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Celebrations recognizing Celtic origins as well as practices have long been popular. From the stirring cry of the bag pipe to the dress of official tartan and kilt, weddings based on elements of Celtic tradition can supply lasting memories. Elements of these wedding celebrations can consist of part or every one of the following:

Anam Cara - Essentially, the Hearts other Half, this practice is a unique event celebrating the creation of a classic love forever more. This celebration of the aspects; to the Celts the 4 aspects Earth, Fire, Water and Air were the structures on which a successful partnership were built.

Anam Cara

This tradition was adapted as Christianity moved into the Celtic lands and also remains to be a wonderful way to include friends and family in your ceremony.

Handfasting

Handfasting - An event going back right to antiquity, Handfasting is a practice of marriage before the availability of rings as well as precious metals. The couple would take an item of fabric or rope and before their friends and families, state their love and intent by stating a few words and also binding themselves with each other symbolically with the cordage. It is from this practice we still describe marriage as "tying the knot".

Oathing Stone -- Exactly what better place to place the promises of a lifetime as well as eternity than in the heart of a stone? The oathing stone is held by the couple while their vows are stated, then in some traditions is thrown right into a deep body of water to hold those promises for evermore. Today that stone could be kept as a remembrance of this special day.

Oathing Stone

The Quaich - Originally crafted from wood the twin handled Quaich was a Scotsman's canteen, mess kit and drinking vessel rolled right into one. King James of Scotland provided his betrothed Anne of Denmark a Quaich as a sign of his love for her during the marriage, From that point on the Quaich has been referred to as the "loving cup". This beautiful event conveys the true blessings of Kith and Kin to the couple.

The Quaich

Pinning of the Tartan

Pinning of the Tartan - A bride is formally accepted right into the bridegroom's family with this ceremony. Normally the oldest female member of the bridegroom's family provides a swatch of the household 's Tartan to the bride signifying she is now linked into all the doings of the clan.

The presentation of the family sword - The martial roots of the Celtic individuals revolved around the defense of hearth and also residence. This ceremony is the acknowledgement of the male participants of the new bride's family members that they as well now have a new partnership as well as a brand-new sibling 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 final blessing in Gaelic we can help you create the day of your dreams ...


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