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Events honoring Celtic origins as well as practices have long been popular. From the stirring cry of the bag pipe to the gown of official tartan and kilt, wedding celebrations based upon facets of Celtic custom can supply long-term memories. Aspects of these wedding celebrations can include part or all of the following:

Anam Cara - Literally, the Hearts Partner, this practice is a distinct event celebrating the creation of an ageless love forever more. This event of the elements; to the Celts the four elements Earth, Fire, Water and Air were the structures on which a successful partnership were constructed.

Anam Cara

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


Handfasting - An event going back right to classical times, Handfasting is a tradition of marriage before the availability of rings and also precious metals. The couple would take a piece of fabric or rope and before their families and friends, state their love and intent by reciting a couple of words and binding themselves together symbolically with the rope. It is from this custom we still describe marriage as "tying the knot".

Oathing Stone -- Exactly what better area 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 groom and bride while their vows are stated, then in some customs is tossed into a deep body of water to hold those pledges for evermore. Today that stone could be kept as a remembrance of this special day.

Oathing Stone

The Quaich - Initially crafted from timber the double handled Quaich was a Scotsman's canteen, mess kit as well as drinking cup rolled right into one. King James of Scotland offered his betrothed Anne of Denmark a Quaich as a sign of his love for her during the marriage ceremony, from that point on the Quaich has actually been called the "loving cup". This lovely ceremony shares the true blessings of Kith and also Kin to the couple.

The Quaich

Pinning of the Tartan

Pinning of the Tartan - A new bride is formally settled for into the groom's family with this event. Generally the oldest female participant of the groom's family gives a swatch of the household 's Tartan to the bride signifying she is now interwoven into all the doings of the clan.

The presentation of the family sword - The martial origins of the Celtic peoples revolved around the protection of fireplace and also residence. This event is the recognition of the male participants of the new bride's household that they too currently have a brand-new partnership as well as a brand-new brother in arms.

Family Arms

At Life's Minutes wedding celebrations we can offer thorough guidance on Celtic/Scottish/Irish ceremonies, from construction of the event to the last true blessing in Gaelic we can help you produce the day of your desires ...

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