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Celebrations honoring Celtic origins and customs have long been preferred. From the stirring cry of the bag pipe to the dress of formal tartan and kilt, weddings based upon aspects of Celtic tradition can give long-term memories. Facets of these weddings can consist of part or all of the following:

Anam Cara - Literally, the Hearts other Half, this custom is a special ceremony commemorating the development of a timeless love forever more. This celebration of the components; to the Celts the four aspects Earth, Fire, Water and Air were the foundations on which an effective relationship were built.

Anam Cara

This tradition was adapted as Christianity relocated into the Celtic lands and also continues to be a wonderful means to include family and friends in your event.

Handfasting

Handfasting - An event dating back to antiquity, Handfasting is a practice of marriage prior to the availability of rings as well as rare-earth elements. The couple would take a piece of fabric or rope and before their friends and families, declare their love and intent by reciting a few words and binding themselves with each other symbolically with the rope. It is from this custom we still refer to marriage as "tying the knot".

Oathing Stone -- Just what better area to put the pledges of a life time as well as eternity than in the heart of a stone? The oathing stone is held by the couple while their pledges are stated, after that in some practices is tossed right into a deep body of water to hold those assurances for evermore. Today that stone could be maintained as a remembrance of this special day.

Oathing Stone

The Quaich - Initially crafted from timber the double handled Quaich was a Scotsman's canteen, mess kit and drinking cup rolled into one. King James of Scotland gave his betrothed Anne of Denmark a Quaich as a symbol of his love for her throughout the wedding, From that point on the Quaich has been referred to as the "loving cup". This attractive event communicates the blessings of Kith and also Kin to the couple.

The Quaich

Pinning of the Tartan

Pinning of the Tartan - A new bride is officially settled for right into the groom's family with this event. Usually the oldest female participant of the groom's family provides a piece of the household 's Tartan to the bride-to-be representing she is currently interwoven right into all the doings of the clan.

The presentation of the family sword - The martial origins of the Celtic peoples revolved around the defense of fireplace and also home. This ceremony is the recognition of the male members of the bride's family members that they as well currently have a brand-new relationship as well as a new sibling in arms.

Family Arms

At Life's Minutes wedding events we can give thorough assistance on Celtic/Scottish/Irish events, from construction of the ceremony to the final blessing in Gaelic we can help you produce the day of your dreams ...


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