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Celebrations 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, weddings based on facets of Celtic custom can give lasting memories. Elements of these wedding celebrations can include part or all the following:

Anam Cara - Literally, the Hearts Partner, this tradition is a special ceremony celebrating the development of an ageless love now and forever more. This celebration of the elements; to the Celts the four components Earth, Fire, Water and Air were the structures on which an effective connection were developed.

Anam Cara

This practice was adapted as Christianity relocated into the Celtic lands and continues to be a terrific means to include family and friends in your ceremony.

Handfasting

Handfasting - A ceremony dating back to antiquity, Handfasting is a custom of marriage before the accessibility of rings and precious metals. The couple would take an item of cloth or rope and before their families and friends, state their love and intent by reciting a couple of words as well as binding themselves together symbolically with the rope. It is from this tradition we still refer to marriage as "tying the knot".

Oathing Stone -- What better location to place the assurances of a lifetime and eternity than in the heart of a stone? The oathing stone is held by the couple while their pledges are recited, after that in some practices is thrown right into a deep body of water to hold those assurances for evermore. Today that stone might be kept as a remembrance of this special day.

Oathing Stone

The Quaich - Originally crafted from timber the double handled Quaich was a Scotsman's canteen, mess kit and drinking mug 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, from that point on the Quaich has been called the "loving cup". This stunning event communicates the true blessings of Kith as well as Kin to the couple.

The Quaich

Pinning of the Tartan

Pinning of the Tartan - A new bride is formally accepted into the bridegroom's family via this event. Generally the oldest woman member of the groom's family offers a swatch of the family member 's Tartan to the bride indicating she is now interwoven 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 hearth and also home. This ceremony is the acknowledgement of the male members of the bride's family members that they also now have a brand-new partnership and also a brand-new sibling in arms.

Family Arms

At Life's Minutes wedding celebrations we can provide comprehensive guidance on Celtic/Scottish/Irish events, from construction of the ceremony to the final blessing in Gaelic we can assist you create the day of your dreams ...


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