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Events honoring Celtic roots and practices have long been preferred. From the stirring cry of the bag pipe to the dress of official tartan and kilt, wedding celebrations based on aspects of Celtic custom can offer long lasting memories. Facets of these weddings could include part or all of the following:

Anam Cara - Literally, the Hearts other Half, this tradition is a one-of-a-kind event celebrating the creation of a timeless love forever more. This event of the elements; to the Celts the 4 aspects Earth, Fire, Water and Air were the foundations on which a successful connection were built.

Anam Cara

This tradition was adapted as Christianity relocated into the Celtic lands and remains to be a fantastic means to include friends and family in your ceremony.


Handfasting - A ceremony dating back right to classical times, Handfasting is a custom of marriage before the accessibility of rings and rare-earth elements. 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 as well as binding themselves with each other symbolically with the cordage. It is from this custom we still refer to marriage as "tying the knot".

Oathing Stone -- Exactly what better place to place the guarantees of a life time as well as eternity than in the heart of a stone? The oathing stone is held by the couple while their vows are stated, after that in some customs is tossed right into a deep body of water to hold those guarantees for evermore. Today that stone may be kept as a remembrance of this special day.

Oathing Stone

The Quaich - Originally crafted from wood the double handled Quaich was a Scotsman's canteen, mess kit and drinking vessel rolled right into one. King James of Scotland gave his betrothed Anne of Denmark a Quaich as a symbol of his love for her throughout the wedding, from that point on the Quaich has been know as the "loving cup". This attractive event communicates the true blessings of Kith and also Kin to the couple.

The Quaich

Pinning of the Tartan

Pinning of the Tartan - A bride-to-be is officially settled for into the groom's family with this event. Normally the oldest woman participant of the bridegroom's family offers a piece of the household 's Tartan to the bride symbolizing she is now linked into all the doings of the clan.

The presentation of the family sword - The martial origins of the Celtic peoples focused on the defense of fireplace and residence. This event is the recognition of the male participants of the bride-to-be's household that they also now have a new connection and a new sibling in arms.

Family Arms

At Life's Minutes weddings we can offer extensive support on Celtic/Scottish/Irish ceremonies, from construction of the event to the last blessing in Gaelic we can assist you develop the day of your dreams ...

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