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Celebrations honoring Celtic origins and traditions have long been popular. From the stirring cry of the bag pipe to the dress of formal tartan and kilt, weddings based upon aspects of Celtic custom can offer long-term memories. Aspects of these weddings can include part or all of the following:

Anam Cara - Actually, the Hearts Partner, this custom is a distinct ceremony celebrating the production of an ageless love now and forever more. This event of the elements; to the Celts the 4 aspects Earth, Fire, Water and Air were the structures on which a successful connection were developed.

Anam Cara

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

Handfasting

Handfasting - An event dating back right 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 friends and families, declare their love and intention by reciting a few words as well as binding themselves together symbolically with the cordage. It is from this custom we still refer to marriage as "tying the knot".

Oathing Stone -- Just what better area to place the assurances of a lifetime as well as eternity than in the heart of a stone? The oathing stone is held by the couple while their promises are recited, then in some practices is thrown right into a deep body of water to hold those guarantees for evermore. Today that stone might be maintained as a remembrance of this big day.

Oathing Stone

The Quaich - Initially crafted from timber the double handled Quaich was a Scotsman's canteen, mess kit and also drinking mug rolled right into one. King James of Scotland gave his betrothed Anne of Denmark a Quaich as a sign of his love for her throughout the wedding, from that point on the Quaich has actually been called the "loving cup". This beautiful ceremony shares 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 officially approved right into the groom's family through this ceremony. Generally the oldest female member of the groom's family provides a swatch of the family member 's Tartan to the bride-to-be symbolizing she is now linked into all the doings of the clan.

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

Family Arms

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


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