Scottish – Irish – Celtic

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Events recognizing Celtic origins as well as traditions have long been preferred. From the stirring cry of the bag pipe to the dress of official tartan and kilt, weddings based upon facets of Celtic tradition can provide long-term memories. Facets of these weddings could include part or every one of the following:

Anam Cara - Essentially, the Hearts Partner, this custom is a special event commemorating the creation of a classic love now and forever more. This event of the elements; to the Celts the four components Earth, Fire, Water and Air were the foundations on which a successful relationship were constructed.

Anam Cara

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


Handfasting - An event going back right to antiquity, Handfasting is a custom of marriage prior to the availability of rings and precious metals. The couple would take a piece of cloth or rope and before their families and friends, declare their love and intention by reciting a few words and 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 place to place the assurances of a lifetime and eternity than in the heart of a stone? The oathing stone is held by the groom and bride while their promises are stated, then in some customs is tossed into a deep body of water to hold those promises for evermore. Today that stone could be maintained as a remembrance of this wedding.

Oathing Stone

The Quaich - Initially crafted from wood the twin handled Quaich was a Scotsman's canteen, mess kit and drinking vessel rolled right 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 know as the "loving cup". This lovely event conveys the true blessings of Kith and Kin to the couple.

The Quaich

Pinning of the Tartan

Pinning of the Tartan - A bride is officially settled for into the groom's family through this event. Typically the oldest woman participant of the groom's family offers a swatch of the household 's Tartan to the new bride representing she is currently interwoven into all the doings of the clan.

The presentation of the family sword - The martial roots of the Celtic individuals revolved around the defense of hearth and home. This event is the recognition of the male members of the bride's family that they also currently have a new connection and also a brand-new brother in arms.

Family Arms

At Life's Minutes wedding celebrations we can give thorough guidance on Celtic/Scottish/Irish events, from construction of the event to the final blessing in Gaelic we can help you create the day of your desires ...

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