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Celebrations honoring Celtic roots as well as practices have actually long been preferred. From the stirring cry of the bag pipe to the outfit of formal tartan and kilt, weddings based upon elements of Celtic custom can give long lasting memories. Elements of these wedding events could consist of part or every one of the following:

Anam Cara - Literally, the Hearts Partner, this practice is a unique event commemorating the development of a classic love forever more. This celebration of the aspects; to the Celts the 4 elements Earth, Fire, Water and Air were the structures on which a successful relationship were constructed.

Anam Cara

This custom was adapted as Christianity moved into the Celtic lands and also continues to be a terrific way to include loved ones in your ceremony.


Handfasting - A ceremony going back right to antiquity, Handfasting is a custom of marriage prior to the availability of rings and also precious metals. The couple would take an item of cloth or rope and before their friends and families, declare their love and intent by stating a few words and also binding themselves together symbolically with the cordage. It is from this custom we still refer to marriage as "tying the knot".

Oathing Stone -- What better area to place the promises of a lifetime as well as eternity than in the heart of a stone? The oathing stone is held by the couple while their pledges are recited, after that in some traditions is tossed into a deep body of water to hold those assurances for evermore. Today that stone might be kept as a remembrance of this big day.

Oathing Stone

The Quaich - Originally crafted from wood the twin handled Quaich was a Scotsman's canteen, mess kit and also drinking mug rolled right into one. King James of Scotland offered 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 been know as the "loving cup". This lovely event communicates the true blessings of Kith and Kin to the couple.

The Quaich

Pinning of the Tartan

Pinning of the Tartan - A new bride is formally accepted into the bridegroom's family through this event. Normally the oldest woman member of the bridegroom's family offers a swatch of the family member 's Tartan to the bride representing she is now linked right into all the behaviors of the clan.

The presentation of the family sword - The martial origins of the Celtic peoples revolved around the defense of fireplace and also residence. This ceremony is the acknowledgement of the male members of the bride's household that they as well currently have a brand-new relationship as well as a new sibling in arms.

Family Arms

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

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