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Celebrations recognizing Celtic roots and customs have long been popular. From the stirring cry of the bag pipe to the gown of formal tartan and kilt, wedding events based upon elements of Celtic custom can provide long-term memories. Aspects of these wedding celebrations could include part or all of the following:

Anam Cara - Actually, the Hearts Partner, this custom is a special ceremony commemorating the creation of a timeless love forever more. This event of the elements; to the Celts the 4 aspects Earth, Fire, Water and Air were the foundations on which a successful partnership were built.

Anam Cara

This practice was adapted as Christianity moved into the Celtic lands and also remains to be a remarkable way to include family and friends in your event.

Handfasting

Handfasting - A ceremony going back to antiquity, Handfasting is a practice of marriage prior to the accessibility of rings and precious metals. The couple would take an item of cloth or rope and before their families and friends, declare their love and intention by reciting a couple of words and also binding themselves together symbolically with the cordage. It is from this practice we still describe marriage as "tying the knot".

Oathing Stone -- Exactly what better location to put the promises of a life time and also eternity than in the heart of a stone? The oathing stone is held by the bride and groom while their pledges are recited, 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 big day.

Oathing Stone

The Quaich - Initially crafted from wood the twin handled Quaich was a Scotsman's canteen, mess kit and drinking cup rolled right into one. King James of Scotland offered his betrothed Anne of Denmark a Quaich as a symbol of his love for her throughout the marriage ceremony, from that point on the Quaich has actually been referred to as the "loving cup". This attractive event communicates the true blessings of Kith and 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 with this ceremony. Usually the oldest woman participant of the bridegroom's family gives a piece of the family member 's Tartan to the bride signifying she is now linked right into all the behaviors of the clan.

The presentation of the family sword - The martial roots of the Celtic peoples revolved around the protection of fireplace and also home. This event is the acknowledgement of the male members of the new bride's household that they too currently have a brand-new connection and also a new brother in arms.

Family Arms

At Life's Minutes weddings we can supply detailed support on Celtic/Scottish/Irish ceremonies, from building of the event to the last true blessing in Gaelic we can help you produce the day of your dreams ...


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