Scottish – Irish – Celtic

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Celebrations honoring Celtic roots and customs have long been prominent. From the stirring cry of the bag pipe to the dress of official tartan and kilt, wedding events based upon facets of Celtic custom can offer enduring memories. Facets of these wedding events could consist of part or every one of the following:

Anam Cara - Literally, the Hearts Partner, this custom is a distinct ceremony commemorating the creation of an ageless love now and forever more. This celebration of the aspects; to the Celts the 4 components Earth, Fire, Water and Air were the foundations on which an effective connection were built.

Anam Cara

This tradition was adjusted as Christianity moved into the Celtic lands and also remains to be a wonderful means to include loved ones in your ceremony.


Handfasting - A ceremony dating back to antiquity, Handfasting is a practice of marriage prior to the accessibility of rings and rare-earth elements. The couple would take a piece of cloth or rope and before their families and friends, proclaim their love and intent by reciting a couple of words and also binding themselves with each other symbolically with the rope. It is from this custom we still describe marriage as "tying the knot".

Oathing Stone -- What better place to put the pledges 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 stated, after that in some traditions is thrown into a deep body of water to hold those pledges 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 vessel rolled right into one. King James of Scotland offered 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 actually been know as the "loving cup". This stunning ceremony shares the true blessings of Kith and Kin to the couple.

The Quaich

Pinning of the Tartan

Pinning of the Tartan - A bride-to-be is officially accepted right into the bridegroom's family via this event. Generally the oldest female participant 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 doings of the clan.

The presentation of the family sword - The martial roots of the Celtic individuals focused on the defense of hearth and residence. This ceremony is the acknowledgement of the male participants of the new bride's family that they also now have a new relationship as well as a brand-new brother in arms.

Family Arms

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

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