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Celebrations recognizing Celtic origins and also customs have long been popular. From the stirring cry of the bag pipe to the outfit of official tartan and kilt, wedding events based on facets of Celtic tradition can supply long-term memories. Facets of these wedding events can consist of part or every one of the following:

Anam Cara - Actually, the Hearts Partner, this custom is an one-of-a-kind event commemorating the creation of a classic love now and forever more. This celebration of the elements; to the Celts the 4 aspects Earth, Fire, Water and Air were the structures on which a successful connection were developed.

Anam Cara

This tradition was adapted as Christianity moved into the Celtic lands as well as remains to be a terrific way to include family and friends in your ceremony.


Handfasting - An event going back right to classical times, Handfasting is a tradition of marriage prior to the availability of rings and precious metals. The couple would take a piece of fabric or rope and before their families and friends, declare their love and intent by stating a few words and also binding themselves with each other symbolically with the cordage. It is from this tradition we still describe marriage as "tying the knot".

Oathing Stone -- Exactly what better location to put the guarantees 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, after that in some customs is tossed into a deep body of water to hold those promises for evermore. Today that stone might be maintained as a remembrance of this special day.

Oathing Stone

The Quaich - Initially crafted from wood the twin handled Quaich was a Scotsman's canteen, mess kit and also drinking mug rolled right into one. King James of Scotland offered his betrothed Anne of Denmark a Quaich as a sign of his love for her throughout the marriage, from that point on the Quaich has actually been called the "loving cup". This beautiful ceremony communicates the blessings of Kith and Kin to the couple.

The Quaich

Pinning of the Tartan

Pinning of the Tartan - A new bride is officially settled for into the bridegroom's family via this event. Normally the oldest woman participant of the bridegroom's family gives a swatch of the family member 's Tartan to the bride-to-be representing she is now linked into all the behaviors of the clan.

The presentation of the family sword - The martial roots of the Celtic peoples revolved around the protection of fireplace and house. This event is the acknowledgement of the male members of the new bride's family that they too currently have a new relationship and also a new sibling in arms.

Family Arms

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

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