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Events honoring Celtic origins and practices have actually long been prominent. From the stirring cry of the bag pipe to the outfit of formal tartan and kilt, wedding celebrations based upon aspects of Celtic practice can offer long lasting memories. Elements of these wedding celebrations can include part or all of the following:

Anam Cara - Literally, the Hearts other Half, this custom is a distinct ceremony commemorating the production of a timeless love forever more. This event of the elements; to the Celts the 4 components Earth, Fire, Water and Air were the foundations on which a successful connection were developed.

Anam Cara

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


Handfasting - A ceremony dating back right to classical times, Handfasting is a tradition 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, declare their love and purpose by stating a few words as well as binding themselves together symbolically with the cordage. It is from this practice we still describe marriage as "tying the knot".

Oathing Stone -- What better location 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 bride and groom while their vows are stated, then in some customs is tossed into a deep body of water to hold those promises for evermore. Today that stone may be kept as a remembrance of this big day.

Oathing Stone

The Quaich - Originally crafted from timber the twin handled Quaich was a Scotsman's canteen, mess kit and also drinking mug rolled right 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, from that point on the Quaich has actually been referred to as the "loving cup". This stunning event communicates the blessings of Kith as well as Kin to the couple.

The Quaich

Pinning of the Tartan

Pinning of the Tartan - A bride is formally accepted into the bridegroom's family with this event. Normally the oldest female participant of the groom's family provides a swatch of the family member 's Tartan to the bride indicating she is now linked right into all the behaviors of the clan.

The presentation of the family sword - The martial roots of the Celtic peoples revolved around the defense of fireplace and also home. This event is the acknowledgement of the male members of the new bride's family that they also currently have a brand-new relationship as well as a brand-new sibling in arms.

Family Arms

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

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