Scottish – Irish – Celtic

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Celebrations recognizing Celtic origins as well as traditions have actually long been prominent. From the stirring cry of the bag pipe to the gown of formal tartan and kilt, wedding celebrations based upon facets of Celtic practice can give long-term memories. Aspects of these wedding celebrations can consist of part or every one of the following:

Anam Cara - Actually, the Hearts other Half, this tradition is a unique event commemorating the development of a classic love forever more. This celebration of the components; to the Celts the four components Earth, Fire, Water and Air were the structures on which a successful partnership were built.

Anam Cara

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


Handfasting - An event going back to antiquity, Handfasting is a tradition of marriage prior to the accessibility of rings and precious metals. The couple would take a piece of cloth or rope and before their families and friends, proclaim their love and intention by stating a couple of words and also binding themselves together symbolically with the rope. It is from this practice we still describe marriage as "tying the knot".

Oathing Stone -- Just what better place to place the promises of a life time as well as eternity than in the heart of a stone? The oathing stone is held by the couple while their pledges are recited, then in some customs is tossed right into a deep body of water to hold those promises for evermore. Today that stone may be maintained as a remembrance of this big day.

Oathing Stone

The Quaich - Originally crafted from timber the twin 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 called the "loving cup". This beautiful event communicates the true blessings of Kith and Kin to the couple.

The Quaich

Pinning of the Tartan

Pinning of the Tartan - A bride is officially settled for into the bridegroom's family via this ceremony. Usually the oldest female member of the bridegroom's family gives a swatch of the family member 's Tartan to the bride representing she is now interwoven 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 residence. This ceremony is the acknowledgement of the male members of the bride-to-be's household that they too currently have a new connection and a new brother in arms.

Family Arms

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

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