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Events honoring Celtic origins as well as customs have long been preferred. From the stirring cry of the bag pipe to the dress of official tartan and kilt, wedding events based on aspects of Celtic practice can provide long-term memories. Facets of these wedding celebrations can consist of part or all the following:

Anam Cara - Literally, the Hearts Partner, this tradition is a special event commemorating the creation of a timeless love forever more. This event of the aspects; to the Celts the four components Earth, Fire, Water and Air were the structures on which a successful connection were developed.

Anam Cara

This custom was adjusted as Christianity relocated into the Celtic lands and also continues to be a fantastic means to include loved ones in your event.


Handfasting - A ceremony going back right to antiquity, Handfasting is a practice of marriage before the availability of rings and rare-earth elements. The couple would take an item of cloth or rope and before their families and friends, state their love and purpose 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 location to place the assurances of a life time as well as eternity than in the heart of a stone? The oathing stone is held by the couple while their promises are recited, then in some traditions is tossed right into a deep body of water to hold those guarantees for evermore. Today that stone could be maintained as a remembrance of this special day.

Oathing Stone

The Quaich - Initially crafted from wood the double 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 throughout the marriage, from that point on the Quaich has been know as the "loving cup". This stunning ceremony communicates 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 formally approved into the groom's family through this event. Usually the oldest woman member of the bridegroom's family provides a piece of the family member 's Tartan to the bride-to-be indicating she is now interwoven into all the behaviors of the clan.

The presentation of the family sword - The martial roots of the Celtic peoples focused on the protection of fireplace and also home. This ceremony is the acknowledgement of the male participants of the new bride's family members that they too currently have a brand-new relationship as well as a new sibling in arms.

Family Arms

At Life's Minutes weddings we can give extensive support on Celtic/Scottish/Irish events, from construction of the event to the final true blessing in Gaelic we can help you create the day of your dreams ...

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