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Celebrations honoring Celtic origins as well as practices have actually long been preferred. From the stirring cry of the bag pipe to the dress of official tartan and kilt, wedding celebrations based upon elements of Celtic tradition can offer long-term memories. Aspects of these weddings could include part or all of the following:

Anam Cara - Literally, the Hearts Partner, this tradition is a special ceremony celebrating the production of a timeless love forever more. This event of the elements; to the Celts the 4 elements Earth, Fire, Water and Air were the structures on which a successful connection were built.

Anam Cara

This practice was adapted as Christianity moved right into the Celtic lands and continues to be a fantastic way to include friends and family in your event.


Handfasting - An event going back to antiquity, Handfasting is a tradition of marriage before the accessibility of rings as well as precious metals. The couple would take a piece of cloth or rope and before their families and friends, declare their love and intent by reciting a few words and also binding themselves together symbolically with the rope. It is from this custom we still refer to marriage as "tying the knot".

Oathing Stone -- Just what better area to put the guarantees 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 vows are recited, then in some customs is thrown 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 - Initially crafted from timber the double handled Quaich was a Scotsman's canteen, mess kit and drinking vessel rolled into one. King James of Scotland provided his betrothed Anne of Denmark a Quaich as a symbol of his love for her throughout the marriage, from that point on the Quaich has actually been know as the "loving cup". This stunning ceremony shares the blessings of Kith and also Kin to the couple.

The Quaich

Pinning of the Tartan

Pinning of the Tartan - A bride is officially approved into the bridegroom's family via this ceremony. Usually the oldest female participant of the groom's family gives a swatch of the family member 's Tartan to the bride-to-be symbolizing she is currently linked 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 and house. This ceremony is the recognition of the male members of the bride's family members that they also now have a brand-new connection as well as a brand-new brother in arms.

Family Arms

At Life's Minutes weddings we can provide detailed support on Celtic/Scottish/Irish events, from building of the ceremony to the final blessing in Gaelic we can assist you develop the day of your dreams ...

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