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Events recognizing Celtic origins and practices have long been popular. From the stirring cry of the bag pipe to the dress of official tartan and kilt, weddings based on facets of Celtic custom can offer long-term memories. Aspects of these wedding celebrations can consist of part or every one of the following:

Anam Cara - Literally, the Hearts other Half, this tradition is a distinct ceremony commemorating the development of an ageless love now and 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 built.

Anam Cara

This practice was adjusted as Christianity moved into the Celtic lands and remains to be a remarkable way to include loved ones in your ceremony.


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

Oathing Stone -- Exactly what better place to put the assurances 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 recited, then in some traditions is thrown right into a deep body of water to hold those pledges for evermore. Today that stone may be kept as a remembrance of this big day.

Oathing Stone

The Quaich - Originally crafted from wood the twin handled Quaich was a Scotsman's canteen, mess kit as well as drinking cup 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, from that point on the Quaich has actually been know as the "loving cup". This beautiful ceremony shares the blessings of Kith and also Kin to the couple.

The Quaich

Pinning of the Tartan

Pinning of the Tartan - A bride is officially approved into the bridegroom's family through this ceremony. Generally the oldest female participant of the bridegroom's family provides a piece of the household 's Tartan to the new bride indicating she is currently linked right into all the doings of the clan.

The presentation of the family sword - The martial origins of the Celtic peoples revolved around the defense of hearth as well as residence. This ceremony is the recognition of the male members of the bride-to-be's family that they also now have a new connection as well as a brand-new sibling in arms.

Family Arms

At Life's Minutes wedding events we can provide thorough assistance on Celtic/Scottish/Irish ceremonies, from building and construction of the event to the final true blessing in Gaelic we can help you create the day of your desires ...

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