Scottish – Irish – Celtic

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Celebrations honoring Celtic origins and traditions have long been prominent. From the stirring cry of the bag pipe to the dress of official tartan and kilt, weddings based on elements of Celtic practice can provide long lasting memories. Elements of these wedding events could include part or every one of the following:

Anam Cara - Essentially, the Hearts other Half, this practice is a one-of-a-kind ceremony celebrating the production of an ageless love now and forever more. This celebration of the components; to the Celts the 4 elements Earth, Fire, Water and Air were the structures on which an effective connection were constructed.

Anam Cara

This custom was adjusted as Christianity relocated into the Celtic lands as well as remains to be a wonderful way to include family and friends in your ceremony.


Handfasting - An event going back right to antiquity, Handfasting is a tradition of marriage before the availability of rings and also rare-earth elements. The couple would take an item of fabric or rope and before their friends and families, proclaim their love and purpose by reciting a couple of words as well as binding themselves with each other symbolically with the cordage. It is from this practice we still refer to marriage as "tying the knot".

Oathing Stone -- Just what better place to place the assurances of a lifetime and also 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 practices is thrown into a deep body of water to hold those pledges for evermore. Today that stone might be maintained as a remembrance of this big day.

Oathing Stone

The Quaich - Initially crafted from wood the double handled Quaich was a Scotsman's canteen, mess kit and also drinking cup 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 marriage ceremony, from that point on the Quaich has been know as the "loving cup". This beautiful event communicates the true blessings of Kith and also Kin to the couple.

The Quaich

Pinning of the Tartan

Pinning of the Tartan - A bride-to-be is formally accepted right into the groom's family via this ceremony. Normally the oldest woman participant of the bridegroom's family gives a piece of the household 's Tartan to the bride representing she is now 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 and residence. This event is the recognition of the male participants of the bride's family that they also now have a new relationship and a brand-new sibling in arms.

Family Arms

At Life's Moments weddings we can provide detailed assistance on Celtic/Scottish/Irish events, 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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