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Events recognizing Celtic origins as well as customs have long been prominent. From the stirring cry of the bag pipe to the outfit of official tartan and kilt, wedding events based upon facets of Celtic custom can provide lasting memories. Facets of these wedding events can include part or all the following:

Anam Cara - Actually, the Hearts other Half, this custom is a special event commemorating the development of a classic love forever more. This event of the aspects; to the Celts the 4 elements Earth, Fire, Water and Air were the structures on which an effective partnership were built.

Anam Cara

This custom was adapted as Christianity moved right into the Celtic lands and also remains to be a wonderful way to include loved ones in your ceremony.


Handfasting - An event dating back to antiquity, Handfasting is a custom of marriage before the availability of rings and rare-earth elements. The couple would take an item of fabric or rope and before their families and friends, declare their love and intention by reciting a few 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 -- What better area to place the pledges of a life time and also eternity than in the heart of a stone? The oathing stone is held by the groom and bride while their vows are recited, after that in some practices is tossed right into a deep body of water to hold those pledges for evermore. Today that stone might be maintained 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 mug 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, from that point on the Quaich has been referred to as the "loving cup". This beautiful ceremony communicates 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 formally approved into the groom's family via this event. Normally the oldest female member of the bridegroom's family offers a swatch of the household 's Tartan to the bride-to-be symbolizing she is currently 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 fireplace and also house. This ceremony is the recognition of the male members of the bride's family members that they as well now have a brand-new connection as well as a new brother in arms.

Family Arms

At Life's Minutes wedding celebrations we can offer extensive support on Celtic/Scottish/Irish ceremonies, from building of the ceremony to the last true blessing in Gaelic we can assist you create the day of your desires ...

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