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Events recognizing Celtic origins and customs have long been popular. From the stirring cry of the bag pipe to the dress of formal tartan and kilt, wedding celebrations based upon aspects of Celtic tradition can offer enduring memories. Aspects of these weddings could include part or all the following:

Anam Cara - Essentially, the Hearts other Half, this custom is a unique event celebrating the development of an ageless love forever more. This celebration of the aspects; to the Celts the four components Earth, Fire, Water and Air were the structures on which an effective partnership were built.

Anam Cara

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


Handfasting - A ceremony going back to antiquity, Handfasting is a custom of marriage before the availability of rings and precious metals. 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 as well as binding themselves with each other symbolically with the cordage. It is from this custom we still refer to marriage as "tying the knot".

Oathing Stone -- Just 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 groom and bride while their vows are recited, then in some practices is thrown right into a deep body of water to hold those promises for evermore. Today that stone might be kept as a remembrance of this big day.

Oathing Stone

The Quaich - Initially crafted from wood the double handled Quaich was a Scotsman's canteen, mess kit and drinking vessel 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 wedding, from that point on the Quaich has actually been referred to as the "loving cup". This lovely ceremony conveys the true blessings of Kith and Kin to the couple.

The Quaich

Pinning of the Tartan

Pinning of the Tartan - A bride is officially accepted into the groom's family with this ceremony. Typically the oldest female participant of the groom's family offers a piece of the family member 's Tartan to the bride indicating she is now interwoven right into all the behaviors of the clan.

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

Family Arms

At Life's Minutes weddings we can provide detailed guidance on Celtic/Scottish/Irish events, from construction of the event to the final true blessing in Gaelic we can assist you produce the day of your dreams ...

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