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Celebrations recognizing Celtic origins and also traditions have actually long been prominent. From the stirring cry of the bag pipe to the dress of official tartan and kilt, weddings based upon facets of Celtic custom can provide enduring memories. Aspects of these wedding events can include part or all of the following:

Anam Cara - Literally, the Hearts Partner, this practice is a unique event celebrating the creation of a timeless love now and forever more. This event of the elements; to the Celts the 4 elements Earth, Fire, Water and Air were the foundations on which a successful partnership were developed.

Anam Cara

This tradition was adapted as Christianity moved into the Celtic lands and remains to be a terrific way to include friends and family in your ceremony.


Handfasting - An event going back right to antiquity, Handfasting is a practice of marriage before the accessibility of rings and also rare-earth elements. The couple would take an item of cloth or rope and before their families and friends, proclaim their love and intention by stating a couple of words as well as 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 area to place the promises of a life time and 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 right into a deep body of water to hold those promises for evermore. Today that stone might be kept as a remembrance of this special day.

Oathing Stone

The Quaich - Originally crafted from wood the twin handled Quaich was a Scotsman's canteen, mess kit and drinking vessel rolled into one. King James of Scotland provided his betrothed Anne of Denmark a Quaich as a symbol of his love for her during the marriage, from that point on the Quaich has been called the "loving cup". This gorgeous ceremony shares the blessings of Kith as well as Kin to the couple.

The Quaich

Pinning of the Tartan

Pinning of the Tartan - A bride-to-be is officially approved into the bridegroom's family through this ceremony. Usually the oldest woman member of the groom's family provides a swatch of the household 's Tartan to the bride representing she is now linked right into all the behaviors of the clan.

The presentation of the family sword - The martial roots of the Celtic individuals focused on the defense of hearth and also house. This ceremony is the acknowledgement of the male members of the bride-to-be's family that they also currently have a brand-new connection and a new brother in arms.

Family Arms

At Life's Moments weddings we can provide detailed assistance on Celtic/Scottish/Irish ceremonies, from building of the event to the final blessing in Gaelic we can help you develop the day of your dreams ...

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