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

Anam Cara - Literally, the Hearts other Half, this custom is a one-of-a-kind ceremony commemorating the creation of an ageless love now and forever more. This celebration of the aspects; to the Celts the four aspects Earth, Fire, Water and Air were the structures on which an effective partnership were constructed.

Anam Cara

This tradition was adjusted as Christianity moved into the Celtic lands and continues to be a fantastic way to include loved ones in your ceremony.

Handfasting

Handfasting - A ceremony dating back right to antiquity, Handfasting is a practice of marriage before the availability of rings and rare-earth elements. The couple would take an item of fabric or rope and before their families and friends, declare their love and purpose by stating a couple of words as well as binding themselves with each other symbolically with the cordage. It is from this custom we still describe marriage as "tying the knot".

Oathing Stone -- Exactly what better place to put the assurances of a life time and eternity than in the heart of a stone? The oathing stone is held by the bride and groom while their promises are recited, after that in some practices is tossed 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 - Initially crafted from timber the double handled Quaich was a Scotsman's canteen, mess kit and drinking vessel 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 marriage, from that point on the Quaich has actually been know as the "loving cup". This beautiful event 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 accepted right into the groom's family through this event. Normally the oldest woman member of the bridegroom's family offers a piece of the household 's Tartan to the new bride signifying she is now interwoven right into all the doings of the clan.

The presentation of the family sword - The martial roots of the Celtic peoples focused on the defense of fireplace and residence. This event is the acknowledgement of the male participants of the bride-to-be's household that they also currently have a new partnership as well as a brand-new sibling in arms.

Family Arms

At Life's Minutes weddings we can provide comprehensive assistance on Celtic/Scottish/Irish events, from building and construction of the event to the final true blessing in Gaelic we can assist you create the day of your dreams ...


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