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Events recognizing Celtic roots and practices have long been preferred. From the stirring cry of the bag pipe to the gown of formal tartan and kilt, wedding celebrations based upon aspects of Celtic tradition can offer long lasting memories. Aspects of these wedding events can consist of part or all of the following:

Anam Cara - Actually, the Hearts other Half, this custom is a special event celebrating the creation of a timeless love forever more. This event of the aspects; to the Celts the four elements Earth, Fire, Water and Air were the foundations on which an effective partnership were developed.

Anam Cara

This practice was adjusted as Christianity moved into the Celtic lands and remains to be a fantastic means to include friends and family in your event.

Handfasting

Handfasting - An event dating back to antiquity, Handfasting is a custom 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, declare their love and intent by stating a few words and also binding themselves together symbolically with the cordage. It is from this tradition we still describe marriage as "tying the knot".

Oathing Stone -- Just what better area to put the assurances of a lifetime as well as eternity than in the heart of a stone? The oathing stone is held by the groom and bride while their promises are recited, after that in some customs is tossed right into a deep body of water to hold those promises for evermore. Today that stone may be maintained as a remembrance of this special day.

Oathing Stone

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

The Quaich

Pinning of the Tartan

Pinning of the Tartan - A bride is officially settled for right into the groom's family via this ceremony. Generally the oldest female member of the groom's family gives a swatch of the family member 's Tartan to the bride-to-be indicating she is now interwoven into all the doings of the clan.

The presentation of the family sword - The martial roots of the Celtic individuals focused on the defense of hearth and home. This ceremony is the acknowledgement of the male participants of the bride's family members that they as well currently have a brand-new relationship and a new brother in arms.

Family Arms

At Life's Minutes weddings we can offer comprehensive assistance on Celtic/Scottish/Irish events, from building and construction of the ceremony to the final blessing in Gaelic we can assist you develop the day of your dreams ...


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