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Events recognizing Celtic origins and traditions have long been popular. From the stirring cry of the bag pipe to the dress of official tartan and kilt, wedding celebrations based upon facets of Celtic tradition can give long-term memories. Elements of these wedding events could include part or every one of the following:

Anam Cara - Actually, the Hearts Partner, this practice is a unique ceremony commemorating the production of a timeless love forever more. This celebration of the elements; to the Celts the four elements Earth, Fire, Water and Air were the foundations on which an effective partnership were built.

Anam Cara

This custom was adjusted as Christianity moved right into the Celtic lands and also continues to be a wonderful means to include loved ones in your event.

Handfasting

Handfasting - A ceremony going back to antiquity, Handfasting is a tradition of marriage before the availability of rings as well as rare-earth elements. The couple would take a piece of cloth or rope and before their friends and families, declare their love and intent by reciting a few words and binding themselves together symbolically with the cordage. It is from this custom we still refer to marriage as "tying the knot".

Oathing Stone -- What better place to put the assurances of a lifetime and eternity than in the heart of a stone? The oathing stone is held by the bride and groom while their vows are stated, then in some traditions is tossed into a deep body of water to hold those pledges for evermore. Today that stone could be maintained as a remembrance of this wedding.

Oathing Stone

The Quaich - Initially crafted from timber the double handled Quaich was a Scotsman's canteen, mess kit as well as drinking mug rolled into one. King James of Scotland offered 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 know as the "loving cup". This beautiful event shares the true blessings of Kith and also Kin to the couple.

The Quaich

Pinning of the Tartan

Pinning of the Tartan - A bride-to-be is officially accepted right into the groom's family via this ceremony. Normally the oldest woman member of the groom's family offers a piece of the household 's Tartan to the new bride signifying 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 home. This event is the recognition of the male participants of the new bride's family members that they too now have a new relationship and a new brother in arms.

Family Arms

At Life's Minutes wedding events we can offer extensive assistance on Celtic/Scottish/Irish ceremonies, from building of the event to the last true blessing in Gaelic we can help you create the day of your desires ...


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