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Events honoring Celtic origins and practices have actually long been preferred. From the stirring cry of the bag pipe to the dress of formal tartan and kilt, wedding celebrations based upon aspects of Celtic tradition can offer lasting memories. Elements of these wedding celebrations can consist of part or every one of the following:

Anam Cara - Literally, the Hearts other Half, this custom is a distinct event commemorating the creation of a timeless love now and forever more. This event of the elements; to the Celts the four components Earth, Fire, Water and Air were the structures on which an effective connection were constructed.

Anam Cara

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


Handfasting - A ceremony dating back right to classical times, Handfasting is a practice of marriage before the availability of rings as well as rare-earth elements. The couple would take an item of fabric or rope and before their families and friends, declare their love and purpose by reciting a couple of words as well as binding themselves together symbolically with the rope. It is from this practice we still describe marriage as "tying the knot".

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

Oathing Stone

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

The Quaich

Pinning of the Tartan

Pinning of the Tartan - A new bride is formally settled for into the groom's family via this event. Usually the oldest female member of the bridegroom's family offers a swatch of the household 's Tartan to the new bride symbolizing she is currently linked into all the behaviors of the clan.

The presentation of the family sword - The martial origins of the Celtic individuals revolved around the protection of fireplace as well as residence. This ceremony is the acknowledgement of the male members of the bride's family members that they as well now have a new connection and a new sibling in arms.

Family Arms

At Life's Minutes weddings we can offer thorough guidance on Celtic/Scottish/Irish ceremonies, from building and construction of the event to the last blessing in Gaelic we can assist you produce the day of your desires ...

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