Scottish – Irish – Celtic

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Events recognizing Celtic roots as well as customs have actually long been popular. From the stirring cry of the bag pipe to the dress of official tartan and kilt, weddings based on aspects of Celtic custom can offer enduring memories. Facets of these wedding events can consist of part or every one of the following:

Anam Cara - Literally, the Hearts Partner, this custom is a one-of-a-kind ceremony celebrating the production of an ageless love now and forever more. This event of the components; to the Celts the 4 aspects Earth, Fire, Water and Air were the structures on which a successful connection were developed.

Anam Cara

This practice was adjusted as Christianity moved into the Celtic lands as well as continues to be a wonderful means to include friends and family in your event.


Handfasting - A ceremony going back right to antiquity, Handfasting is a practice of marriage prior to the accessibility of rings and 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 couple of words and also binding themselves with each other symbolically with the cordage. It is from this custom we still refer to marriage as "tying the knot".

Oathing Stone -- What better location to put the promises of a lifetime as well as eternity than in the heart of a stone? The oathing stone is held by the couple while their promises are stated, after that in some practices is thrown into a deep body of water to hold those pledges for evermore. Today that stone may be maintained as a remembrance of this special day.

Oathing Stone

The Quaich - Initially crafted from timber the double handled Quaich was a Scotsman's canteen, mess kit and drinking cup rolled right into one. King James of Scotland gave his betrothed Anne of Denmark a Quaich as a symbol of his love for her during the marriage ceremony, from that point on the Quaich has been know as the "loving cup". This lovely ceremony communicates the true 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 accepted right into the groom's family via this ceremony. Generally the oldest woman participant of the groom's family gives a swatch of the household 's Tartan to the bride-to-be indicating she is now interwoven into all the doings of the clan.

The presentation of the family sword - The martial roots of the Celtic individuals revolved around the defense of fireplace as well as house. This ceremony is the recognition of the male members of the bride's family members that they also now have a brand-new partnership and also a brand-new sibling in arms.

Family Arms

At Life's Minutes weddings we can give comprehensive support on Celtic/Scottish/Irish ceremonies, from building and construction of the ceremony to the last blessing in Gaelic we can help you create the day of your dreams ...

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