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Celebrations recognizing Celtic roots and practices have actually long been preferred. From the stirring cry of the bag pipe to the dress of formal tartan and kilt, wedding events based upon facets of Celtic custom can give long lasting memories. Elements of these wedding events could consist of part or every one of the following:

Anam Cara - Literally, the Hearts Partner, this practice is a special ceremony commemorating the production of an ageless love forever more. This event of the elements; to the Celts the four elements Earth, Fire, Water and Air were the structures on which a successful connection were developed.

Anam Cara

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


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

Oathing Stone -- What better area to put the assurances 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 stated, then in some customs is tossed into a deep body of water to hold those guarantees for evermore. Today that stone may be maintained as a remembrance of this wedding.

Oathing Stone

The Quaich - Originally 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 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 been called the "loving cup". This gorgeous ceremony communicates the blessings of Kith and Kin to the couple.

The Quaich

Pinning of the Tartan

Pinning of the Tartan - A bride is officially accepted right into the bridegroom's family through this event. Usually the oldest woman participant of the bridegroom's family provides a piece of the family member 's Tartan to the bride indicating she is now linked into all the doings of the clan.

The presentation of the family sword - The martial origins of the Celtic individuals focused on the defense of fireplace and home. This event is the acknowledgement of the male participants of the new bride's family members that they too currently have a brand-new relationship and also a new sibling in arms.

Family Arms

At Life's Moments weddings we can supply extensive support on Celtic/Scottish/Irish events, from building of the event to the last blessing in Gaelic we can help you develop the day of your dreams ...

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