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Celebrations honoring Celtic roots and also practices have long been prominent. From the stirring cry of the bag pipe to the gown of official tartan and kilt, wedding events based on aspects of Celtic practice can provide enduring memories. Elements of these wedding events can include part or all of the following:

Anam Cara - Literally, the Hearts other Half, this custom is an one-of-a-kind ceremony celebrating the development of a timeless love now and forever more. This celebration of the elements; to the Celts the 4 elements Earth, Fire, Water and Air were the foundations on which an effective partnership were built.

Anam Cara

This custom was adapted as Christianity moved right into the Celtic lands as well as remains to be a remarkable way to include family and friends in your ceremony.


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

Oathing Stone -- What better area to put the assurances of a lifetime and also eternity than in the heart of a stone? The oathing stone is held by the bride and groom while their pledges are stated, after that in some practices is tossed into a deep body of water to hold those promises for evermore. Today that stone could be kept as a remembrance of this special day.

Oathing Stone

The Quaich - Initially crafted from wood the twin handled Quaich was a Scotsman's canteen, mess kit and drinking mug rolled right 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 referred to as the "loving cup". This stunning ceremony shares the true blessings of Kith and also Kin to the couple.

The Quaich

Pinning of the Tartan

Pinning of the Tartan - A new bride is officially approved into the groom's family via this ceremony. Normally the oldest female participant of the groom's family provides a swatch of the family member 's Tartan to the bride-to-be signifying she is currently interwoven into all the behaviors of the clan.

The presentation of the family sword - The martial roots of the Celtic individuals revolved around the protection of fireplace as well as residence. This ceremony is the recognition of the male members of the bride-to-be's family members that they as well currently have a new relationship and a new sibling in arms.

Family Arms

At Life's Minutes weddings we can give extensive assistance on Celtic/Scottish/Irish ceremonies, from building and construction of the event to the final blessing in Gaelic we can help you create the day of your dreams ...

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