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Events honoring Celtic roots as well as customs have actually long been preferred. From the stirring cry of the bag pipe to the outfit of formal tartan and kilt, weddings based on elements of Celtic custom can provide long lasting memories. Elements of these wedding celebrations can include part or all of the following:

Anam Cara - Actually, the Hearts Partner, this tradition is a one-of-a-kind ceremony commemorating the development of a timeless love now and forever more. This event of the components; to the Celts the four elements Earth, Fire, Water and Air were the foundations on which an effective partnership were built.

Anam Cara

This tradition was adjusted as Christianity moved into the Celtic lands and continues to be a remarkable way to include family and friends in your event.


Handfasting - An event going back right to antiquity, Handfasting is a custom of marriage prior to the accessibility of rings as well as precious metals. The couple would take a piece of cloth or rope and before their friends and families, proclaim their love and purpose by stating a few 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 -- What better area to place 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 stated, after that in some traditions is thrown into a deep body of water to hold those guarantees for evermore. Today that stone could be maintained as a remembrance of this wedding.

Oathing Stone

The Quaich - Initially crafted from wood the twin 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 sign of his love for her throughout the marriage, from that point on the Quaich has been called the "loving cup". This beautiful ceremony communicates the blessings of Kith and also Kin to the couple.

The Quaich

Pinning of the Tartan

Pinning of the Tartan - A new bride is officially approved right into the groom's family through this event. Normally the oldest woman member of the bridegroom's family gives a swatch of the family member 's Tartan to the bride-to-be indicating she is now interwoven into all the behaviors of the clan.

The presentation of the family sword - The martial origins of the Celtic peoples revolved around the protection of hearth as well as house. This ceremony is the recognition of the male members of the bride-to-be's family members that they also currently have a brand-new connection as well as a new sibling in arms.

Family Arms

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