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Celebrations recognizing Celtic origins and practices have long been popular. From the stirring cry of the bag pipe to the gown of formal tartan and kilt, wedding events based on facets of Celtic practice can supply lasting memories. Elements of these wedding events can include part or every one of the following:

Anam Cara - Essentially, the Hearts Partner, this tradition is a one-of-a-kind ceremony celebrating the production of a classic love now and forever more. This celebration of the components; to the Celts the four components Earth, Fire, Water and Air were the foundations on which an effective partnership were developed.

Anam Cara

This custom was adjusted as Christianity moved into the Celtic lands as well as remains to be a fantastic way to include friends and family in your event.


Handfasting - An event going back right to antiquity, Handfasting is a tradition of marriage before the availability of rings as well as precious metals. The couple would take an item of cloth or rope and before their families and friends, proclaim their love and intent by reciting a couple of words and binding themselves together symbolically with the cordage. 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 groom and bride while their pledges are recited, then in some practices is tossed right into a deep body of water to hold those pledges for evermore. Today that stone might be kept as a remembrance of this wedding.

Oathing Stone

The Quaich - Initially crafted from timber the twin handled Quaich was a Scotsman's canteen, mess kit and drinking cup rolled into one. King James of Scotland provided his betrothed Anne of Denmark a Quaich as a sign of his love for her during the marriage, from that point on the Quaich has actually been referred to as the "loving cup". This beautiful ceremony conveys 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 approved into the bridegroom's family via this event. Usually the oldest female member of the bridegroom's family gives a swatch of the family member 's Tartan to the new bride indicating she is currently linked into all the doings of the clan.

The presentation of the family sword - The martial origins of the Celtic individuals revolved around the defense of hearth and house. This event is the acknowledgement of the male members of the bride's family members that they too currently have a new partnership and also a new brother in arms.

Family Arms

At Life's Minutes weddings we can supply detailed guidance on Celtic/Scottish/Irish ceremonies, from building and construction of the event to the last true blessing in Gaelic we can assist you produce the day of your desires ...

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