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Events recognizing Celtic origins as well as traditions have long been prominent. From the stirring cry of the bag pipe to the dress of formal tartan and kilt, wedding celebrations based on elements of Celtic tradition can offer lasting memories. Aspects of these wedding events can consist of part or every one of the following:

Anam Cara - Literally, the Hearts other Half, this practice is a special event celebrating the creation of a timeless love forever more. This event of the aspects; to the Celts the four components Earth, Fire, Water and Air were the structures on which an effective connection were developed.

Anam Cara

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


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

Oathing Stone -- Exactly what better area to put the assurances of a life time and also eternity than in the heart of a stone? The oathing stone is held by the couple while their promises are recited, after that in some customs is tossed right into a deep body of water to hold those guarantees for evermore. Today that stone may be maintained as a remembrance of this big day.

Oathing Stone

The Quaich - Originally crafted from timber the double handled Quaich was a Scotsman's canteen, mess kit and 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 know as the "loving cup". This attractive ceremony communicates the blessings of Kith and Kin to the couple.

The Quaich

Pinning of the Tartan

Pinning of the Tartan - A bride is formally approved right into the bridegroom's family via this ceremony. Generally the oldest woman member of the groom's family gives a piece of the household 's Tartan to the new bride representing she is now interwoven right into all the doings of the clan.

The presentation of the family sword - The martial roots of the Celtic individuals focused on the defense of fireplace as well as house. This ceremony is the acknowledgement of the male members of the bride's household that they as well currently have a new relationship and also a new brother in arms.

Family Arms

At Life's Minutes weddings we can give thorough assistance on Celtic/Scottish/Irish events, from building and construction of the event to the last true blessing in Gaelic we can help you produce the day of your dreams ...

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