Scottish – Irish – Celtic

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Celebrations recognizing Celtic origins and also traditions have long been prominent. From the stirring cry of the bag pipe to the dress of official tartan and kilt, wedding events based on elements of Celtic tradition can supply long lasting memories. Aspects of these weddings can include part or all the following:

Anam Cara - Actually, the Hearts other Half, this practice is a unique event commemorating the development of an ageless love forever more. This celebration of the components; to the Celts the four elements Earth, Fire, Water and Air were the foundations on which a successful relationship were built.

Anam Cara

This custom was adapted as Christianity relocated into the Celtic lands and continues to be a remarkable way to include family and friends in your ceremony.


Handfasting - An event going back to antiquity, Handfasting is a custom of marriage prior to the availability of rings and also rare-earth elements. The couple would take a piece of fabric or rope and before their friends and families, state their love and intention by reciting a few words and binding themselves with each other symbolically with the rope. It is from this tradition we still refer to marriage as "tying the knot".

Oathing Stone -- Exactly what better location to place the guarantees of a lifetime as well as eternity than in the heart of a stone? The oathing stone is held by the couple while their vows are stated, after that in some traditions is thrown into a deep body of water to hold those assurances for evermore. Today that stone might be maintained as a remembrance of this wedding.

Oathing Stone

The Quaich - Originally crafted from timber the twin handled Quaich was a Scotsman's canteen, mess kit and drinking mug rolled right into one. King James of Scotland provided his betrothed Anne of Denmark a Quaich as a symbol of his love for her throughout the wedding, from that point on the Quaich has been referred to as the "loving cup". This attractive ceremony communicates the blessings of Kith as well as Kin to the couple.

The Quaich

Pinning of the Tartan

Pinning of the Tartan - A new bride is officially approved into the groom's family with this ceremony. Generally the oldest female participant of the groom's family offers a swatch of the family member 's Tartan to the bride-to-be 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 revolved around the protection of hearth as well as residence. This ceremony is the recognition of the male members of the bride's family that they too currently have a new connection and a new brother in arms.

Family Arms

At Life's Moments weddings we can supply thorough assistance on Celtic/Scottish/Irish ceremonies, from construction of the ceremony to the final blessing in Gaelic we can assist you develop the day of your desires ...

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