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Celebrations recognizing Celtic origins as well as traditions have actually long been popular. From the stirring cry of the bag pipe to the dress of formal tartan and kilt, weddings based upon aspects of Celtic custom can supply lasting memories. Elements of these wedding events can consist of part or all the following:

Anam Cara - Essentially, the Hearts other Half, this custom is a distinct ceremony celebrating the creation of an ageless love forever more. This event of the elements; to the Celts the 4 components Earth, Fire, Water and Air were the foundations on which an effective connection were built.

Anam Cara

This practice was adapted as Christianity relocated right into the Celtic lands and also continues to be a terrific way to include family and friends in your ceremony.


Handfasting - An event going back to antiquity, Handfasting is a tradition of marriage before the accessibility of rings and rare-earth elements. The couple would take a piece of cloth or rope and before their friends and families, declare their love and purpose by stating a couple of words as well as binding themselves with each other symbolically with the rope. It is from this tradition we still refer to marriage as "tying the knot".

Oathing Stone -- Just what better location to place the pledges 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 promises are recited, then in some customs is thrown into a deep body of water to hold those pledges for evermore. Today that stone might be kept as a remembrance of this wedding.

Oathing Stone

The Quaich - Originally crafted from wood the double handled Quaich was a Scotsman's canteen, mess kit and drinking mug 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 called the "loving cup". This attractive event communicates the true blessings of Kith and Kin to the couple.

The Quaich

Pinning of the Tartan

Pinning of the Tartan - A bride-to-be is officially accepted into the bridegroom's family with this event. Usually the oldest woman member of the groom's family offers a swatch of the family member 's Tartan to the bride representing she is currently interwoven into all the doings of the clan.

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

Family Arms

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

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