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Celebrations honoring Celtic origins as well as traditions have long been preferred. From the stirring cry of the bag pipe to the gown of formal tartan and kilt, wedding celebrations based on facets of Celtic custom can supply long lasting memories. Aspects of these weddings could include part or all the following:

Anam Cara - Essentially, the Hearts Partner, this practice is a special event commemorating the creation of a timeless love forever more. This celebration of the elements; to the Celts the four aspects Earth, Fire, Water and Air were the structures on which an effective partnership were built.

Anam Cara

This practice was adjusted as Christianity relocated right into the Celtic lands and also continues to be a remarkable way to include friends and family in your ceremony.


Handfasting - A ceremony going back to classical times, Handfasting is a practice of marriage prior to the accessibility of rings as well as rare-earth elements. The couple would take a piece of fabric or rope and before their families and friends, declare their love and intent by stating a couple of 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 place to place the assurances of a lifetime and eternity than in the heart of a stone? The oathing stone is held by the bride and groom while their pledges are stated, then in some customs is thrown into a deep body of water to hold those guarantees for evermore. Today that stone could be maintained as a remembrance of this wedding.

Oathing Stone

The Quaich - Initially crafted from timber the twin handled Quaich was a Scotsman's canteen, mess kit and also drinking cup rolled right into one. King James of Scotland offered 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 been know as the "loving cup". This attractive ceremony communicates 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 into the bridegroom's family through this ceremony. Usually the oldest female member of the bridegroom's family gives a piece of the family member 's Tartan to the bride-to-be signifying she is currently linked into all the behaviors of the clan.

The presentation of the family sword - The martial origins of the Celtic peoples revolved around the protection of fireplace as well as house. This ceremony is the acknowledgement of the male participants of the bride'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 weddings we can give extensive guidance on Celtic/Scottish/Irish ceremonies, from building and construction of the ceremony to the final blessing in Gaelic we can help you develop the day of your desires ...

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