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Events honoring Celtic roots as well as customs have long been prominent. From the stirring cry of the bag pipe to the dress of official tartan and kilt, weddings based upon elements of Celtic practice can give lasting memories. Facets of these wedding events could include part or every one of the following:

Anam Cara - Essentially, the Hearts other Half, this practice is a unique ceremony celebrating the creation of a timeless love now and forever more. This celebration of the components; to the Celts the four elements Earth, Fire, Water and Air were the foundations on which a successful connection were developed.

Anam Cara

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

Handfasting

Handfasting - An event going back right to antiquity, Handfasting is a tradition 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, proclaim their love and purpose by stating a couple of words and also binding themselves together symbolically with the cordage. It is from this tradition we still refer to marriage as "tying the knot".

Oathing Stone -- Just what better location to place the assurances 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 promises are recited, then in some traditions is thrown right into a deep body of water to hold those guarantees for evermore. Today that stone might be maintained as a remembrance of this special day.

Oathing Stone

The Quaich - Originally crafted from timber the twin handled Quaich was a Scotsman's canteen, mess kit and drinking mug rolled into one. King James of Scotland provided 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 stunning ceremony communicates the blessings of Kith and Kin to the couple.

The Quaich

Pinning of the Tartan

Pinning of the Tartan - A bride-to-be is officially settled for into the bridegroom's family through this event. Typically the oldest female member of the groom's family gives a piece of the household 's Tartan to the bride signifying she is now interwoven right into all the behaviors of the clan.

The presentation of the family sword - The martial origins of the Celtic peoples focused on the protection of hearth and home. This event is the recognition of the male members of the bride's household that they too now have a brand-new connection and a new brother in arms.

Family Arms

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


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