Scottish – Irish – Celtic

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Events honoring Celtic origins and practices have long been popular. From the stirring cry of the bag pipe to the gown of official tartan and kilt, weddings based upon elements of Celtic practice can provide long lasting memories. Elements of these weddings can include part or all of the following:

Anam Cara - Essentially, the Hearts Partner, this tradition is a unique event celebrating the production of an ageless love forever more. This event of the components; to the Celts the four aspects Earth, Fire, Water and Air were the structures on which a successful partnership were built.

Anam Cara

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


Handfasting - An event dating back to classical times, Handfasting is a custom of marriage before the availability of rings and also precious metals. The couple would take a piece of cloth or rope and before their friends and families, proclaim their love and intent by reciting a few words and also binding themselves together symbolically with the rope. It is from this custom we still describe marriage as "tying the knot".

Oathing Stone -- What better location to put the promises 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, after that in some traditions is tossed into a deep body of water to hold those promises for evermore. Today that stone might be maintained as a remembrance of this big day.

Oathing Stone

The Quaich - Originally crafted from wood the double handled Quaich was a Scotsman's canteen, mess kit as well as drinking vessel rolled into one. King James of Scotland offered his betrothed Anne of Denmark a Quaich as a symbol of his love for her during the marriage, from that point on the Quaich has been know as the "loving cup". This lovely event communicates the true blessings of Kith and Kin to the couple.

The Quaich

Pinning of the Tartan

Pinning of the Tartan - A bride is formally settled for into the bridegroom's family through this event. Usually the oldest woman participant of the groom's family offers a swatch of the family member 's Tartan to the new bride symbolizing she is now linked 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 as well as residence. This event is the acknowledgement of the male members of the new bride's household that they as well now have a new partnership as well as a new brother in arms.

Family Arms

At Life's Minutes weddings we can offer detailed support on Celtic/Scottish/Irish ceremonies, from construction of the event to the last true blessing in Gaelic we can help you create the day of your dreams ...

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