Scottish – Irish – Celtic

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Celebrations recognizing Celtic roots as well as traditions have actually long been preferred. From the stirring cry of the bag pipe to the outfit of official tartan and kilt, wedding events based on elements of Celtic practice can provide long lasting memories. Aspects of these wedding celebrations could include part or every one of the following:

Anam Cara - Literally, the Hearts Partner, this custom is a special event celebrating the development of a timeless love forever more. This celebration of the aspects; to the Celts the four aspects Earth, Fire, Water and Air were the foundations on which an effective relationship were developed.

Anam Cara

This practice was adjusted as Christianity moved into the Celtic lands and continues to be a remarkable way to include family and friends in your ceremony.


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

Oathing Stone -- Just what better place to put the assurances of a life time and eternity than in the heart of a stone? The oathing stone is held by the bride and groom while their vows are recited, after that in some customs is tossed right into a deep body of water to hold those promises for evermore. Today that stone may be kept as a remembrance of this wedding.

Oathing Stone

The Quaich - Originally crafted from timber the twin handled Quaich was a Scotsman's canteen, mess kit and drinking vessel 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 ceremony, from that point on the Quaich has been referred to as the "loving cup". This lovely event shares the blessings of Kith as well as Kin to the couple.

The Quaich

Pinning of the Tartan

Pinning of the Tartan - A bride is formally accepted right into the groom's family through this event. Normally the oldest woman member of the groom's family provides a piece of the family member 's Tartan to the bride-to-be symbolizing 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 protection of fireplace and house. This event is the recognition of the male members of the new bride's family that they too now have a new relationship and a brand-new brother in arms.

Family Arms

At Life's Minutes weddings we can offer thorough support on Celtic/Scottish/Irish ceremonies, from construction of the event to the last blessing in Gaelic we can help you produce the day of your dreams ...

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