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Celebrations recognizing Celtic roots as well as practices have actually long been preferred. From the stirring cry of the bag pipe to the outfit of official tartan and kilt, weddings based upon facets of Celtic custom can offer long lasting memories. Elements of these wedding events could consist of part or all the following:

Anam Cara - Actually, the Hearts other Half, this practice is a one-of-a-kind ceremony commemorating the production 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 partnership were developed.

Anam Cara

This practice was adapted as Christianity moved right into the Celtic lands and remains to be a terrific way to include loved ones in your ceremony.


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

Oathing Stone -- Just what better area to put the pledges of a lifetime and eternity than in the heart of a stone? The oathing stone is held by the bride and groom while their vows are recited, then in some customs is thrown right into a deep body of water to hold those pledges for evermore. Today that stone may be kept as a remembrance of this special day.

Oathing Stone

The Quaich - Originally crafted from wood the twin 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 and Kin to the couple.

The Quaich

Pinning of the Tartan

Pinning of the Tartan - A new bride is officially accepted right into the bridegroom's family through this event. Usually the oldest woman member of the bridegroom's family provides a piece of the family member 's Tartan to the bride symbolizing she is now linked into all the doings of the clan.

The presentation of the family sword - The martial origins of the Celtic individuals focused on the protection of hearth and house. This event is the recognition of the male participants of the new bride's household that they also now have a new connection and also a new sibling in arms.

Family Arms

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

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