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Celebrations honoring Celtic origins and also traditions have actually long been popular. From the stirring cry of the bag pipe to the outfit of official tartan and kilt, wedding celebrations based on elements of Celtic tradition can offer long lasting memories. Elements of these weddings could include part or all of the following:

Anam Cara - Literally, the Hearts Partner, this practice is a special ceremony celebrating the development of a timeless love now and forever more. This event of the aspects; to the Celts the four components Earth, Fire, Water and Air were the foundations on which a successful connection were constructed.

Anam Cara

This practice was adapted as Christianity moved into the Celtic lands and also remains to be a wonderful means to include family and friends in your ceremony.


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

Oathing Stone -- Just what better place to place the assurances of a lifetime and eternity than in the heart of a stone? The oathing stone is held by the groom and bride while their vows are stated, then in some practices is thrown into a deep body of water to hold those guarantees for evermore. Today that stone might be maintained as a remembrance of this big day.

Oathing Stone

The Quaich - Initially crafted from timber the twin handled Quaich was a Scotsman's canteen, mess kit and drinking mug rolled into one. King James of Scotland offered his betrothed Anne of Denmark a Quaich as a sign of his love for her during the marriage ceremony, from that point on the Quaich has actually been know as the "loving cup". This gorgeous 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 formally approved into the groom's family with this ceremony. Normally the oldest female member of the bridegroom's family provides a swatch of the family member 's Tartan to the new bride representing she is currently linked into all the doings of the clan.

The presentation of the family sword - The martial origins of the Celtic peoples revolved around the protection of hearth and residence. This ceremony is the recognition of the male participants of the bride's family that they also currently have a new relationship and also a new sibling in arms.

Family Arms

At Life's Minutes wedding celebrations we can offer detailed guidance on Celtic/Scottish/Irish ceremonies, from building of the event to the last true blessing in Gaelic we can help you create the day of your dreams ...

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