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Celebrations honoring Celtic roots as well as customs have long been preferred. From the stirring cry of the bag pipe to the outfit of official tartan and kilt, weddings based upon aspects of Celtic tradition can offer lasting memories. Aspects of these wedding events could include part or every one of the following:

Anam Cara - Essentially, the Hearts other Half, this custom is a special event commemorating the development of a timeless love forever more. This event of the aspects; to the Celts the 4 aspects Earth, Fire, Water and Air were the foundations on which an effective relationship were developed.

Anam Cara

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


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

Oathing Stone -- Exactly what better place to put the assurances of a life time as well as 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 practices is thrown into a deep body of water to hold those pledges for evermore. Today that stone could be maintained as a remembrance of this wedding.

Oathing Stone

The Quaich - Originally 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 during the marriage ceremony, from that point on the Quaich has been referred to as the "loving cup". This stunning event 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-to-be is officially accepted into the bridegroom's family with this ceremony. Typically the oldest woman member of the groom's family provides a piece of the family member 's Tartan to the new bride signifying she is currently interwoven right into all the doings of the clan.

The presentation of the family sword - The martial origins of the Celtic peoples revolved around the defense of hearth and also residence. This event is the acknowledgement of the male members of the bride's family members that they too now have a new partnership as well as a new brother in arms.

Family Arms

At Life's Minutes weddings we can supply detailed support on Celtic/Scottish/Irish events, from building and construction of the event to the final true blessing in Gaelic we can help you develop the day of your desires ...

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