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Celebrations recognizing Celtic roots and practices have long been preferred. From the stirring cry of the bag pipe to the gown of official tartan and kilt, weddings based on aspects of Celtic custom can offer enduring memories. Facets of these wedding celebrations could consist of part or all of the following:

Anam Cara - Literally, the Hearts other Half, this practice is a distinct ceremony celebrating the production of an ageless love now and forever more. This event of the elements; to the Celts the four elements Earth, Fire, Water and Air were the foundations on which a successful partnership were developed.

Anam Cara

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


Handfasting - A ceremony going back to antiquity, Handfasting is a practice of marriage prior to the availability of rings and rare-earth elements. The couple would take a piece of fabric or rope and before their friends and families, proclaim their love and intent by stating a few words as well as binding themselves together symbolically with the rope. It is from this tradition we still refer to marriage as "tying the knot".

Oathing Stone -- Exactly what better location 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 bride and groom while their promises are recited, then in some traditions is thrown into a deep body of water to hold those guarantees for evermore. Today that stone might be kept as a remembrance of this special day.

Oathing Stone

The Quaich - Initially crafted from timber the twin handled Quaich was a Scotsman's canteen, mess kit as well as drinking cup 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 ceremony, from that point on the Quaich has been know as the "loving cup". This stunning ceremony shares the blessings of Kith and also Kin to the couple.

The Quaich

Pinning of the Tartan

Pinning of the Tartan - A bride is officially approved right into the groom's family via this event. Generally the oldest female member of the bridegroom's family offers a swatch of the family member 's Tartan to the new bride indicating she is now linked into all the behaviors of the clan.

The presentation of the family sword - The martial origins of the Celtic peoples revolved around the protection of fireplace as well as home. This ceremony is the acknowledgement of the male members of the bride-to-be's family that they as well now have a new relationship and also a new sibling in arms.

Family Arms

At Life's Minutes weddings we can offer detailed support on Celtic/Scottish/Irish ceremonies, from construction of the event to the last true blessing in Gaelic we can help you produce the day of your desires ...

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