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Celebrations honoring Celtic roots as well as traditions have actually long been preferred. From the stirring cry of the bag pipe to the outfit of official tartan and kilt, wedding events based upon facets of Celtic custom can provide enduring memories. Elements of these wedding events can consist of part or every one of the following:

Anam Cara - Literally, the Hearts other Half, this practice is a special ceremony celebrating the development of a timeless love forever more. This celebration of the elements; to the Celts the 4 elements Earth, Fire, Water and Air were the structures on which a successful relationship were constructed.

Anam Cara

This tradition was adjusted as Christianity moved into the Celtic lands and also remains to be a terrific means to include loved ones in your event.


Handfasting - A ceremony going back right to antiquity, Handfasting is a practice of marriage before the availability of rings as well as precious metals. The couple would take an item of cloth or rope and before their families and friends, declare their love and intent by stating a couple of words and also binding themselves together symbolically with the cordage. It is from this custom we still describe marriage as "tying the knot".

Oathing Stone -- What better location to put the pledges of a lifetime and also eternity than in the heart of a stone? The oathing stone is held by the couple while their vows are recited, after that in some traditions 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 special day.

Oathing Stone

The Quaich - Initially crafted from timber the twin handled Quaich was a Scotsman's canteen, mess kit and drinking cup rolled right into one. King James of Scotland gave his betrothed Anne of Denmark a Quaich as a sign of his love for her during the marriage, from that point on the Quaich has been know as the "loving cup". This stunning ceremony communicates the blessings of Kith and also 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 event. Generally the oldest woman member of the bridegroom's family provides a piece of the household 's Tartan to the bride indicating she is now interwoven into all the behaviors of the clan.

The presentation of the family sword - The martial roots of the Celtic individuals revolved around the defense of fireplace as well as house. This event is the acknowledgement of the male members of the bride-to-be's family that they as well now have a new connection as well as a new sibling in arms.

Family Arms

At Life's Minutes weddings we can supply comprehensive assistance on Celtic/Scottish/Irish ceremonies, from building and construction of the event to the final blessing in Gaelic we can assist you create the day of your dreams ...

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