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Celebrations recognizing Celtic roots as well as practices have long been preferred. From the stirring cry of the bag pipe to the dress of official tartan and kilt, wedding events based upon facets of Celtic custom can offer long lasting memories. Facets of these wedding celebrations could consist of part or all the following:

Anam Cara - Essentially, the Hearts other Half, this practice is a one-of-a-kind event celebrating the creation of a classic love now and forever more. This event of the components; to the Celts the 4 aspects Earth, Fire, Water and Air were the foundations on which a successful relationship were constructed.

Anam Cara

This custom was adjusted as Christianity moved right into the Celtic lands as well as remains to be a remarkable way to include loved ones in your ceremony.


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

Oathing Stone -- What better area to put the promises of a lifetime as well as eternity than in the heart of a stone? The oathing stone is held by the couple while their vows are recited, then 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 - Originally crafted from wood the twin handled Quaich was a Scotsman's canteen, mess kit and drinking vessel rolled into one. King James of Scotland provided his betrothed Anne of Denmark a Quaich as a sign of his love for her throughout the marriage ceremony, from that point on the Quaich has actually been called the "loving cup". This lovely 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 settled for into the bridegroom's family through this ceremony. Typically the oldest woman member of the groom's family gives a piece of the family member 's Tartan to the bride representing she is now linked into all the doings of the clan.

The presentation of the family sword - The martial roots of the Celtic peoples revolved around the protection of fireplace as well as residence. This ceremony is the recognition of the male participants of the new bride's household that they as well currently have a new relationship as well as a brand-new brother in arms.

Family Arms

At Life's Minutes wedding celebrations we can offer thorough support on Celtic/Scottish/Irish events, from building of the ceremony to the last true blessing in Gaelic we can assist you create the day of your dreams ...

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