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Events honoring Celtic origins and traditions have long been popular. From the stirring cry of the bag pipe to the dress of formal tartan and kilt, wedding celebrations based upon elements of Celtic custom can give long lasting memories. Aspects of these weddings could consist of part or all the following:

Anam Cara - Literally, the Hearts Partner, this tradition is a distinct ceremony celebrating the production of an ageless love forever more. This celebration of the elements; to the Celts the 4 elements Earth, Fire, Water and Air were the foundations on which an effective relationship were built.

Anam Cara

This custom was adjusted 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

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

Oathing Stone -- What better place to place the promises of a life time as well as eternity than in the heart of a stone? The oathing stone is held by the couple while their pledges are recited, after that in some customs is thrown right into a deep body of water to hold those promises for evermore. Today that stone could be kept as a remembrance of this wedding.

Oathing Stone

The Quaich - Initially crafted from timber the double handled Quaich was a Scotsman's canteen, mess kit and also drinking mug rolled into one. King James of Scotland offered 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 stunning event communicates the blessings of Kith and also Kin to the couple.

The Quaich

Pinning of the Tartan

Pinning of the Tartan - A bride is formally approved into the bridegroom's family through this event. Normally the oldest female member of the groom's family offers a swatch of the family member 's Tartan to the new bride symbolizing she is now interwoven into all the doings of the clan.

The presentation of the family sword - The martial origins of the Celtic peoples revolved around the protection of fireplace and also home. This ceremony is the acknowledgement of the male participants of the new bride's family that they too currently have a new connection and also a new sibling in arms.

Family Arms

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


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