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Events honoring Celtic origins as well as traditions have actually long been preferred. From the stirring cry of the bag pipe to the dress of official tartan and kilt, wedding celebrations based on elements of Celtic practice can provide long-term memories. Elements of these weddings can consist of part or all the following:

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

Anam Cara

This practice was adapted as Christianity moved into the Celtic lands and also remains to be a terrific means to include family and friends in your event.


Handfasting - A ceremony dating back right to classical times, Handfasting is a custom of marriage before the availability of rings and precious metals. The couple would take an item of cloth or rope and before their friends and families, declare their love and intention by reciting a few words as well as binding themselves together symbolically with the rope. It is from this practice we still refer to marriage as "tying the knot".

Oathing Stone -- Exactly what better area to put the pledges 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 pledges are stated, then in some customs is thrown into a deep body of water to hold those pledges for evermore. Today that stone might be kept as a remembrance of this special day.

Oathing Stone

The Quaich - Originally crafted from timber the twin handled Quaich was a Scotsman's canteen, mess kit and drinking cup rolled right into one. King James of Scotland offered his betrothed Anne of Denmark a Quaich as a sign of his love for her during the marriage ceremony, from that point on the Quaich has been know as the "loving cup". This beautiful ceremony communicates the true blessings of Kith as well as Kin to the couple.

The Quaich

Pinning of the Tartan

Pinning of the Tartan - A new bride is formally approved into the groom's family through this event. Normally the oldest woman member of the bridegroom's family offers a swatch of the household 's Tartan to the new bride signifying she is now interwoven into all the behaviors of the clan.

The presentation of the family sword - The martial origins of the Celtic individuals focused on the protection of fireplace and home. This ceremony is the acknowledgement of the male members of the bride-to-be's family that they as well now have a brand-new connection and a new sibling in arms.

Family Arms

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