Scottish – Irish – Celtic

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Celebrations recognizing Celtic roots as well as customs have long been prominent. From the stirring cry of the bag pipe to the gown of official tartan and kilt, weddings based on elements of Celtic practice can provide enduring memories. Aspects of these wedding events can include part or all the following:

Anam Cara - Actually, the Hearts Partner, this practice is a distinct ceremony commemorating the development of a timeless love forever more. This celebration of the aspects; to the Celts the 4 elements Earth, Fire, Water and Air were the foundations on which a successful partnership were constructed.

Anam Cara

This practice was adjusted as Christianity moved 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 to antiquity, Handfasting is a practice of marriage before the availability of rings and rare-earth elements. The couple would take a piece of fabric or rope and before their families and friends, state 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 describe marriage as "tying the knot".

Oathing Stone -- Exactly what better place to put the promises 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 pledges are stated, then in some practices is thrown into a deep body of water to hold those guarantees for evermore. Today that stone might be kept as a remembrance of this special day.

Oathing Stone

The Quaich - Originally crafted from timber the double handled Quaich was a Scotsman's canteen, mess kit as well as drinking vessel rolled right into one. King James of Scotland provided his betrothed Anne of Denmark a Quaich as a symbol of his love for her during the marriage ceremony, from that point on the Quaich has been referred to as the "loving cup". This gorgeous event shares the true blessings of Kith and Kin to the couple.

The Quaich

Pinning of the Tartan

Pinning of the Tartan - A bride is formally approved into the groom's family via this event. Usually the oldest female participant of the bridegroom's family provides a piece of the family member 's Tartan to the bride-to-be symbolizing she is now interwoven right into all the behaviors of the clan.

The presentation of the family sword - The martial roots of the Celtic peoples focused on the defense of hearth as well as home. This ceremony is the recognition of the male members of the new bride's family that they too now have a brand-new relationship and a new brother in arms.

Family Arms

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

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