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Events recognizing Celtic origins and customs have long been prominent. From the stirring cry of the bag pipe to the outfit of official tartan and kilt, weddings based upon facets of Celtic tradition can provide long-term memories. Facets of these weddings could include part or every one of the following:

Anam Cara - Literally, the Hearts Partner, this practice is a special event celebrating the creation of an ageless love now and forever more. This event of the components; to the Celts the four aspects Earth, Fire, Water and Air were the foundations on which a successful partnership were constructed.

Anam Cara

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

Handfasting

Handfasting - An event dating back right to antiquity, Handfasting is a custom of marriage prior to the availability of rings as well as precious metals. The couple would take a piece of fabric or rope and before their friends and families, proclaim their love and purpose by stating a few words as well as 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 place to put the assurances 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 customs is thrown into a deep body of water to hold those assurances for evermore. Today that stone might be kept as a remembrance of this special 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 symbol of his love for her during the wedding, From that point on the Quaich has been called the "loving cup". This attractive event communicates the blessings of Kith and Kin to the couple.

The Quaich

Pinning of the Tartan

Pinning of the Tartan - A bride-to-be is formally accepted right into the groom's family through this event. Generally the oldest woman member of the groom's family offers a swatch of the household 's Tartan to the bride-to-be symbolizing she is currently interwoven into all the behaviors of the clan.

The presentation of the family sword - The martial roots of the Celtic peoples revolved around the protection of fireplace and also home. This ceremony is the recognition of the male members of the bride's household that they too now have a new relationship and a brand-new sibling in arms.

Family Arms

At Life's Minutes wedding celebrations we can supply thorough assistance on Celtic/Scottish/Irish events, from construction of the ceremony to the last true blessing in Gaelic we can assist you produce the day of your dreams ...


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