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Events honoring Celtic origins and also practices have long been preferred. From the stirring cry of the bag pipe to the outfit of formal tartan and kilt, wedding events based on elements of Celtic practice can offer lasting memories. Aspects of these wedding events can include part or all of the following:

Anam Cara - Essentially, the Hearts other Half, this practice is a unique ceremony celebrating 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 foundations on which a successful partnership were built.

Anam Cara

This tradition was adapted as Christianity moved right into the Celtic lands and remains to be a remarkable means to include friends and family in your ceremony.

Handfasting

Handfasting - A ceremony dating back right to antiquity, Handfasting is a tradition of marriage before the availability of rings and also rare-earth elements. The couple would take an item of fabric or rope and before their friends and families, state their love and intent by reciting a couple of words and binding themselves with each other symbolically with the rope. It is from this custom we still describe marriage as "tying the knot".

Oathing Stone -- Just what better location to place the promises of a life time and eternity than in the heart of a stone? The oathing stone is held by the couple while their promises are recited, then in some practices is tossed right into a deep body of water to hold those promises for evermore. Today that stone could be maintained as a remembrance of this special day.

Oathing Stone

The Quaich - Initially crafted from timber the double handled Quaich was a Scotsman's canteen, mess kit and also drinking cup rolled right into one. King James of Scotland gave 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 actually been know as the "loving cup". This gorgeous ceremony shares the blessings of Kith and also 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 ceremony. Usually the oldest woman member of the bridegroom's family provides a swatch of the household 's Tartan to the new bride symbolizing 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 defense of hearth and also house. This ceremony is the acknowledgement of the male participants of the bride-to-be's family that they also currently have a new connection as well as a brand-new brother in arms.

Family Arms

At Life's Minutes weddings we can supply detailed guidance on Celtic/Scottish/Irish events, from construction of the event to the last blessing in Gaelic we can assist you produce the day of your dreams ...


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