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Events honoring Celtic roots as well as customs have long been preferred. From the stirring cry of the bag pipe to the outfit of formal tartan and kilt, wedding celebrations based on elements of Celtic custom can supply lasting memories. Elements of these weddings could consist of part or all 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 event of the elements; to the Celts the 4 aspects Earth, Fire, Water and Air were the structures on which an effective connection were constructed.

Anam Cara

This tradition was adjusted as Christianity relocated into the Celtic lands and also remains to be a wonderful means to include family and friends in your event.


Handfasting - A ceremony dating back right to classical times, Handfasting is a custom of marriage prior to the availability of rings and also rare-earth elements. The couple would take an item of cloth or rope and before their families and friends, declare their love and purpose by reciting a few words and also binding themselves with each other symbolically with the rope. It is from this tradition we still describe marriage as "tying the knot".

Oathing Stone -- Exactly what better area to place the assurances of a lifetime as well as eternity than in the heart of a stone? The oathing stone is held by the bride and groom while their promises are recited, then in some customs is tossed into a deep body of water to hold those assurances for evermore. Today that stone could be kept as a remembrance of this wedding.

Oathing Stone

The Quaich - Originally crafted from wood the twin handled Quaich was a Scotsman's canteen, mess kit as well as drinking cup rolled right into one. King James of Scotland provided his betrothed Anne of Denmark a Quaich as a symbol of his love for her during the wedding, from that point on the Quaich has been know as the "loving cup". This stunning 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-to-be is officially accepted into the groom's family through this event. Typically the oldest female participant of the bridegroom's family gives a swatch of the household 's Tartan to the bride symbolizing she is now interwoven into all the doings of the clan.

The presentation of the family sword - The martial roots of the Celtic individuals revolved around the protection of hearth and also residence. This ceremony is the recognition of the male members of the bride's family members that they too now have a new connection as well as a brand-new brother in arms.

Family Arms

At Life's Minutes weddings we can provide detailed support on Celtic/Scottish/Irish events, from construction of the event to the final blessing in Gaelic we can help you produce the day of your desires ...

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