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Celebrations honoring Celtic roots and also practices have long been popular. From the stirring cry of the bag pipe to the gown of official tartan and kilt, wedding celebrations based upon elements of Celtic tradition can offer long-term memories. Aspects of these wedding celebrations could include part or all the following:

Anam Cara - Literally, the Hearts other Half, this practice is a unique event celebrating the development of an ageless love now and forever more. This celebration of the elements; to the Celts the 4 elements Earth, Fire, Water and Air were the structures on which an effective partnership were constructed.

Anam Cara

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


Handfasting - A ceremony dating back to classical times, Handfasting is a custom of marriage prior to the availability of rings as well as precious metals. The couple would take a piece of fabric or rope and before their friends and families, state their love and intent by reciting a couple of words as well as binding themselves together symbolically with the rope. It is from this custom we still describe marriage as "tying the knot".

Oathing Stone -- Just what better place to place the assurances 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 pledges are recited, then in some traditions is thrown right into a deep body of water to hold those pledges for evermore. Today that stone could be maintained as a remembrance of this special 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 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 been referred to as the "loving cup". This lovely event communicates the true blessings of Kith as well as Kin to the couple.

The Quaich

Pinning of the Tartan

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

The presentation of the family sword - The martial roots of the Celtic individuals focused on the protection of hearth and also home. This ceremony is the acknowledgement of the male members of the bride's household that they too now have a new connection as well as a brand-new brother in arms.

Family Arms

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