Scottish – Irish – Celtic

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Celebrations recognizing Celtic roots and practices have long been preferred. From the stirring cry of the bag pipe to the outfit of official tartan and kilt, wedding events based on facets of Celtic tradition can give lasting memories. Elements of these wedding events could include part or all of the following:

Anam Cara - Actually, the Hearts Partner, this practice is a distinct ceremony commemorating the production of a classic love forever more. This celebration of the aspects; to the Celts the 4 components Earth, Fire, Water and Air were the structures on which a successful partnership were constructed.

Anam Cara

This tradition was adapted as Christianity relocated into the Celtic lands as well as continues to be a remarkable way to include friends and family in your event.


Handfasting - A ceremony going back right to classical times, Handfasting is a practice of marriage before the accessibility of rings and precious metals. The couple would take an item of cloth or rope and before their families and friends, declare their love and intent by reciting a couple of words and binding themselves with each other symbolically with the cordage. It is from this tradition we still describe 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 tossed into a deep body of water to hold those guarantees for evermore. Today that stone could be maintained as a remembrance of this special day.

Oathing Stone

The Quaich - Originally crafted from timber the double handled Quaich was a Scotsman's canteen, mess kit and drinking cup 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 lovely ceremony shares the blessings of Kith and also Kin to the couple.

The Quaich

Pinning of the Tartan

Pinning of the Tartan - A bride-to-be is formally settled for into the groom's family through this event. Generally the oldest female participant of the groom's family offers a swatch of the family member 's Tartan to the new bride symbolizing she is now interwoven right into all the doings of the clan.

The presentation of the family sword - The martial origins of the Celtic peoples focused on the protection of hearth as well as residence. This ceremony is the recognition of the male members of the bride-to-be's family members that they too currently have a brand-new relationship and a new brother in arms.

Family Arms

At Life's Minutes wedding celebrations we can provide extensive assistance on Celtic/Scottish/Irish events, from building and construction of the ceremony to the final blessing in Gaelic we can assist you create the day of your dreams ...

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