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Celebrations recognizing Celtic roots and also practices have actually long been popular. From the stirring cry of the bag pipe to the outfit of official tartan and kilt, weddings based on facets of Celtic practice can offer lasting memories. Facets of these weddings can include part or all of the following:

Anam Cara - Literally, the Hearts Partner, this custom is a special event celebrating the creation of a timeless love forever more. This celebration of the elements; to the Celts the 4 components Earth, Fire, Water and Air were the structures on which an effective relationship were constructed.

Anam Cara

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


Handfasting - A ceremony dating back to classical times, Handfasting is a tradition of marriage before the availability of rings as well as precious metals. The couple would take an item of fabric or rope and before their friends and families, proclaim their love and purpose by reciting a couple of words and binding themselves together symbolically with the cordage. It is from this custom we still refer to marriage as "tying the knot".

Oathing Stone -- Just what better place to place the pledges of a lifetime and eternity than in the heart of a stone? The oathing stone is held by the bride and groom while their promises are stated, then in some practices is tossed 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 twin handled Quaich was a Scotsman's canteen, mess kit and drinking mug rolled right into one. King James of Scotland provided his betrothed Anne of Denmark a Quaich as a symbol of his love for her throughout the wedding, from that point on the Quaich has been referred to as the "loving cup". This attractive event conveys the blessings of Kith and also Kin to the couple.

The Quaich

Pinning of the Tartan

Pinning of the Tartan - A bride is formally settled for into the bridegroom's family through this ceremony. Typically the oldest woman participant of the bridegroom's family provides a swatch of the family member 's Tartan to the bride-to-be signifying she is now interwoven right into all the behaviors of the clan.

The presentation of the family sword - The martial roots of the Celtic individuals revolved around the defense of fireplace as well as residence. This event is the acknowledgement of the male participants of the new bride's family that they as well now have a new connection as well as a new sibling in arms.

Family Arms

At Life's Minutes wedding celebrations we can give extensive guidance on Celtic/Scottish/Irish ceremonies, from building and construction of the ceremony to the last blessing in Gaelic we can help you develop the day of your desires ...

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