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Celebrations recognizing Celtic origins and customs have long been prominent. From the stirring cry of the bag pipe to the outfit of formal tartan and kilt, wedding events based on elements of Celtic tradition can provide enduring memories. Facets of these wedding events can consist of part or all of the following:

Anam Cara - Literally, the Hearts Partner, this tradition is a distinct event celebrating the creation of a classic love forever more. This event of the components; to the Celts the four elements Earth, Fire, Water and Air were the structures on which a successful relationship were developed.

Anam Cara

This tradition was adapted as Christianity moved into the Celtic lands and continues to be a remarkable way to include loved ones in your event.


Handfasting - A ceremony going back right to classical times, Handfasting is a practice of marriage prior to the availability of rings as well as rare-earth elements. The couple would take an item of fabric or rope and before their friends and families, proclaim their love and intention by stating a few words and also binding themselves together symbolically with the rope. It is from this custom we still describe marriage as "tying the knot".

Oathing Stone -- Just what better place to place the pledges of a life time and eternity than in the heart of a stone? The oathing stone is held by the groom and bride while their pledges are recited, after that in some traditions 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 wedding.

Oathing Stone

The Quaich - Initially crafted from wood the twin handled Quaich was a Scotsman's canteen, mess kit and also drinking vessel rolled into one. King James of Scotland offered 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 called the "loving cup". This gorgeous ceremony shares the blessings of Kith and Kin to the couple.

The Quaich

Pinning of the Tartan

Pinning of the Tartan - A new bride is officially accepted into the groom's family via this event. Typically the oldest woman member of the groom's family gives a piece of the household 's Tartan to the bride-to-be indicating she is currently interwoven right into all the doings of the clan.

The presentation of the family sword - The martial origins of the Celtic peoples revolved around the defense of hearth as well as house. This event is the acknowledgement of the male members of the bride-to-be's family members that they also now have a new connection and a new sibling in arms.

Family Arms

At Life's Minutes wedding events we can provide thorough assistance on Celtic/Scottish/Irish events, from construction of the ceremony to the last blessing in Gaelic we can help you develop the day of your desires ...

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