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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 gown of official tartan and kilt, weddings based on facets of Celtic custom can offer long lasting memories. Facets of these weddings can consist of part or all of the following:

Anam Cara - Actually, the Hearts other Half, this practice is a one-of-a-kind event celebrating the production of a classic love now and forever more. This celebration of the components; to the Celts the four aspects Earth, Fire, Water and Air were the structures on which an effective connection were constructed.

Anam Cara

This tradition was adapted as Christianity moved into the Celtic lands and remains to be a fantastic way to include family and friends in your event.


Handfasting - A ceremony going back to classical times, Handfasting is a practice of marriage prior to the accessibility of rings and also precious metals. The couple would take an item of fabric or rope and before their families and friends, state their love and intent by reciting a couple of words and also binding themselves with each other symbolically with the cordage. It is from this practice we still refer to marriage as "tying the knot".

Oathing Stone -- What better location to place the promises of a lifetime and eternity than in the heart of a stone? The oathing stone is held by the couple while their pledges are recited, then in some customs is thrown 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 wood the twin handled Quaich was a Scotsman's canteen, mess kit and also drinking mug 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 marriage ceremony, from that point on the Quaich has actually been referred to as the "loving cup". This lovely event communicates the blessings of Kith as well as Kin to the couple.

The Quaich

Pinning of the Tartan

Pinning of the Tartan - A bride-to-be is officially approved right into the bridegroom's family via this event. Normally the oldest female participant of the groom's family offers a piece of the household 's Tartan to the bride-to-be signifying she is currently linked right into all the doings of the clan.

The presentation of the family sword - The martial origins of the Celtic individuals revolved around the defense of fireplace and also house. This ceremony is the acknowledgement of the male participants of the bride-to-be's family members that they as well now have a new relationship as well as a new brother in arms.

Family Arms

At Life's Minutes weddings we can provide extensive assistance on Celtic/Scottish/Irish ceremonies, from building and construction of the event to the final blessing in Gaelic we can assist you produce the day of your desires ...

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