Scottish – Irish – Celtic

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Events recognizing Celtic origins as well as practices have long been popular. From the stirring cry of the bag pipe to the dress of official tartan and kilt, wedding celebrations based upon elements of Celtic practice can offer long-term memories. Facets of these weddings can consist of part or all of the following:

Anam Cara - Literally, the Hearts other Half, this practice is a distinct event commemorating the development of an ageless love now and forever more. This event of the components; to the Celts the four elements Earth, Fire, Water and Air were the structures on which an effective relationship were built.

Anam Cara

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


Handfasting - A ceremony dating back to antiquity, Handfasting is a tradition of marriage before the availability of rings as well as precious metals. The couple would take an item of cloth or rope and before their friends and families, state their love and intention by reciting a few words and binding themselves together symbolically with the rope. It is from this custom we still describe marriage as "tying the knot".

Oathing Stone -- What better area to put the assurances 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 stated, after that in some customs is thrown right into a deep body of water to hold those pledges for evermore. Today that stone might be maintained as a remembrance of this special day.

Oathing Stone

The Quaich - Originally crafted from timber the twin handled Quaich was a Scotsman's canteen, mess kit and also drinking mug rolled right into one. King James of Scotland provided 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 referred to as the "loving cup". This lovely ceremony 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-to-be is officially approved into the bridegroom's family via this event. Generally the oldest female member of the groom's family gives a piece of the household 's Tartan to the new bride signifying she is currently interwoven into all the doings of the clan.

The presentation of the family sword - The martial roots of the Celtic peoples revolved around the defense of fireplace and home. This event is the acknowledgement of the male members of the bride-to-be's household that they too now have a new connection as well as a brand-new brother in arms.

Family Arms

At Life's Minutes weddings we can provide comprehensive assistance on Celtic/Scottish/Irish ceremonies, from construction of the ceremony to the final blessing in Gaelic we can assist you produce the day of your dreams ...

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