Scottish – Irish – Celtic

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Events honoring Celtic origins as well as traditions have actually long been prominent. From the stirring cry of the bag pipe to the gown of formal tartan and kilt, wedding events based on aspects of Celtic custom can supply enduring memories. Elements of these weddings could consist of part or all of the following:

Anam Cara - Actually, the Hearts Partner, this custom is a unique ceremony celebrating the production of a classic love now and forever more. This event of the aspects; to the Celts the 4 elements Earth, Fire, Water and Air were the structures on which a successful partnership were built.

Anam Cara

This tradition was adjusted as Christianity relocated into the Celtic lands and continues to be a wonderful means to include friends and family in your ceremony.


Handfasting - A ceremony going back right to antiquity, Handfasting is a custom of marriage before the availability of rings and also rare-earth elements. The couple would take an item of cloth or rope and before their friends and families, proclaim their love and purpose by stating a few words and 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 -- Just what better location to put the guarantees of a lifetime and also eternity than in the heart of a stone? The oathing stone is held by the groom and bride while their pledges are recited, then in some traditions is thrown into a deep body of water to hold those promises for evermore. Today that stone may be kept as a remembrance of this big day.

Oathing Stone

The Quaich - Originally crafted from timber the twin handled Quaich was a Scotsman's canteen, mess kit and drinking mug 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 wedding, from that point on the Quaich has actually been know as the "loving cup". This lovely 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 bride is formally settled for into the bridegroom's family through this event. Typically the oldest woman member of the groom's family offers a swatch of the family member 's Tartan to the new bride indicating she is now interwoven into all the doings of the clan.

The presentation of the family sword - The martial roots of the Celtic peoples focused on the defense of hearth and also home. This ceremony is the acknowledgement of the male participants of the new bride's household that they also currently have a brand-new partnership and also a new sibling in arms.

Family Arms

At Life's Minutes weddings we can supply detailed assistance on Celtic/Scottish/Irish ceremonies, from building and construction of the event to the final blessing in Gaelic we can assist you produce the day of your desires ...

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