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Celebrations honoring Celtic roots as well as traditions have actually long been popular. From the stirring cry of the bag pipe to the gown of official tartan and kilt, wedding celebrations based on aspects of Celtic tradition can offer enduring memories. Elements of these wedding events could include part or every one of the following:

Anam Cara - Literally, the Hearts other Half, this custom is a special ceremony celebrating the creation of a classic love now and forever more. This celebration of the aspects; to the Celts the 4 elements Earth, Fire, Water and Air were the structures on which an effective partnership were built.

Anam Cara

This practice was adapted as Christianity moved into the Celtic lands and also continues to be a remarkable means to include loved ones in your ceremony.


Handfasting - A ceremony going back right to classical times, Handfasting is a tradition of marriage prior to the availability of rings and rare-earth elements. The couple would take an item of cloth or rope and before their friends and families, state their love and purpose by reciting a couple of words and also binding themselves together symbolically with the rope. It is from this custom we still refer to marriage as "tying the knot".

Oathing Stone -- Just what better location to put the guarantees of a life time as well as eternity than in the heart of a stone? The oathing stone is held by the couple while their pledges are recited, after that in some customs is tossed right into a deep body of water to hold those promises for evermore. Today that stone may be kept as a remembrance of this big day.

Oathing Stone

The Quaich - Originally crafted from timber the twin handled Quaich was a Scotsman's canteen, mess kit as well as 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 during the marriage ceremony, from that point on the Quaich has actually been know as the "loving cup". This lovely event shares the blessings of Kith and Kin to the couple.

The Quaich

Pinning of the Tartan

Pinning of the Tartan - A bride is formally settled for right into the groom's family through this event. Typically the oldest woman participant of the bridegroom's family gives a swatch of the household 's Tartan to the bride-to-be symbolizing 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 revolved around the defense of hearth and home. This event is the recognition of the male participants of the bride-to-be's family members that they also now have a new partnership and also a new brother in arms.

Family Arms

At Life's Moments weddings we can give thorough support on Celtic/Scottish/Irish ceremonies, from construction of the ceremony to the final blessing in Gaelic we can help you create the day of your desires ...

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