing she is currently linked into all the doings of the clan.

The presentation of the family sword - The martial origins of the Celtic peoples focused on the protection of hearth and also home. This event is the recognition of the male members of the new bride's household that they also currently have a new partnership as well as a new brother in arms.

Family Arms

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

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