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Celebrations honoring Celtic roots and traditions have long been prominent. From the stirring cry of the bag pipe to the dress of formal tartan and kilt, wedding events based upon facets of Celtic practice can give long lasting memories. Aspects of these weddings can consist of part or every one of the following:

Anam Cara - Literally, the Hearts Partner, this custom is a special event commemorating the development of an ageless love forever more. This event of the components; to the Celts the four aspects Earth, Fire, Water and Air were the structures on which an effective partnership were developed.

Anam Cara

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


Handfasting - A ceremony dating back to classical times, Handfasting is a custom of marriage prior to the accessibility of rings as well as rare-earth elements. The couple would take a piece of fabric or rope and before their friends and families, declare their love and intention by stating a couple of words and binding themselves with each other symbolically with the rope. It is from this custom we still refer to marriage as "tying the knot".

Oathing Stone -- What better place to place the pledges of a lifetime as well as eternity than in the heart of a stone? The oathing stone is held by the groom and bride while their pledges are recited, then in some customs is thrown right into a deep body of water to hold those promises for evermore. Today that stone could be kept as a remembrance of this wedding.

Oathing Stone

The Quaich - Initially crafted from wood the twin handled Quaich was a Scotsman's canteen, mess kit and drinking cup rolled into one. King James of Scotland offered his betrothed Anne of Denmark a Quaich as a symbol of his love for her during the wedding, from that point on the Quaich has actually been referred to as the "loving cup". This gorgeous event shares the blessings of Kith and also Kin to the couple.

The Quaich

Pinning of the Tartan

Pinning of the Tartan - A bride is formally accepted into the bridegroom's family with this ceremony. Typically the oldest female participant of the bridegroom's family gives a swatch of the family member 's Tartan to the new bride symbolizing 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 fireplace and home. This ceremony is the recognition of the male members of the new bride's family members that they as well currently have a brand-new partnership and a 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 last true blessing in Gaelic we can help you develop the day of your dreams ...

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