Scottish – Irish – Celtic

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Events honoring Celtic roots as well as traditions have long been prominent. From the stirring cry of the bag pipe to the gown of formal tartan and kilt, weddings based on facets of Celtic custom can offer long-term memories. Aspects of these weddings can include part or all the following:

Anam Cara - Literally, the Hearts Partner, this practice is a one-of-a-kind ceremony commemorating the development of an ageless love forever more. This celebration of the elements; to the Celts the four components Earth, Fire, Water and Air were the structures on which a successful partnership were built.

Anam Cara

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


Handfasting - An event going back to classical times, Handfasting is a practice of marriage before the availability of rings and precious metals. The couple would take a piece of cloth or rope and before their families and friends, proclaim their love and purpose by reciting a couple of words and also binding themselves together symbolically with the cordage. It is from this practice we still refer to marriage as "tying the knot".

Oathing Stone -- 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 groom and bride while their vows are recited, after that in some traditions is thrown right into a deep body of water to hold those pledges for evermore. Today that stone might be kept as a remembrance of this big day.

Oathing Stone

The Quaich - Initially crafted from wood the double 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 sign of his love for her during the marriage ceremony, from that point on the Quaich has actually been called the "loving cup". This stunning event conveys the blessings of Kith and Kin to the couple.

The Quaich

Pinning of the Tartan

Pinning of the Tartan - A new bride is formally settled for right into the groom's family with this event. Typically the oldest female participant of the groom's family offers a swatch of the family member 's Tartan to the new bride representing she is now linked right into all the behaviors of the clan.

The presentation of the family sword - The martial origins of the Celtic peoples revolved around the defense of fireplace as well as residence. This event is the acknowledgement of the male participants of the new bride's family that they also now have a new partnership and also a brand-new brother in arms.

Family Arms

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

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