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Events recognizing Celtic roots as well as practices have long been preferred. From the stirring cry of the bag pipe to the gown of official tartan and kilt, weddings based upon elements of Celtic practice can offer lasting memories. Aspects of these wedding celebrations can include part or every one of the following:

Anam Cara - Actually, the Hearts Partner, this practice is a unique ceremony celebrating the production of an ageless love now and forever more. This celebration of the elements; to the Celts the four aspects Earth, Fire, Water and Air were the structures on which a successful partnership were built.

Anam Cara

This tradition was adapted as Christianity relocated into the Celtic lands and also continues to be a wonderful way to include loved ones in your event.


Handfasting - A ceremony going back to antiquity, Handfasting is a practice of marriage prior to the availability of rings and precious metals. The couple would take a piece of cloth or rope and before their families and friends, declare their love and intent by reciting a few words and binding themselves together symbolically with the cordage. It is from this practice we still refer to marriage as "tying the knot".

Oathing Stone -- Exactly what better area to place 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 promises are stated, after that in some practices is thrown right into a deep body of water to hold those pledges for evermore. Today that stone could 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 also drinking vessel rolled into one. King James of Scotland gave his betrothed Anne of Denmark a Quaich as a symbol of his love for her during the marriage ceremony, from that point on the Quaich has actually been called the "loving cup". This gorgeous event shares 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 officially settled for into the bridegroom's family with this event. Typically the oldest woman participant of the bridegroom's family gives a swatch of the family member 's Tartan to the bride representing she is now interwoven right into all the doings of the clan.

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

Family Arms

At Life's Minutes weddings we can provide thorough guidance on Celtic/Scottish/Irish events, from building of the ceremony to the final true blessing in Gaelic we can help you produce the day of your dreams ...

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