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Celebrations recognizing Celtic origins as well as practices have actually long been preferred. From the stirring cry of the bag pipe to the gown of formal tartan and kilt, weddings based on aspects of Celtic custom can provide enduring memories. Aspects of these wedding events could consist of part or every one of the following:

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

Anam Cara

This practice was adapted as Christianity moved right into the Celtic lands and also remains to be a fantastic way to include loved ones in your ceremony.


Handfasting - A ceremony going back to antiquity, Handfasting is a tradition of marriage prior to the availability of rings and also precious metals. The couple would take a piece of fabric or rope and before their families and friends, declare their love and intent by reciting a couple of words as well as binding themselves with each other symbolically with the rope. It is from this custom we still refer to marriage as "tying the knot".

Oathing Stone -- Exactly what better area to place the pledges of a lifetime as well as eternity than in the heart of a stone? The oathing stone is held by the couple while their pledges are recited, then in some customs 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 - Originally crafted from timber the twin handled Quaich was a Scotsman's canteen, mess kit and drinking mug rolled right into one. King James of Scotland offered his betrothed Anne of Denmark a Quaich as a symbol of his love for her throughout the wedding, from that point on the Quaich has actually been know as the "loving cup". This stunning ceremony shares the blessings of Kith and also Kin to the couple.

The Quaich

Pinning of the Tartan

Pinning of the Tartan - A bride-to-be is formally accepted into the bridegroom's family via this event. Typically the oldest woman participant of the bridegroom's family gives a swatch of the household 's Tartan to the new bride symbolizing she is currently linked right into all the doings of the clan.

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

Family Arms

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