Scottish – Irish – Celtic

Request More Information


Events honoring Celtic roots and customs have long been preferred. From the stirring cry of the bag pipe to the dress of official tartan and kilt, weddings based on aspects of Celtic custom can provide long lasting memories. Elements of these wedding events can consist of part or all the following:

Anam Cara - Literally, the Hearts other Half, this custom is a unique event commemorating the production of an ageless love now and forever more. This event of the elements; to the Celts the 4 components Earth, Fire, Water and Air were the foundations on which an effective connection were developed.

Anam Cara

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


Handfasting - An event dating back to antiquity, Handfasting is a practice of marriage before the availability of rings and precious metals. The couple would take a piece of fabric or rope and before their friends and families, state their love and intention by reciting a couple of words as well as binding themselves with each other symbolically with the rope. It is from this practice we still refer to marriage as "tying the knot".

Oathing Stone -- What better area to put the promises 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 promises are stated, then in some customs is tossed into a deep body of water to hold those assurances 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 vessel rolled into one. King James of Scotland gave his betrothed Anne of Denmark a Quaich as a sign of his love for her during the marriage ceremony, from that point on the Quaich has actually been referred to as the "loving cup". This stunning event shares the blessings of Kith as well as Kin to the couple.

The Quaich

Pinning of the Tartan

Pinning of the Tartan - A bride-to-be is officially settled for right into the bridegroom's family with this ceremony. Generally the oldest female member of the groom's family provides a swatch of the family member 's Tartan to the bride symbolizing she is now linked right into all the doings of the clan.

The presentation of the family sword - The martial roots of the Celtic peoples focused on the protection of hearth and residence. This event is the acknowledgement of the male participants of the bride-to-be's household that they too currently have a brand-new connection as well as a brand-new sibling in arms.

Family Arms

At Life's Minutes weddings we can give detailed assistance on Celtic/Scottish/Irish events, from construction of the ceremony to the last blessing in Gaelic we can help you create the day of your desires ...

Request More Information


Travel Costs

We Love to Travel! (however our accountant says we have to cover little things like gas, tires and maintenance), so to keep them from chewing our ears off our travel rates are as follows;

Albuquerque/Rio Rancho Metro Area (includes Corrales, Bernalillo, Isleta, Tijeras)

No Charge.

Fee per trip mileage is one way

30 – 60 miles

(Santa Fe, Belen, East mountains)


60—100 miles

(Socorro,Los Alamos, Grants, Mountainair)


101-175 Miles

(Gallup,Farmington,T or C, Taos, Las Vegas)


Over 175 miles

Please call for details

Call 505-328-7397

Rev. Bruce Byers