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Celebrations honoring Celtic roots as well as traditions have long been popular. From the stirring cry of the bag pipe to the dress of formal tartan and kilt, wedding celebrations based on aspects of Celtic tradition can supply lasting memories. Aspects of these weddings can consist of part or all of the following:

Anam Cara - Literally, the Hearts other Half, this custom is an one-of-a-kind ceremony commemorating the production of a classic love forever more. This celebration of the elements; to the Celts the 4 elements Earth, Fire, Water and Air were the structures on which an effective relationship were developed.

Anam Cara

This custom was adapted as Christianity relocated into the Celtic lands and remains to be a remarkable way to include friends and family in your event.

Handfasting

Handfasting - A ceremony going back right to classical times, Handfasting is a custom of marriage before the accessibility of rings and precious metals. The couple would take a piece of cloth or rope and before their friends and families, state their love and intent by reciting 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 -- Exactly what better place to put the guarantees of a life time and also eternity than in the heart of a stone? The oathing stone is held by the couple while their pledges are stated, then in some practices is tossed into a deep body of water to hold those assurances for evermore. Today that stone may be kept as a remembrance of this special day.

Oathing Stone

The Quaich - Initially crafted from wood the double handled Quaich was a Scotsman's canteen, mess kit and drinking vessel rolled into one. King James of Scotland provided his betrothed Anne of Denmark a Quaich as a sign of his love for her throughout the marriage ceremony, From that point on the Quaich has been referred to as the "loving cup". This gorgeous event communicates 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 into the groom's family via this event. Normally the oldest female member of the groom's family gives a swatch of the household 's Tartan to the bride-to-be representing she is currently interwoven into all the behaviors of the clan.

The presentation of the family sword - The martial roots of the Celtic individuals focused on the defense of fireplace and also home. This ceremony is the recognition of the male members of the bride-to-be's household that they too now have a new partnership as well as a new sibling in arms.

Family Arms

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


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