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Events recognizing Celtic roots as well as traditions have long been prominent. From the stirring cry of the bag pipe to the gown of formal tartan and kilt, wedding celebrations based upon elements of Celtic tradition can provide enduring memories. Elements of these wedding celebrations can include part or all of the following:

Anam Cara - Literally, the Hearts Partner, this practice is a distinct ceremony celebrating the development of an ageless love forever more. This celebration of the components; to the Celts the four components Earth, Fire, Water and Air were the structures on which an effective partnership were developed.

Anam Cara

This custom was adapted as Christianity moved into the Celtic lands and remains to be a wonderful means to include loved ones in your ceremony.


Handfasting - An event going back right to antiquity, Handfasting is a custom of marriage prior to the accessibility of rings as well as precious metals. The couple would take a piece of cloth or rope and before their families and friends, declare their love and intent by stating a couple of words as well as binding themselves together symbolically with the rope. It is from this custom we still refer to marriage as "tying the knot".

Oathing Stone -- Just what better place to place the assurances of a life time and 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 traditions is tossed right into a deep body of water to hold those promises for evermore. Today that stone may be kept as a remembrance of this wedding.

Oathing Stone

The Quaich - Originally crafted from wood the double handled Quaich was a Scotsman's canteen, mess kit and also drinking vessel rolled right into one. King James of Scotland provided his betrothed Anne of Denmark a Quaich as a sign of his love for her throughout the wedding, from that point on the Quaich has been referred to as the "loving cup". This attractive 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 bride is officially approved right into the groom's family through this ceremony. Usually the oldest woman member of the groom's family gives a piece of the household 's Tartan to the bride signifying she is now interwoven into all the doings of the clan.

The presentation of the family sword - The martial origins of the Celtic peoples revolved around the defense of hearth and house. This event is the recognition of the male participants of the bride-to-be's household that they also now have a new relationship as well as a new sibling in arms.

Family Arms

At Life's Minutes wedding celebrations we can give extensive guidance on Celtic/Scottish/Irish ceremonies, from building of the event to the last blessing in Gaelic we can help you create the day of your dreams ...

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