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Celebrations honoring Celtic origins as well as practices have long been preferred. From the stirring cry of the bag pipe to the outfit of official tartan and kilt, weddings based on aspects of Celtic tradition can give long-term memories. Aspects of these weddings can include part or every one of the following:

Anam Cara - Literally, the Hearts other Half, this tradition is a unique event commemorating the creation of an ageless love 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 relationship were developed.

Anam Cara

This practice was adjusted as Christianity relocated into the Celtic lands as well as continues to be a wonderful means to include friends and family in your ceremony.


Handfasting - A ceremony going back right to classical times, Handfasting is a custom of marriage before the accessibility of rings and also precious metals. The couple would take an item of cloth or rope and before their families and friends, proclaim their love and intention by stating a couple of words and binding themselves with each other symbolically with the rope. It is from this practice we still refer to marriage as "tying the knot".

Oathing Stone -- Just what better location to put the pledges 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 promises are stated, after that in some traditions is tossed into a deep body of water to hold those guarantees for evermore. Today that stone might be kept as a remembrance of this big day.

Oathing Stone

The Quaich - Originally crafted from timber the double handled Quaich was a Scotsman's canteen, mess kit as well as drinking mug rolled right into one. King James of Scotland gave 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 called the "loving cup". This beautiful ceremony conveys the true blessings of Kith and also Kin to the couple.

The Quaich

Pinning of the Tartan

Pinning of the Tartan - A new bride is formally accepted into the groom's family with this ceremony. Generally the oldest female participant of the bridegroom's family gives a piece of the family member 's Tartan to the bride representing she is currently interwoven into all the behaviors of the clan.

The presentation of the family sword - The martial roots of the Celtic peoples focused on the protection of hearth and also home. This event is the acknowledgement of the male participants of the bride's family that they as well now have a brand-new partnership and also a brand-new brother in arms.

Family Arms

At Life's Minutes weddings we can give extensive assistance on Celtic/Scottish/Irish events, from construction of the event to the last blessing in Gaelic we can assist you develop the day of your desires ...

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