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Celebrations honoring Celtic origins as well as customs have actually long been popular. From the stirring cry of the bag pipe to the outfit of formal tartan and kilt, wedding events based upon aspects of Celtic custom can give lasting memories. Facets of these wedding celebrations can include part or all the following:

Anam Cara - Essentially, the Hearts Partner, this tradition is a unique ceremony celebrating the creation of a classic love now and forever more. This event of the components; to the Celts the 4 components Earth, Fire, Water and Air were the foundations on which an effective connection were built.

Anam Cara

This custom was adapted as Christianity moved right into the Celtic lands and remains to be a remarkable way to include loved ones in your event.


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

Oathing Stone -- What better location 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 groom and bride while their vows are recited, after that in some customs is thrown right into a deep body of water to hold those promises for evermore. Today that stone could be maintained 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 as well as drinking mug rolled 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 actually been called the "loving cup". This lovely ceremony communicates the blessings of Kith and Kin to the couple.

The Quaich

Pinning of the Tartan

Pinning of the Tartan - A new bride is officially accepted into the bridegroom's family with this ceremony. Generally the oldest female member of the groom's family offers a piece of the family member 's Tartan to the new bride representing she is now interwoven into all the behaviors of the clan.

The presentation of the family sword - The martial roots of the Celtic peoples focused on the defense of fireplace and also residence. This event is the recognition of the male members of the new bride's family members that they also now have a new relationship and also a new brother in arms.

Family Arms

At Life's Moments weddings we can offer comprehensive assistance on Celtic/Scottish/Irish events, from construction of the ceremony to the final blessing in Gaelic we can assist you develop the day of your dreams ...

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