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Events recognizing Celtic roots and practices have actually long been preferred. From the stirring cry of the bag pipe to the gown of formal tartan and kilt, weddings based on aspects of Celtic practice can offer lasting memories. Facets of these wedding events can include part or all of the following:

Anam Cara - Essentially, the Hearts other Half, this custom is an one-of-a-kind event commemorating the production of a classic love forever more. This event of the components; to the Celts the 4 aspects Earth, Fire, Water and Air were the structures on which an effective partnership were developed.

Anam Cara

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

Handfasting

Handfasting - A ceremony going back right to classical times, Handfasting is a tradition of marriage before the accessibility of rings and also precious metals. The couple would take a piece of cloth or rope and before their families and friends, declare their love and intention by stating a few words and binding themselves with each other symbolically with the cordage. It is from this custom we still describe marriage as "tying the knot".

Oathing Stone -- Exactly what better area to put the promises of a lifetime and eternity than in the heart of a stone? The oathing stone is held by the groom and bride while their vows are stated, after that in some traditions is thrown into a deep body of water to hold those guarantees for evermore. Today that stone might be maintained as a remembrance of this wedding.

Oathing Stone

The Quaich - Initially crafted from wood the double handled Quaich was a Scotsman's canteen, mess kit as well as drinking vessel rolled right 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, From that point on the Quaich has actually been called the "loving cup". This lovely ceremony communicates the blessings of Kith and Kin to the couple.

The Quaich

Pinning of the Tartan

Pinning of the Tartan - A bride-to-be is officially approved into the groom's family via this event. Usually the oldest woman member of the groom's family offers a piece of the family member 's Tartan to the new bride representing she is now linked into all the behaviors of the clan.

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

Family Arms

At Life's Minutes weddings we can provide thorough guidance on Celtic/Scottish/Irish events, from building and construction of the event to the final blessing in Gaelic we can help you produce the day of your dreams ...


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