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Events recognizing Celtic origins as well as traditions have long been prominent. From the stirring cry of the bag pipe to the gown of formal tartan and kilt, wedding celebrations based on aspects of Celtic custom can offer long-term memories. Elements of these wedding events can include part or every one of the following:

Anam Cara - Actually, the Hearts Partner, this practice is a unique event celebrating the development of a timeless love forever more. This celebration of the components; to the Celts the four aspects Earth, Fire, Water and Air were the foundations on which a successful connection were constructed.

Anam Cara

This tradition was adjusted as Christianity relocated right into the Celtic lands and continues to be a wonderful way to include family and friends in your ceremony.

Handfasting

Handfasting - An event dating back to classical times, Handfasting is a tradition 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 intent by reciting a couple of words and also binding themselves together symbolically with the cordage. It is from this tradition we still describe marriage as "tying the knot".

Oathing Stone -- What better location to place the promises 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 pledges are stated, then in some customs is tossed into a deep body of water to hold those assurances for evermore. Today that stone may be maintained as a remembrance of this wedding.

Oathing Stone

The Quaich - Originally crafted from wood the twin handled Quaich was a Scotsman's canteen, mess kit and drinking mug 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 marriage, from that point on the Quaich has been referred to as the "loving cup". This stunning ceremony shares the true blessings of Kith and Kin to the couple.

The Quaich

Pinning of the Tartan

Pinning of the Tartan - A bride-to-be is formally approved into the groom's family through this ceremony. Typically the oldest woman member of the bridegroom's family provides a swatch of the family member 's Tartan to the bride-to-be symbolizing she is now interwoven right into all the doings of the clan.

The presentation of the family sword - The martial origins of the Celtic individuals revolved around the defense of fireplace and house. This ceremony is the acknowledgement of the male participants of the bride's family members that they too currently have a brand-new partnership as well as a new brother in arms.

Family Arms

At Life's Minutes weddings we can provide thorough guidance on Celtic/Scottish/Irish ceremonies, from building and construction of the ceremony to the last true blessing in Gaelic we can help you produce the day of your desires ...


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