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Celebrations honoring Celtic origins and practices have actually long been prominent. From the stirring cry of the bag pipe to the gown of formal tartan and kilt, wedding events based upon aspects of Celtic practice can give lasting memories. Elements of these wedding celebrations can consist of part or all the following:

Anam Cara - Essentially, the Hearts other Half, this custom is a one-of-a-kind ceremony celebrating the development of a timeless love now and forever more. This event of the elements; to the Celts the 4 components Earth, Fire, Water and Air were the structures on which a successful connection were constructed.

Anam Cara

This practice was adjusted as Christianity moved into the Celtic lands as well as remains to be a fantastic means to include loved ones in your ceremony.


Handfasting - A ceremony going back to antiquity, Handfasting is a tradition of marriage before the availability of rings as well as precious metals. The couple would take a piece of cloth or rope and before their friends and families, state their love and purpose by stating a couple of words and also binding themselves with each other symbolically with the cordage. It is from this custom we still refer to marriage as "tying the knot".

Oathing Stone -- What better area to place 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 pledges are stated, then in some practices is tossed into a deep body of water to hold those assurances for evermore. Today that stone could be kept as a remembrance of this big day.

Oathing Stone

The Quaich - Originally crafted from wood the double 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 symbol of his love for her during the marriage, from that point on the Quaich has been called the "loving cup". This stunning event conveys the blessings of Kith as well as Kin to the couple.

The Quaich

Pinning of the Tartan

Pinning of the Tartan - A bride is officially approved into the bridegroom's family with this ceremony. Typically the oldest female participant of the bridegroom's family gives a piece of the family member 's Tartan to the bride indicating she is now interwoven into all the behaviors of the clan.

The presentation of the family sword - The martial roots of the Celtic individuals revolved around the protection of fireplace as well as residence. This ceremony is the recognition of the male members of the bride-to-be's family that they as well currently have a new connection and also a brand-new sibling in arms.

Family Arms

At Life's Minutes wedding events we can offer detailed guidance on Celtic/Scottish/Irish events, from building of the ceremony to the last true blessing in Gaelic we can assist you produce the day of your dreams ...

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