Scottish – Irish – Celtic

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Celebrations recognizing Celtic roots and practices have long been popular. From the stirring cry of the bag pipe to the gown of formal tartan and kilt, wedding events based upon aspects of Celtic custom can offer lasting memories. Elements of these wedding events could consist of part or every one of the following:

Anam Cara - Essentially, the Hearts other Half, this custom is a distinct ceremony commemorating the development of a classic love forever more. This event of the aspects; to the Celts the four components Earth, Fire, Water and Air were the structures on which an effective partnership were constructed.

Anam Cara

This practice was adapted as Christianity relocated right into the Celtic lands and also continues to be a fantastic means to include family and friends in your event.


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

Oathing Stone -- Exactly what better area to place the promises of a life time and also eternity than in the heart of a stone? The oathing stone is held by the bride and groom while their vows are stated, then in some customs is thrown right into a deep body of water to hold those assurances for evermore. Today that stone may be kept as a remembrance of this wedding.

Oathing Stone

The Quaich - Initially crafted from timber the twin handled Quaich was a Scotsman's canteen, mess kit and also drinking mug rolled right into one. King James of Scotland offered his betrothed Anne of Denmark a Quaich as a sign of his love for her throughout the wedding, from that point on the Quaich has been know as the "loving cup". This attractive ceremony communicates the true 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 into the bridegroom's family with this event. Usually the oldest woman member of the bridegroom's family provides a swatch of the household 's Tartan to the bride-to-be representing she is currently linked into all the doings of the clan.

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

Family Arms

At Life's Minutes weddings we can supply thorough support on Celtic/Scottish/Irish ceremonies, from building of the ceremony to the last blessing in Gaelic we can help you develop the day of your desires ...

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