Scottish – Irish – Celtic

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Celebrations recognizing Celtic origins as well as traditions have actually long been popular. From the stirring cry of the bag pipe to the gown of official tartan and kilt, wedding celebrations based on elements of Celtic practice can give enduring memories. Elements of these weddings can include part or every one of the following:

Anam Cara - Literally, the Hearts Partner, this practice is a special ceremony commemorating the development of a timeless love now and forever more. This event of the elements; to the Celts the four aspects Earth, Fire, Water and Air were the foundations on which a successful connection were built.

Anam Cara

This custom was adapted as Christianity moved right into the Celtic lands and also remains to be a remarkable means to include loved ones in your event.


Handfasting - A ceremony dating back to antiquity, Handfasting is a custom of marriage prior to the availability of rings and precious metals. The couple would take an item of fabric or rope and before their friends and families, proclaim their love and purpose by reciting a few words and binding themselves with each other symbolically with the rope. It is from this custom we still describe marriage as "tying the knot".

Oathing Stone -- Just what better location to put the assurances of a life time and also eternity than in the heart of a stone? The oathing stone is held by the groom and bride while their pledges are stated, after that in some practices is tossed right into a deep body of water to hold those promises for evermore. Today that stone may be maintained as a remembrance of this wedding.

Oathing Stone

The Quaich - Initially crafted from wood the double handled Quaich was a Scotsman's canteen, mess kit as well as drinking mug rolled into one. King James of Scotland gave 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 lovely event shares the true blessings of Kith and Kin to the couple.

The Quaich

Pinning of the Tartan

Pinning of the Tartan - A bride is formally approved into the groom's family with this ceremony. Usually the oldest woman participant of the groom's family offers a swatch of the household 's Tartan to the bride representing 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 revolved around the protection of fireplace and house. This ceremony is the recognition of the male members of the bride's household that they too now have a new relationship as well as a brand-new brother in arms.

Family Arms

At Life's Minutes weddings we can give comprehensive assistance on Celtic/Scottish/Irish events, from building and construction of the ceremony to the final true blessing in Gaelic we can assist you develop the day of your desires ...

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