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Events honoring Celtic roots as well as customs have long been popular. From the stirring cry of the bag pipe to the outfit of official tartan and kilt, wedding celebrations based upon elements of Celtic custom can provide long lasting memories. Facets of these wedding events can include part or all the following:

Anam Cara - Literally, the Hearts other Half, this practice is a special event commemorating the development of a classic love now and forever more. This celebration of the elements; to the Celts the four aspects Earth, Fire, Water and Air were the structures on which an effective partnership were developed.

Anam Cara

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


Handfasting - An event dating back right to classical times, Handfasting is a custom of marriage prior to the availability of rings and rare-earth elements. The couple would take an item of cloth or rope and before their friends and families, state their love and intent by stating a few words as well as binding themselves with each other symbolically with the rope. It is from this practice we still refer to marriage as "tying the knot".

Oathing Stone -- Exactly what better place to put the guarantees of a lifetime and eternity than in the heart of a stone? The oathing stone is held by the bride and groom while their promises are recited, then in some practices is tossed right into a deep body of water to hold those guarantees for evermore. Today that stone could be kept as a remembrance of this wedding.

Oathing Stone

The Quaich - Initially crafted from wood the double handled Quaich was a Scotsman's canteen, mess kit and drinking cup rolled right 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 gorgeous ceremony communicates 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 settled for right into the bridegroom's family through this event. Generally the oldest female member of the bridegroom's family offers a piece of the household 's Tartan to the bride-to-be signifying she is currently interwoven into all the doings of the clan.

The presentation of the family sword - The martial origins of the Celtic peoples revolved around the protection of hearth and residence. This ceremony is the recognition of the male members of the new bride's family that they as well now have a brand-new partnership and a new sibling in arms.

Family Arms

At Life's Moments wedding celebrations we can give thorough support on Celtic/Scottish/Irish events, from construction of the ceremony to the last blessing in Gaelic we can help you produce the day of your dreams ...

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