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Events honoring Celtic roots and traditions have long been popular. From the stirring cry of the bag pipe to the outfit of formal tartan and kilt, wedding celebrations based on aspects of Celtic practice can provide long lasting memories. Facets of these wedding events can consist of part or all the following:

Anam Cara - Literally, the Hearts other Half, this custom is a unique ceremony commemorating the development of a classic love now and forever more. This event of the elements; to the Celts the 4 aspects Earth, Fire, Water and Air were the foundations on which an effective partnership were constructed.

Anam Cara

This tradition was adapted as Christianity moved into the Celtic lands and also continues to be a remarkable way to include loved ones in your ceremony.

Handfasting

Handfasting - An event dating back right to classical times, Handfasting is a practice of marriage prior to the availability of rings as well as rare-earth elements. The couple would take an item of cloth or rope and before their friends and families, proclaim their love and intention by stating a few words as well as binding themselves together symbolically with the rope. It is from this tradition we still describe marriage as "tying the knot".

Oathing Stone -- What better location to place the guarantees of a life time and eternity than in the heart of a stone? The oathing stone is held by the groom and bride while their pledges are recited, then in some customs is thrown into a deep body of water to hold those promises for evermore. Today that stone could be kept as a remembrance of this big day.

Oathing Stone

The Quaich - Initially crafted from wood the double handled Quaich was a Scotsman's canteen, mess kit and drinking mug rolled right into one. King James of Scotland offered 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 called the "loving cup". This gorgeous event communicates the 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 bridegroom's family with this ceremony. Typically the oldest female participant of the bridegroom's family gives a piece of the household 's Tartan to the bride symbolizing she is now linked into all the behaviors of the clan.

The presentation of the family sword - The martial roots of the Celtic peoples focused on the defense of fireplace and also house. This ceremony is the acknowledgement of the male members of the bride's household that they as well currently have a brand-new partnership and a new sibling in arms.

Family Arms

At Life's Minutes wedding celebrations we can provide extensive assistance on Celtic/Scottish/Irish ceremonies, from construction of the event to the last true blessing in Gaelic we can help you develop the day of your dreams ...


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