Scottish – Irish – Celtic

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Events honoring Celtic origins and customs have long been popular. From the stirring cry of the bag pipe to the outfit of official tartan and kilt, wedding events based on aspects of Celtic custom can supply long lasting memories. Facets of these wedding events can include part or all the following:

Anam Cara - Actually, the Hearts Partner, this practice is a one-of-a-kind ceremony celebrating the development of a classic love forever more. This event of the components; to the Celts the 4 components Earth, Fire, Water and Air were the foundations on which a successful relationship were constructed.

Anam Cara

This tradition was adjusted as Christianity relocated into the Celtic lands and also continues to be a remarkable way to include loved ones in your ceremony.


Handfasting - An event going back to classical times, Handfasting is a practice of marriage prior to the availability of rings as well as rare-earth elements. The couple would take an item of fabric or rope and before their families and friends, declare their love and intent by reciting a couple of words as well as binding themselves with each other symbolically with the rope. It is from this tradition we still describe marriage as "tying the knot".

Oathing Stone -- Exactly what better area to place the assurances of a lifetime and 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 tossed into a deep body of water to hold those promises for evermore. Today that stone might be kept as a remembrance of this wedding.

Oathing Stone

The Quaich - Initially crafted from timber the double handled Quaich was a Scotsman's canteen, mess kit as well as drinking cup rolled right 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 called the "loving cup". This gorgeous 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-to-be is formally approved into the bridegroom's family with this event. Normally the oldest female member of the bridegroom's family offers a piece of the family member 's Tartan to the new bride indicating she is currently linked right into all the doings of the clan.

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

Family Arms

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

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