Scottish – Irish – Celtic

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Celebrations honoring Celtic origins as well as traditions have long been prominent. From the stirring cry of the bag pipe to the outfit of official tartan and kilt, wedding events based on elements of Celtic practice can supply enduring memories. Aspects of these weddings can include part or all the following:

Anam Cara - Literally, the Hearts Partner, this custom is a unique ceremony commemorating the development of a classic love forever more. This event of the components; to the Celts the 4 components Earth, Fire, Water and Air were the foundations on which an effective relationship were developed.

Anam Cara

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


Handfasting - An event dating back right to classical times, Handfasting is a custom of marriage before the accessibility of rings and rare-earth elements. The couple would take an item of fabric or rope and before their families and friends, declare their love and intention by stating a couple of words as well as binding themselves together symbolically with the rope. It is from this custom we still describe marriage as "tying the knot".

Oathing Stone -- Just what better place to put the assurances of a lifetime as well as eternity than in the heart of a stone? The oathing stone is held by the bride and groom while their pledges are stated, then in some practices is tossed into a deep body of water to hold those guarantees for evermore. Today that stone might be kept as a remembrance of this special day.

Oathing Stone

The Quaich - Initially crafted from timber the double handled Quaich was a Scotsman's canteen, mess kit and also drinking vessel rolled right into one. King James of Scotland offered his betrothed Anne of Denmark a Quaich as a sign of his love for her throughout the wedding, from that point on the Quaich has actually been referred to as the "loving cup". This lovely event shares the blessings of Kith as well as Kin to the couple.

The Quaich

Pinning of the Tartan

Pinning of the Tartan - A bride is officially accepted into the bridegroom's family via this ceremony. Usually the oldest woman member of the bridegroom's family provides a swatch of the family member 's Tartan to the bride-to-be indicating she is now linked into all the behaviors of the clan.

The presentation of the family sword - The martial origins of the Celtic individuals revolved around the protection of hearth as well as residence. This ceremony is the recognition of the male members of the new bride's family that they also now have a brand-new partnership and a new sibling in arms.

Family Arms

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

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