Scottish – Irish – Celtic

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Celebrations honoring Celtic origins as well as traditions have long been prominent. From the stirring cry of the bag pipe to the gown of official tartan and kilt, wedding celebrations based upon elements of Celtic tradition can provide long lasting memories. Aspects of these wedding events can consist of part or all the following:

Anam Cara - Actually, the Hearts other Half, this tradition is a distinct event celebrating the production of a classic love forever more. This celebration of the components; 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 adapted as Christianity moved right into the Celtic lands and also continues to be a wonderful way to include loved ones in your event.


Handfasting - A ceremony dating back right to antiquity, Handfasting is a practice of marriage prior to the accessibility of rings as well as rare-earth elements. The couple would take a piece of fabric or rope and before their friends and families, state their love and purpose by reciting a few words and binding themselves together symbolically with the cordage. It is from this custom we still describe marriage as "tying the knot".

Oathing Stone -- What better location to put the assurances of a lifetime and eternity than in the heart of a stone? The oathing stone is held by the groom and bride while their pledges are stated, after that in some traditions is tossed into a deep body of water to hold those guarantees for evermore. Today that stone could be kept as a remembrance of this special day.

Oathing Stone

The Quaich - Originally crafted from timber the twin handled Quaich was a Scotsman's canteen, mess kit and drinking cup rolled right into one. King James of Scotland provided his betrothed Anne of Denmark a Quaich as a symbol of his love for her throughout the marriage, from that point on the Quaich has been know as the "loving cup". This beautiful 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 formally accepted into the groom's family through this ceremony. Typically the oldest woman member of the bridegroom's family gives a swatch of the family member 's Tartan to the bride-to-be signifying she is currently interwoven into all the behaviors of the clan.

The presentation of the family sword - The martial roots of the Celtic peoples revolved around the protection of fireplace and home. This event is the acknowledgement of the male participants of the bride-to-be's household that they too now have a new partnership and a brand-new brother in arms.

Family Arms

At Life's Minutes wedding celebrations we can give comprehensive assistance on Celtic/Scottish/Irish events, from building of the ceremony to the final blessing in Gaelic we can assist you produce the day of your desires ...

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