Scottish – Irish – Celtic

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Celebrations recognizing Celtic origins and practices have actually long been popular. From the stirring cry of the bag pipe to the dress of official tartan and kilt, wedding events based upon facets of Celtic practice can provide long-term memories. Elements of these wedding events can consist of part or all of the following:

Anam Cara - Actually, the Hearts Partner, this tradition is a unique event celebrating the production of a timeless love forever more. This celebration of the aspects; to the Celts the four aspects Earth, Fire, Water and Air were the structures on which an effective relationship were developed.

Anam Cara

This custom was adjusted as Christianity relocated into the Celtic lands and remains to be a wonderful means to include family and friends in your ceremony.


Handfasting - A ceremony going back right to classical times, Handfasting is a custom of marriage prior to the availability of rings as well as precious metals. The couple would take an item of fabric or rope and before their friends and families, proclaim their love and purpose by stating a couple of words as well as binding themselves together symbolically with the cordage. It is from this practice we still refer to marriage as "tying the knot".

Oathing Stone -- Exactly what better area to put the pledges of a lifetime and eternity than in the heart of a stone? The oathing stone is held by the groom and bride while their vows are stated, then in some practices is thrown right into a deep body of water to hold those pledges for evermore. Today that stone might be kept 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 drinking cup rolled into one. King James of Scotland provided 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 actually been called the "loving cup". This attractive ceremony conveys the true blessings of Kith and also 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 with this event. Typically the oldest female member of the bridegroom's family provides a swatch of the family member 's Tartan to the bride-to-be representing she is currently interwoven into all the doings of the clan.

The presentation of the family sword - The martial origins of the Celtic peoples focused on the protection of fireplace and residence. This event is the acknowledgement of the male participants of the bride-to-be's household that they too currently have a brand-new connection and a new brother in arms.

Family Arms

At Life's Minutes weddings we can provide thorough guidance on Celtic/Scottish/Irish events, from construction of the ceremony to the final true blessing in Gaelic we can help you develop the day of your desires ...

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