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Celebrations honoring Celtic roots and also practices have long been preferred. From the stirring cry of the bag pipe to the dress of formal tartan and kilt, wedding events based upon facets of Celtic custom can give enduring memories. Elements of these wedding events can consist of part or all of the following:

Anam Cara - Literally, the Hearts Partner, this practice is a distinct ceremony celebrating the production of a timeless love now and forever more. This event of the components; to the Celts the four components Earth, Fire, Water and Air were the structures on which an effective relationship were developed.

Anam Cara

This custom was adapted as Christianity moved right into the Celtic lands and also remains to be a wonderful means to include family and friends in your event.

Handfasting

Handfasting - An event going back to antiquity, Handfasting is a custom of marriage before the availability of rings as well as precious metals. The couple would take an item of cloth or rope and before their friends and families, state their love and intent by stating a few 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 -- Exactly 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 vows are stated, then in some traditions is thrown right into a deep body of water to hold those guarantees for evermore. Today that stone may be kept as a remembrance of this big day.

Oathing Stone

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

The Quaich

Pinning of the Tartan

Pinning of the Tartan - A new bride is officially accepted right into the groom's family through this event. Usually the oldest woman member of the bridegroom's family gives a swatch of the household 's Tartan to the bride-to-be symbolizing she is currently interwoven 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 house. This event is the acknowledgement of the male members of the 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 provide comprehensive guidance on Celtic/Scottish/Irish ceremonies, from building of the ceremony to the last true blessing in Gaelic we can help you create the day of your dreams ...


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