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Events honoring Celtic origins and customs have long been prominent. From the stirring cry of the bag pipe to the dress of formal tartan and kilt, wedding events based upon elements of Celtic tradition can provide lasting memories. Elements of these wedding events could include part or all the following:

Anam Cara - Essentially, the Hearts other Half, this tradition is a special event celebrating the production of a timeless love now and forever more. This event of the aspects; to the Celts the four components Earth, Fire, Water and Air were the structures on which an effective partnership were built.

Anam Cara

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

Handfasting

Handfasting - A ceremony going back to antiquity, Handfasting is a practice of marriage before the availability 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 couple of words and binding themselves with each other symbolically with the cordage. It is from this tradition we still describe marriage as "tying the knot".

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

Oathing Stone

The Quaich - Initially crafted from wood the double handled Quaich was a Scotsman's canteen, mess kit and drinking vessel rolled right into one. King James of Scotland offered 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 beautiful ceremony communicates the blessings of Kith as well as Kin to the couple.

The Quaich

Pinning of the Tartan

Pinning of the Tartan - A new bride is officially approved into the groom's family through this ceremony. Usually the oldest female participant of the groom's family gives a swatch of the family member 's Tartan to the bride-to-be signifying she is now interwoven into all the behaviors of the clan.

The presentation of the family sword - The martial roots of the Celtic individuals focused on the protection of fireplace and residence. This event is the acknowledgement of the male participants of the new bride's household that they as well now have a new partnership as well as a brand-new sibling in arms.

Family Arms

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


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