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Events honoring Celtic origins and also customs have long been popular. From the stirring cry of the bag pipe to the gown of official tartan and kilt, wedding events based on elements of Celtic custom can provide long lasting memories. Facets of these weddings can consist of part or all of the following:

Anam Cara - Essentially, the Hearts Partner, this practice is a special event commemorating the creation of an ageless love now and forever more. This event of the elements; to the Celts the four components Earth, Fire, Water and Air were the foundations on which a successful connection were developed.

Anam Cara

This custom was adapted as Christianity moved into the Celtic lands as well as continues to be a remarkable way to include family and friends in your ceremony.

Handfasting

Handfasting - An event dating back to antiquity, Handfasting is a custom of marriage before the availability of rings as well as rare-earth elements. The couple would take a piece of fabric or rope and before their families and friends, proclaim their love and purpose 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 describe marriage as "tying the knot".

Oathing Stone -- Exactly what better location to place the pledges of a lifetime and eternity than in the heart of a stone? The oathing stone is held by the couple while their pledges are recited, then in some practices is thrown into a deep body of water to hold those pledges for evermore. Today that stone might be maintained as a remembrance of this wedding.

Oathing Stone

The Quaich - Originally crafted from timber the twin handled Quaich was a Scotsman's canteen, mess kit as well as drinking vessel rolled right into one. King James of Scotland gave his betrothed Anne of Denmark a Quaich as a sign of his love for her throughout the wedding. From that point on the Quaich has been called the "loving cup". This beautiful event communicates the true blessings of Kith as well as Kin to the couple.

The Quaich

Pinning of the Tartan

Pinning of the Tartan - A new bride is formally approved right into the groom's family with this ceremony. Usually the oldest female member of the groom's family provides a swatch of the household 's Tartan to the new bride signifying she is currently interwoven right 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 fireplace and residence. This ceremony is the recognition of the male participants of the new bride's family members that they too currently have a brand-new partnership as well as a new sibling in arms.

Family Arms

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


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