Scottish – Irish – Celtic

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Events honoring Celtic origins and traditions have long been popular. From the stirring cry of the bag pipe to the dress of formal tartan and kilt, weddings based on elements of Celtic practice can offer long lasting memories. Aspects of these wedding celebrations could include part or all of the following:

Anam Cara - Actually, the Hearts Partner, this custom is a unique event celebrating the development of an ageless love now and forever more. This celebration of the aspects; to the Celts the four aspects Earth, Fire, Water and Air were the foundations on which a successful partnership were built.

Anam Cara

This practice was adapted as Christianity relocated into the Celtic lands and also continues to be a terrific means to include family and friends in your ceremony.


Handfasting - An event dating back right to classical times, Handfasting is a tradition of marriage prior to the availability of rings as well as precious metals. The couple would take an item of cloth or rope and before their friends and families, state their love and purpose by reciting a few words as well as binding themselves together symbolically with the rope. It is from this tradition we still refer to marriage as "tying the knot".

Oathing Stone -- Just what better location to put the guarantees 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 thrown right into a deep body of water to hold those promises for evermore. Today that stone could be kept as a remembrance of this wedding.

Oathing Stone

The Quaich - Initially crafted from timber the twin handled Quaich was a Scotsman's canteen, mess kit and also drinking mug rolled into one. King James of Scotland offered his betrothed Anne of Denmark a Quaich as a symbol of his love for her during the marriage, from that point on the Quaich has been called the "loving cup". This stunning ceremony communicates the true blessings of Kith and 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 with this event. Typically the oldest female participant of the bridegroom's family provides a piece of the family member 's Tartan to the new bride indicating she is now linked into all the behaviors of the clan.

The presentation of the family sword - The martial origins of the Celtic peoples focused on the defense of hearth as well as home. This event is the acknowledgement of the male participants of the bride-to-be's family members that they as well currently have a new partnership and also a new sibling in arms.

Family Arms

At Life's Minutes wedding events we can supply thorough assistance on Celtic/Scottish/Irish ceremonies, from building and construction of the event to the last true blessing in Gaelic we can assist you create the day of your desires ...

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