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Celebrations recognizing Celtic origins and traditions have long been popular. From the stirring cry of the bag pipe to the dress of official tartan and kilt, weddings based upon elements of Celtic tradition can give lasting memories. Facets of these wedding celebrations could include part or all of the following:

Anam Cara - Literally, the Hearts other Half, this practice is a distinct ceremony commemorating the development of a classic love forever more. This celebration of the aspects; to the Celts the 4 components Earth, Fire, Water and Air were the foundations on which an effective partnership were built.

Anam Cara

This custom was adapted as Christianity relocated into the Celtic lands and also remains to be a terrific means to include loved ones in your event.


Handfasting - An event going back to antiquity, Handfasting is a practice of marriage before the availability of rings and precious metals. The couple would take an item of cloth or rope and before their families and friends, proclaim their love and intention by reciting a couple of words as well as binding themselves together symbolically with the cordage. It is from this tradition we still refer to marriage as "tying the knot".

Oathing Stone -- What better area to place the guarantees 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 pledges are recited, then in some customs is tossed into a deep body of water to hold those guarantees for evermore. Today that stone may be kept as a remembrance of this wedding.

Oathing Stone

The Quaich - Initially crafted from wood the double handled Quaich was a Scotsman's canteen, mess kit as well as drinking cup rolled right into one. King James of Scotland gave 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 ceremony conveys the true blessings of Kith as well as Kin to the couple.

The Quaich

Pinning of the Tartan

Pinning of the Tartan - A new bride is officially approved into the groom's family through this event. Typically the oldest female member of the bridegroom's family gives a piece of the household 's Tartan to the bride indicating she is currently interwoven into all the doings 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 members of the new bride's family members that they too currently have a new partnership as well as a new brother in arms.

Family Arms

At Life's Minutes wedding events we can provide extensive support on Celtic/Scottish/Irish ceremonies, from construction of the ceremony to the final blessing in Gaelic we can help you create the day of your dreams ...

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