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Celebrations recognizing Celtic roots as well as customs have actually long been prominent. From the stirring cry of the bag pipe to the gown of formal tartan and kilt, wedding events based upon aspects of Celtic practice can give lasting memories. Elements of these weddings could consist of part or every one of the following:

Anam Cara - Essentially, the Hearts Partner, this practice is a unique 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 an effective partnership were constructed.

Anam Cara

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

Handfasting

Handfasting - A ceremony dating back to antiquity, Handfasting is a tradition of marriage before the availability 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 stating a couple of words and binding themselves together symbolically with the cordage. It is from this practice we still refer to marriage as "tying the knot".

Oathing Stone -- Exactly what better location to place the pledges of a lifetime as well as eternity than in the heart of a stone? The oathing stone is held by the bride and groom while their vows 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 maintained as a remembrance of this special day.

Oathing Stone

The Quaich - Originally crafted from timber the double handled Quaich was a Scotsman's canteen, mess kit and drinking vessel rolled into one. King James of Scotland offered 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 know as the "loving cup". This lovely event conveys the true blessings of Kith as well as Kin to the couple.

The Quaich

Pinning of the Tartan

Pinning of the Tartan - A bride is officially approved into the groom's family through this event. Generally the oldest woman member of the bridegroom's family provides a swatch of the household 's Tartan to the bride indicating she is currently linked right into all the doings of the clan.

The presentation of the family sword - The martial roots of the Celtic individuals revolved around the protection of hearth as well as home. This ceremony is the recognition of the male participants of the new bride's household that they also currently have a new connection as well as a brand-new brother in arms.

Family Arms

At Life's Minutes weddings we can give detailed support on Celtic/Scottish/Irish events, from building of the ceremony to the final true blessing in Gaelic we can help you create the day of your dreams ...


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