Scottish – Irish – Celtic

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Celebrations recognizing Celtic origins as well as customs have long been prominent. From the stirring cry of the bag pipe to the outfit of formal tartan and kilt, wedding celebrations based on aspects of Celtic tradition can give long lasting memories. Facets of these wedding events can consist of part or all of the following:

Anam Cara - Actually, the Hearts other Half, this custom is a unique ceremony commemorating the development of a timeless love forever more. This event of the elements; to the Celts the 4 components Earth, Fire, Water and Air were the foundations on which an effective relationship were developed.

Anam Cara

This tradition was adjusted as Christianity relocated right into the Celtic lands and also continues to be a terrific way to include loved ones in your ceremony.


Handfasting - An event going back to antiquity, Handfasting is a tradition of marriage before the availability of rings and precious metals. The couple would take a piece of cloth or rope and before their families and friends, state their love and intention by stating a few words and binding themselves together symbolically with the cordage. It is from this practice we still refer to marriage as "tying the knot".

Oathing Stone -- What better place to put the assurances of a lifetime as well as eternity than in the heart of a stone? The oathing stone is held by the groom and bride while their vows are stated, after that in some practices is thrown into a deep body of water to hold those promises for evermore. Today that stone might be maintained as a remembrance of this wedding.

Oathing Stone

The Quaich - Originally crafted from wood the double handled Quaich was a Scotsman's canteen, mess kit as well as drinking cup rolled into one. King James of Scotland provided 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 actually been called the "loving cup". This lovely ceremony shares the true blessings of Kith and Kin to the couple.

The Quaich

Pinning of the Tartan

Pinning of the Tartan - A new bride is officially settled for right into the groom's family through this event. Generally the oldest female member of the bridegroom's family gives a piece 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 focused on the protection of fireplace and also house. This event is the recognition of the male members of the bride's household that they as well currently have a new connection and also a brand-new brother in arms.

Family Arms

At Life's Moments weddings we can provide extensive guidance on Celtic/Scottish/Irish events, from building and construction of the ceremony to the last true blessing in Gaelic we can assist you create the day of your desires ...

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