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Celebrations honoring Celtic roots and traditions have long been popular. From the stirring cry of the bag pipe to the gown of formal tartan and kilt, wedding events based upon facets of Celtic custom can offer enduring memories. Elements of these weddings could include part or all of the following:

Anam Cara - Essentially, the Hearts Partner, this custom is a one-of-a-kind event celebrating the development of an ageless love forever more. This celebration of the components; to the Celts the four aspects Earth, Fire, Water and Air were the foundations on which a successful partnership were built.

Anam Cara

This practice was adapted as Christianity relocated into the Celtic lands and remains to be a fantastic way to include family and friends in your ceremony.


Handfasting - An event dating back to classical times, Handfasting is a custom of marriage before the accessibility of rings and precious metals. The couple would take a piece of cloth or rope and before their friends and families, state their love and purpose by stating a couple of words and also binding themselves together symbolically with the cordage. It is from this tradition we still describe marriage as "tying the knot".

Oathing Stone -- What better location to place the guarantees of a life time and also eternity than in the heart of a stone? The oathing stone is held by the couple while their vows are recited, then in some traditions is tossed right into a deep body of water to hold those promises for evermore. Today that stone may be maintained as a remembrance of this wedding.

Oathing Stone

The Quaich - Originally crafted from wood the twin handled Quaich was a Scotsman's canteen, mess kit as well as drinking mug 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 wedding, from that point on the Quaich has actually been called the "loving cup". This stunning event conveys the true blessings of Kith and also Kin to the couple.

The Quaich

Pinning of the Tartan

Pinning of the Tartan - A bride-to-be is officially accepted into the groom's family with this event. Normally the oldest woman participant of the groom's family provides a swatch of the family member 's Tartan to the bride-to-be symbolizing she is now linked into all the behaviors of the clan.

The presentation of the family sword - The martial roots of the Celtic peoples revolved around the protection of fireplace and also residence. This event is the acknowledgement of the male members of the bride's household that they also currently have a new relationship and also a brand-new sibling in arms.

Family Arms

At Life's Moments weddings we can provide extensive guidance on Celtic/Scottish/Irish ceremonies, from construction of the ceremony to the last blessing in Gaelic we can help you create the day of your dreams ...

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