Scottish – Irish – Celtic

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Celebrations honoring Celtic roots and traditions have actually long been preferred. From the stirring cry of the bag pipe to the dress of formal tartan and kilt, wedding events based on facets of Celtic custom can give lasting memories. Facets of these wedding events can consist of part or all of the following:

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

Anam Cara

This practice was adapted as Christianity relocated into the Celtic lands as well as remains to be a fantastic means to include loved ones in your ceremony.


Handfasting - An event dating back to antiquity, Handfasting is a custom of marriage prior to the accessibility of rings and rare-earth elements. The couple would take a piece of cloth or rope and before their families and friends, state their love and purpose by stating a few words and also binding themselves with each other symbolically with the rope. It is from this practice we still refer to marriage as "tying the knot".

Oathing Stone -- Exactly what better location to place the promises of a life time and eternity than in the heart of a stone? The oathing stone is held by the couple while their pledges are recited, then in some traditions is thrown right into a deep body of water to hold those promises for evermore. Today that stone could be kept as a remembrance of this big day.

Oathing Stone

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

The Quaich

Pinning of the Tartan

Pinning of the Tartan - A bride is formally settled for into the bridegroom's family with this ceremony. Typically the oldest female participant of the bridegroom's family gives a swatch of the household 's Tartan to the new bride signifying she is currently linked 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 house. This event is the recognition of the male members of the bride-to-be's household that they as well currently have a new partnership as well as a new sibling in arms.

Family Arms

At Life's Minutes wedding events we can give comprehensive guidance on Celtic/Scottish/Irish ceremonies, from building and construction of the event to the last blessing in Gaelic we can assist you create the day of your desires ...

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