Scottish – Irish – Celtic

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Celebrations recognizing Celtic origins and traditions have long been preferred. From the stirring cry of the bag pipe to the gown of formal tartan and kilt, weddings based upon facets of Celtic practice can give long-term memories. Facets of these wedding celebrations can consist of part or all of the following:

Anam Cara - Literally, the Hearts other Half, this tradition is a special event celebrating the development of a timeless love now and forever more. This celebration of the aspects; to the Celts the 4 aspects Earth, Fire, Water and Air were the structures on which a successful relationship were built.

Anam Cara

This custom was adjusted as Christianity moved right into the Celtic lands and also continues to be a fantastic way to include family and friends in your ceremony.


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

Oathing Stone -- Just what better area to place the promises of a lifetime as well as eternity than in the heart of a stone? The oathing stone is held by the bride and groom while their promises are stated, after that in some traditions is tossed 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 mug rolled 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, from that point on the Quaich has been called the "loving cup". This stunning ceremony shares the true blessings of Kith and also Kin to the couple.

The Quaich

Pinning of the Tartan

Pinning of the Tartan - A bride is formally approved right into the groom's family through this event. Generally the oldest female participant of the groom's family gives a swatch of the family member 's Tartan to the bride indicating she is now interwoven into all the behaviors of the clan.

The presentation of the family sword - The martial roots of the Celtic individuals revolved around the protection of fireplace and also house. This event is the acknowledgement of the male participants of the bride's family members that they as well currently have a brand-new partnership and also a brand-new brother in arms.

Family Arms

At Life's Moments weddings we can give comprehensive guidance on Celtic/Scottish/Irish events, from building and construction of the event to the last true blessing in Gaelic we can assist you develop the day of your dreams ...

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