Scottish – Irish – Celtic

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Celebrations honoring Celtic origins and customs have long been prominent. From the stirring cry of the bag pipe to the outfit of formal tartan and kilt, wedding celebrations based upon facets of Celtic custom can provide long lasting memories. Facets of these wedding events can include part or all of the following:

Anam Cara - Literally, the Hearts Partner, this tradition is a special event commemorating the production of a timeless love now and forever more. This event of the components; to the Celts the 4 elements Earth, Fire, Water and Air were the structures on which a successful relationship were constructed.

Anam Cara

This tradition was adapted as Christianity relocated into the Celtic lands and continues to be a remarkable way to include loved ones in your ceremony.


Handfasting - An event going back right to antiquity, Handfasting is a tradition of marriage prior to the accessibility of rings and precious metals. The couple would take an item of cloth or rope and before their friends and families, proclaim their love and purpose by reciting a couple of words as well as 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 pledges 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 stated, then in some practices is thrown right into a deep body of water to hold those promises for evermore. Today that stone might be kept as a remembrance of this wedding.

Oathing Stone

The Quaich - Originally 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 provided his betrothed Anne of Denmark a Quaich as a symbol of his love for her during the marriage ceremony, from that point on the Quaich has been referred to as the "loving cup". This beautiful event communicates 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 formally approved right into the groom's family through this ceremony. Usually the oldest female participant of the bridegroom's family offers a swatch of the household 's Tartan to the new bride signifying she is now interwoven right into all the behaviors of the clan.

The presentation of the family sword - The martial origins of the Celtic individuals revolved around the defense of fireplace as well as house. This ceremony is the acknowledgement of the male participants of the bride's household that they too now have a brand-new connection as well as a new sibling in arms.

Family Arms

At Life's Minutes weddings we can supply comprehensive guidance on Celtic/Scottish/Irish events, from building and construction of the ceremony to the final blessing in Gaelic we can help you produce the day of your desires ...

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