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Events honoring Celtic roots and practices have actually long been prominent. From the stirring cry of the bag pipe to the outfit of formal tartan and kilt, wedding events based on elements of Celtic practice can offer long-term memories. Elements of these weddings could consist of part or every one of the following:

Anam Cara - Literally, the Hearts Partner, this custom is a special ceremony celebrating the creation of an ageless love forever more. This event of the elements; to the Celts the 4 aspects Earth, Fire, Water and Air were the structures on which an effective relationship were constructed.

Anam Cara

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

Handfasting

Handfasting - A ceremony dating back to classical times, Handfasting is a custom of marriage prior to the availability of rings and rare-earth elements. The couple would take a piece of fabric or rope and before their families and friends, state their love and purpose by reciting a couple of words as well as binding themselves together symbolically with the rope. It is from this custom we still refer to marriage as "tying the knot".

Oathing Stone -- Just what better area to put the promises of a life time 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 traditions is thrown into a deep body of water to hold those pledges for evermore. Today that stone may be maintained as a remembrance of this big day.

Oathing Stone

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

The Quaich

Pinning of the Tartan

Pinning of the Tartan - A new bride is officially accepted into the bridegroom's family through this ceremony. Generally the oldest female participant of the bridegroom's family provides a swatch of the household 's Tartan to the bride signifying she is now linked into all the doings of the clan.

The presentation of the family sword - The martial origins of the Celtic peoples focused on the defense of hearth as well as home. This ceremony is the recognition of the male participants of the bride-to-be's family that they too currently have a new relationship and a brand-new brother in arms.

Family Arms

At Life's Minutes wedding events we can provide comprehensive guidance on Celtic/Scottish/Irish events, from construction of the ceremony to the final blessing in Gaelic we can help you produce the day of your dreams ...


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