Scottish – Irish – Celtic

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Events honoring Celtic roots and traditions have actually long been preferred. From the stirring cry of the bag pipe to the gown of official tartan and kilt, weddings based upon aspects of Celtic practice can supply long-term memories. Facets of these wedding events can consist of part or all of the following:

Anam Cara - Literally, the Hearts Partner, this practice is a one-of-a-kind event celebrating the creation of a timeless love forever more. This event of the aspects; to the Celts the 4 aspects Earth, Fire, Water and Air were the foundations on which a successful partnership were built.

Anam Cara

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


Handfasting - A ceremony going back to antiquity, Handfasting is a tradition of marriage prior to the accessibility of rings as well as precious metals. The couple would take an item of fabric or rope and before their families and friends, declare their love and purpose by stating a few words and binding themselves with each other symbolically with the cordage. It is from this tradition we still describe marriage as "tying the knot".

Oathing Stone -- Just what better area to put the promises of a life time as well as eternity than in the heart of a stone? The oathing stone is held by the bride and groom while their vows are recited, after that in some traditions is thrown into a deep body of water to hold those assurances for evermore. Today that stone might be kept as a remembrance of this big day.

Oathing Stone

The Quaich - Initially crafted from wood the double handled Quaich was a Scotsman's canteen, mess kit and also drinking mug rolled into one. King James of Scotland gave his betrothed Anne of Denmark a Quaich as a symbol of his love for her throughout the marriage ceremony, from that point on the Quaich has been know as the "loving cup". This gorgeous event shares 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 formally settled for right into the groom's family through this event. Normally the oldest woman member of the groom's family offers a swatch of the family member 's Tartan to the new bride signifying she is currently interwoven into all the behaviors of the clan.

The presentation of the family sword - The martial roots of the Celtic peoples focused on the protection of hearth and also home. This event is the recognition of the male participants of the new bride's family that they too currently have a brand-new partnership as well as a new sibling in arms.

Family Arms

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

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