Scottish – Irish – Celtic

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Celebrations honoring Celtic roots and customs have actually long been prominent. From the stirring cry of the bag pipe to the dress of formal tartan and kilt, wedding events based on aspects of Celtic custom can offer enduring memories. Elements of these wedding events could consist of part or all the following:

Anam Cara - Literally, the Hearts Partner, this tradition is a one-of-a-kind event celebrating the creation of a timeless love now and forever more. This celebration of the elements; to the Celts the 4 components Earth, Fire, Water and Air were the foundations on which an effective partnership were built.

Anam Cara

This tradition was adapted as Christianity moved into the Celtic lands and continues to be a fantastic means to include loved ones in your ceremony.


Handfasting - A ceremony dating back to antiquity, Handfasting is a tradition of marriage before the availability of rings and rare-earth elements. The couple would take a piece of cloth or rope and before their friends and families, state their love and intention by reciting a few words as well as binding themselves with each other symbolically with the cordage. It is from this custom we still describe marriage as "tying the knot".

Oathing Stone -- Just what better place to put the pledges of a lifetime and eternity than in the heart of a stone? The oathing stone is held by the groom and bride while their promises are recited, then in some practices is tossed into a deep body of water to hold those assurances for evermore. Today that stone may be maintained 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 as well as drinking cup rolled into one. King James of Scotland offered his betrothed Anne of Denmark a Quaich as a sign of his love for her throughout the marriage, from that point on the Quaich has been know as the "loving cup". This attractive ceremony shares the blessings of Kith as well as Kin to the couple.

The Quaich

Pinning of the Tartan

Pinning of the Tartan - A new bride is officially settled for into the groom's family with this event. Typically the oldest woman member of the bridegroom's family gives a swatch of the family member 's Tartan to the new 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 protection of hearth and also residence. This event is the recognition of the male members of the bride's household that they too now have a new connection and a new brother in arms.

Family Arms

At Life's Moments wedding celebrations we can offer thorough assistance on Celtic/Scottish/Irish ceremonies, from building and construction of the ceremony to the final true blessing in Gaelic we can help you create the day of your desires ...

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