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Celebrations recognizing Celtic roots as well as practices have long been preferred. From the stirring cry of the bag pipe to the outfit of official tartan and kilt, weddings based on aspects of Celtic practice can provide long-term memories. Elements of these wedding events could include part or every one of the following:

Anam Cara - Essentially, the Hearts other Half, this custom is a distinct ceremony celebrating the creation of a classic love now and forever more. This celebration of the components; to the Celts the 4 components Earth, Fire, Water and Air were the foundations on which an effective partnership were developed.

Anam Cara

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


Handfasting - An event going back right to classical times, Handfasting is a practice of marriage before the availability of rings as well as rare-earth elements. The couple would take an item of fabric or rope and before their friends and families, proclaim their love and intention by stating a couple of words as well as binding themselves together symbolically with the rope. It is from this custom we still describe marriage as "tying the knot".

Oathing Stone -- Exactly what better location to place the guarantees of a lifetime as well as eternity than in the heart of a stone? The oathing stone is held by the couple while their vows are recited, then in some traditions is tossed right into a deep body of water to hold those guarantees for evermore. Today that stone may be kept as a remembrance of this big day.

Oathing Stone

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

The Quaich

Pinning of the Tartan

Pinning of the Tartan - A bride-to-be is officially accepted into the groom's family via this ceremony. Typically the oldest woman member of the groom's family gives a piece of the household 's Tartan to the bride-to-be signifying she is now interwoven into all the doings of the clan.

The presentation of the family sword - The martial origins of the Celtic peoples revolved around the protection of hearth and house. This event is the acknowledgement of the male participants of the bride-to-be's family members that they as well now have a brand-new connection as well as a new sibling in arms.

Family Arms

At Life's Minutes weddings we can provide extensive guidance on Celtic/Scottish/Irish ceremonies, from building of the event to the last true blessing in Gaelic we can assist you produce the day of your dreams ...

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