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Celebrations honoring Celtic origins and traditions have actually long been popular. From the stirring cry of the bag pipe to the outfit of formal tartan and kilt, weddings based upon facets of Celtic custom can provide long-term memories. Elements of these wedding celebrations could include part or all of the following:

Anam Cara - Essentially, the Hearts Partner, this tradition is a unique event commemorating the creation of an ageless love forever more. This celebration of the elements; to the Celts the four aspects Earth, Fire, Water and Air were the structures on which a successful relationship were built.

Anam Cara

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


Handfasting - A ceremony going back to classical times, Handfasting is a custom of marriage before the accessibility of rings and also precious metals. The couple would take an item of fabric or rope and before their friends and families, declare their love and intention by reciting a couple of words and 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 -- What better place to place the pledges of a life time as well as eternity than in the heart of a stone? The oathing stone is held by the couple while their vows are stated, then in some traditions is thrown right into a deep body of water to hold those pledges for evermore. Today that stone may be kept as a remembrance of this wedding.

Oathing Stone

The Quaich - Initially crafted from timber the double handled Quaich was a Scotsman's canteen, mess kit and drinking vessel rolled right into one. King James of Scotland offered his betrothed Anne of Denmark a Quaich as a symbol of his love for her during the wedding, from that point on the Quaich has actually been know as the "loving cup". This attractive event communicates the true blessings of Kith and also Kin to the couple.

The Quaich

Pinning of the Tartan

Pinning of the Tartan - A bride is officially accepted into the bridegroom's family with this event. Generally the oldest female participant of the groom's family provides a swatch of the household 's Tartan to the bride symbolizing she is now linked into all the doings of the clan.

The presentation of the family sword - The martial roots of the Celtic peoples revolved around the defense of fireplace and residence. This ceremony is the acknowledgement of the male members of the bride-to-be's household that they as well now have a brand-new relationship as well as a brand-new brother in arms.

Family Arms

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