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Events honoring Celtic roots as well as traditions have long been prominent. From the stirring cry of the bag pipe to the dress of official tartan and kilt, weddings based on elements of Celtic custom can offer lasting memories. Elements of these weddings can consist of part or every one of the following:

Anam Cara - Essentially, the Hearts other Half, this custom is a distinct ceremony celebrating the development of an ageless love now and forever more. This event of the components; to the Celts the 4 elements Earth, Fire, Water and Air were the structures on which an effective partnership were developed.

Anam Cara

This practice was adjusted as Christianity moved right into the Celtic lands and also continues to be a wonderful means to include loved ones in your ceremony.

Handfasting

Handfasting - An event dating back to antiquity, Handfasting is a custom of marriage before the availability of rings and rare-earth elements. The couple would take an item 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 tradition we still refer to marriage as "tying the knot".

Oathing Stone -- Just what better location to put the assurances 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 recited, then in some practices is thrown into a deep body of water to hold those promises for evermore. Today that stone may be kept as a remembrance of this wedding.

Oathing Stone

The Quaich - Initially crafted from wood the double handled Quaich was a Scotsman's canteen, mess kit and also drinking mug rolled right into one. King James of Scotland provided his betrothed Anne of Denmark a Quaich as a sign of his love for her during the marriage ceremony, from that point on the Quaich has been called the "loving cup". This beautiful event conveys the blessings of Kith and Kin to the couple.

The Quaich

Pinning of the Tartan

Pinning of the Tartan - A new bride is officially approved into the bridegroom's family through this ceremony. Usually the oldest female participant of the bridegroom's family offers a swatch of the family member 's Tartan to the bride-to-be representing she is currently linked into all the doings of the clan.

The presentation of the family sword - The martial origins of the Celtic individuals focused on the defense of hearth and home. This ceremony is the recognition of the male members of the new bride's household that they as well currently have a brand-new connection and a brand-new brother in arms.

Family Arms

At Life's Minutes wedding events we can provide detailed guidance on Celtic/Scottish/Irish ceremonies, from building and construction of the ceremony to the last blessing in Gaelic we can help you develop the day of your dreams ...


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