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Celebrations recognizing Celtic roots and traditions have long been popular. From the stirring cry of the bag pipe to the dress of official tartan and kilt, wedding events based on elements of Celtic custom can give lasting memories. Elements of these wedding celebrations can consist of part or all of the following:

Anam Cara - Essentially, the Hearts other Half, this practice is an one-of-a-kind event celebrating the creation of a classic love now and forever more. This event of the elements; to the Celts the 4 components Earth, Fire, Water and Air were the foundations on which a successful relationship were constructed.

Anam Cara

This tradition was adjusted as Christianity relocated into the Celtic lands as well as continues to be a remarkable way to include loved ones in your event.


Handfasting - A ceremony going back to antiquity, Handfasting is a custom of marriage before the availability of rings as well as 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 with each other symbolically with the rope. It is from this practice we still describe marriage as "tying the knot".

Oathing Stone -- Exactly what better location 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 bride and groom while their promises are recited, then in some customs is thrown into a deep body of water to hold those assurances for evermore. Today that stone may be kept as a remembrance of this special day.

Oathing Stone

The Quaich - Initially crafted from timber the twin handled Quaich was a Scotsman's canteen, mess kit as well as 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 ceremony, from that point on the Quaich has been called the "loving cup". This gorgeous ceremony communicates the true blessings of Kith as well as Kin to the couple.

The Quaich

Pinning of the Tartan

Pinning of the Tartan - A bride is formally accepted right into the groom's family through this ceremony. Normally the oldest woman participant of the groom's family offers a swatch of the family member 's Tartan to the new bride indicating she is now interwoven right into all the behaviors of the clan.

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

Family Arms

At Life's Minutes wedding celebrations we can provide thorough support on Celtic/Scottish/Irish events, from building and construction of the event to the last blessing in Gaelic we can help you develop the day of your dreams ...

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