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Events recognizing Celtic roots and customs have actually long been prominent. From the stirring cry of the bag pipe to the dress of formal tartan and kilt, wedding events based on facets of Celtic custom can offer long-term memories. Elements of these wedding celebrations can include part or all the following:

Anam Cara - Literally, the Hearts Partner, this custom is a distinct event celebrating the creation of a timeless love forever more. This celebration of the aspects; to the Celts the four aspects Earth, Fire, Water and Air were the foundations on which an effective connection were built.

Anam Cara

This tradition was adjusted as Christianity moved right into the Celtic lands and also continues to be a remarkable means to include friends and family in your event.


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

Oathing Stone -- What better place to put the guarantees 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 recited, then in some practices is tossed right into a deep body of water to hold those promises for evermore. Today that stone may be kept as a remembrance of this big day.

Oathing Stone

The Quaich - Originally crafted from wood the twin handled Quaich was a Scotsman's canteen, mess kit as well as 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 during the marriage, from that point on the Quaich has actually been know as the "loving cup". This stunning ceremony conveys the true blessings of Kith and also Kin to the couple.

The Quaich

Pinning of the Tartan

Pinning of the Tartan - A bride is officially accepted right into the groom's family via this ceremony. Typically the oldest female participant of the bridegroom's family offers a piece of the family member 's Tartan to the bride-to-be signifying she is currently interwoven right 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 and also residence. This ceremony is the recognition of the male members of the bride-to-be's family that they also now have a brand-new connection and also a new brother in arms.

Family Arms

At Life's Minutes weddings we can provide comprehensive support on Celtic/Scottish/Irish events, from building of the event to the last true blessing in Gaelic we can assist you create the day of your desires ...

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