Scottish – Irish – Celtic

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Celebrations recognizing Celtic origins and also traditions have long been prominent. From the stirring cry of the bag pipe to the dress of official tartan and kilt, wedding celebrations based upon elements of Celtic custom can offer long lasting memories. Aspects of these weddings can consist of part or all of the following:

Anam Cara - Actually, the Hearts Partner, this practice is a distinct event celebrating the creation of an ageless love forever more. This celebration of the components; to the Celts the four elements Earth, Fire, Water and Air were the structures on which a successful relationship were constructed.

Anam Cara

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


Handfasting - A ceremony going 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 a piece of fabric or rope and before their families and friends, state their love and purpose by reciting a couple of words as well as binding themselves together symbolically with the cordage. It is from this practice we still refer to marriage as "tying the knot".

Oathing Stone -- What better location to put the promises of a lifetime as well as eternity than in the heart of a stone? The oathing stone is held by the groom and bride while their pledges are recited, after that in some practices is thrown into a deep body of water to hold those promises for evermore. Today that stone might be maintained as a remembrance of this special day.

Oathing Stone

The Quaich - Initially crafted from timber the double handled Quaich was a Scotsman's canteen, mess kit and drinking cup rolled into one. King James of Scotland offered his betrothed Anne of Denmark a Quaich as a symbol of his love for her throughout the wedding, from that point on the Quaich has been know as the "loving cup". This attractive ceremony communicates the blessings of Kith and Kin to the couple.

The Quaich

Pinning of the Tartan

Pinning of the Tartan - A new bride is formally approved into the groom's family via this ceremony. Normally the oldest woman participant of the groom's family gives a piece of the household 's Tartan to the bride-to-be indicating she is now interwoven into all the doings of the clan.

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

Family Arms

At Life's Minutes wedding celebrations we can give extensive support on Celtic/Scottish/Irish events, from building and construction of the ceremony to the final blessing in Gaelic we can help you develop the day of your dreams ...

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