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Events honoring Celtic origins and traditions have long been prominent. From the stirring cry of the bag pipe to the outfit of formal tartan and kilt, wedding celebrations based upon facets of Celtic practice can offer long-term memories. Facets of these weddings can consist of part or every one of the following:

Anam Cara - Actually, the Hearts Partner, this tradition is a unique ceremony celebrating the creation of a classic love now and forever more. This celebration 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 tradition was adapted as Christianity moved into the Celtic lands and also continues to be a terrific means to include family and friends in your ceremony.


Handfasting - A ceremony dating back to classical times, Handfasting is a custom of marriage prior to the accessibility of rings as well as precious metals. The couple would take a piece of fabric or rope and before their families and friends, proclaim their love and intent by stating a few words and binding themselves together symbolically with the cordage. It is from this practice we still refer to marriage as "tying the knot".

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

Oathing Stone

The Quaich - Initially crafted from timber the twin handled Quaich was a Scotsman's canteen, mess kit and also drinking mug rolled into one. King James of Scotland gave his betrothed Anne of Denmark a Quaich as a sign of his love for her during the marriage ceremony, from that point on the Quaich has been called the "loving cup". This beautiful event conveys the 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 accepted into the groom's family through this ceremony. Generally the oldest female member of the groom's family provides a piece of the family member 's Tartan to the new bride indicating she is currently interwoven 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 as well as house. This event is the recognition of the male participants of the bride-to-be's family that they also now have a new partnership as well as a new brother in arms.

Family Arms

At Life's Minutes wedding events we can provide detailed support on Celtic/Scottish/Irish ceremonies, from construction of the ceremony to the last true blessing in Gaelic we can assist you produce the day of your dreams ...

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