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Celebrations recognizing Celtic roots as well as customs have long been popular. From the stirring cry of the bag pipe to the gown of formal tartan and kilt, wedding events based on elements of Celtic practice can provide long lasting memories. Elements of these wedding events can consist of part or all the following:

Anam Cara - Literally, the Hearts other Half, this practice is a unique ceremony commemorating the creation of a classic love forever more. This event of the elements; to the Celts the 4 aspects Earth, Fire, Water and Air were the foundations on which a successful relationship were constructed.

Anam Cara

This tradition was adjusted as Christianity relocated into the Celtic lands and remains to be a wonderful way to include loved ones in your event.

Handfasting

Handfasting - A ceremony dating back right to antiquity, Handfasting is a tradition of marriage prior to the accessibility of rings and precious metals. The couple would take a piece of cloth or rope and before their friends and families, declare their love and intention by stating a couple of words as well as binding themselves with each other symbolically with the cordage. It is from this practice we still refer to marriage as "tying the knot".

Oathing Stone -- Exactly what better place to put the guarantees of a lifetime and also eternity than in the heart of a stone? The oathing stone is held by the groom and bride while their vows are stated, after that in some customs is thrown into a deep body of water to hold those pledges for evermore. Today that stone may be maintained as a remembrance of this big day.

Oathing Stone

The Quaich - Originally crafted from wood the double handled Quaich was a Scotsman's canteen, mess kit and also drinking vessel rolled right into one. King James of Scotland provided his betrothed Anne of Denmark a Quaich as a sign of his love for her throughout the marriage, From that point on the Quaich has been know as the "loving cup". This gorgeous ceremony conveys the true blessings of Kith and Kin to the couple.

The Quaich

Pinning of the Tartan

Pinning of the Tartan - A new bride is officially accepted into the groom's family with this ceremony. Typically the oldest female member of the bridegroom's family gives a piece of the family member 's Tartan to the bride-to-be representing she is now interwoven right into all the doings of the clan.

The presentation of the family sword - The martial roots of the Celtic peoples focused on the defense of fireplace as well as residence. This event is the acknowledgement of the male members of the new bride's household that they too now have a brand-new relationship and a brand-new sibling in arms.

Family Arms

At Life's Minutes weddings we can offer detailed guidance on Celtic/Scottish/Irish ceremonies, from building and construction of the event to the final blessing in Gaelic we can help you develop the day of your dreams ...


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