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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 official tartan and kilt, wedding celebrations based upon elements of Celtic tradition can offer lasting memories. Elements of these wedding events could consist of part or all of the following:

Anam Cara - Literally, the Hearts other Half, this practice is a special ceremony commemorating the development of a timeless love forever more. This celebration of the elements; to the Celts the four elements Earth, Fire, Water and Air were the structures on which an effective relationship were constructed.

Anam Cara

This tradition was adapted as Christianity moved into the Celtic lands and also remains to be a fantastic way to include friends and family in your event.


Handfasting - An event dating back to classical times, Handfasting is a custom of marriage prior to the availability of rings and precious metals. The couple would take a piece of cloth or rope and before their families and friends, declare their love and intention by stating a couple of words and also binding themselves with each other symbolically with the rope. It is from this tradition we still describe marriage as "tying the knot".

Oathing Stone -- What better place to place the guarantees of a life time as well as eternity than in the heart of a stone? The oathing stone is held by the groom and bride while their vows are recited, then in some customs is tossed right into a deep body of water to hold those pledges 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 wedding, from that point on the Quaich has actually been referred to as the "loving cup". This stunning event shares the blessings of Kith and Kin to the couple.

The Quaich

Pinning of the Tartan

Pinning of the Tartan - A bride-to-be is formally approved into the groom's family with this event. Generally the oldest woman participant of the groom's family gives a piece of the household 's Tartan to the new bride representing she is now linked right into all the behaviors of the clan.

The presentation of the family sword - The martial roots of the Celtic individuals focused on the protection of hearth as well as home. This event is the acknowledgement of the male participants of the bride-to-be's family members that they as well now have a brand-new connection as well as a new brother in arms.

Family Arms

At Life's Minutes wedding events we can supply extensive support on Celtic/Scottish/Irish ceremonies, from building and construction of the ceremony to the final blessing in Gaelic we can assist you develop the day of your desires ...

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