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Celebrations honoring Celtic origins as well as customs have long been prominent. From the stirring cry of the bag pipe to the dress of formal tartan and kilt, weddings based upon elements of Celtic custom can offer long lasting memories. Elements of these wedding celebrations could consist of part or all of the following:

Anam Cara - Actually, the Hearts other Half, this practice is a special event commemorating the production of a classic love forever more. This event of the elements; to the Celts the 4 components Earth, Fire, Water and Air were the foundations on which an effective partnership were developed.

Anam Cara

This tradition was adjusted as Christianity moved into the Celtic lands and continues 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 practice of marriage prior to the accessibility of rings and precious metals. The couple would take a piece of fabric or rope and before their friends and families, declare their love and intent by stating a couple of words and binding themselves together symbolically with the cordage. It is from this practice we still refer to marriage as "tying the knot".

Oathing Stone -- Just what better location to place the pledges of a life time as well as eternity than in the heart of a stone? The oathing stone is held by the couple while their pledges are recited, then in some practices is thrown into a deep body of water to hold those assurances for evermore. Today that stone may be kept as a remembrance of this wedding.

Oathing Stone

The Quaich - Originally crafted from wood the twin handled Quaich was a Scotsman's canteen, mess kit as well as drinking mug rolled into one. King James of Scotland provided his betrothed Anne of Denmark a Quaich as a symbol of his love for her throughout the wedding, from that point on the Quaich has been called the "loving cup". This beautiful ceremony communicates the blessings of Kith as well as Kin to the couple.

The Quaich

Pinning of the Tartan

Pinning of the Tartan - A bride is formally settled for right into the groom's family with this ceremony. Generally the oldest woman participant of the bridegroom's family gives a swatch of the household 's Tartan to the bride-to-be representing she is now linked 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 fireplace as well as home. This ceremony is the acknowledgement of the male members of the new bride's family members that they also now have a new partnership and a new sibling in arms.

Family Arms

At Life's Minutes weddings we can give comprehensive guidance on Celtic/Scottish/Irish events, from building and construction of the ceremony to the last true blessing in Gaelic we can assist you produce the day of your desires ...


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