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Events recognizing 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 celebrations based upon aspects of Celtic practice can give lasting memories. Facets of these wedding events can include part or all of the following:

Anam Cara - Essentially, the Hearts Partner, this tradition is a special ceremony commemorating the production of an ageless love forever more. This event of the elements; to the Celts the four components Earth, Fire, Water and Air were the structures on which a successful connection were developed.

Anam Cara

This practice was adapted as Christianity relocated into the Celtic lands and also remains to be a wonderful means to include friends and family in your event.

Handfasting

Handfasting - A ceremony going back to classical times, Handfasting is a practice of marriage before the availability of rings and also precious metals. The couple would take an item of cloth or rope and before their friends and families, state their love and purpose by stating a few words and also 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 place the guarantees of a lifetime and eternity than in the heart of a stone? The oathing stone is held by the groom and bride while their pledges are recited, then in some customs is tossed into a deep body of water to hold those guarantees for evermore. Today that stone may be maintained as a remembrance of this special day.

Oathing Stone

The Quaich - Originally crafted from wood the double handled Quaich was a Scotsman's canteen, mess kit and drinking vessel 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 beautiful event conveys the blessings of Kith and Kin to the couple.

The Quaich

Pinning of the Tartan

Pinning of the Tartan - A new bride is officially settled for right into the bridegroom's family with this ceremony. Usually the oldest female participant of the bridegroom's family offers a piece of the household 's Tartan to the bride symbolizing she is now linked right into all the doings of the clan.

The presentation of the family sword - The martial roots of the Celtic peoples revolved around the protection of hearth and also house. This event is the recognition of the male members of the new bride's family that they also now have a brand-new connection and a new sibling in arms.

Family Arms

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


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