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Events recognizing Celtic roots and traditions have long been prominent. From the stirring cry of the bag pipe to the gown of formal tartan and kilt, weddings based on elements of Celtic practice can provide enduring memories. Elements of these weddings could consist of part or all the following:

Anam Cara - Essentially, the Hearts Partner, this practice is a unique event commemorating the creation of an ageless love forever more. This celebration of the components; to the Celts the four elements Earth, Fire, Water and Air were the foundations on which an effective connection were constructed.

Anam Cara

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

Handfasting

Handfasting - A ceremony dating back right to classical times, Handfasting is a tradition of marriage prior to the accessibility of rings as well as rare-earth elements. The couple would take an item of cloth or rope and before their families and friends, state their love and purpose by stating a few words and binding themselves with each other symbolically with the cordage. It is from this tradition we still refer to marriage as "tying the knot".

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

Oathing Stone

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

The Quaich

Pinning of the Tartan

Pinning of the Tartan - A bride-to-be is officially accepted right into the bridegroom's family through this ceremony. Typically the oldest woman participant of the groom's family offers a swatch of the household 's Tartan to the bride indicating she is currently linked right into all the behaviors of the clan.

The presentation of the family sword - The martial roots of the Celtic peoples focused on the defense of hearth and home. This ceremony is the recognition of the male participants of the bride-to-be's household that they too now have a new relationship and also a new sibling in arms.

Family Arms

At Life's Minutes wedding events we can provide thorough guidance on Celtic/Scottish/Irish ceremonies, from building and construction of the ceremony to the last blessing in Gaelic we can help you create the day of your desires ...


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