Scottish – Irish – Celtic

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Celebrations honoring Celtic origins and customs have actually long been popular. From the stirring cry of the bag pipe to the dress of official tartan and kilt, weddings based upon elements of Celtic tradition can offer long-term memories. Elements of these wedding celebrations could consist of part or all of the following:

Anam Cara - Actually, the Hearts Partner, this practice is a distinct ceremony celebrating the production of an ageless love forever more. This event of the components; to the Celts the 4 components Earth, Fire, Water and Air were the structures on which an effective connection were developed.

Anam Cara

This practice was adjusted as Christianity moved right into the Celtic lands and continues to be a remarkable means to include friends and family in your ceremony.


Handfasting - An event going back right to classical times, Handfasting is a practice of marriage prior to the availability of rings as well as precious metals. The couple would take an item of cloth or rope and before their families and friends, state 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 describe marriage as "tying the knot".

Oathing Stone -- What better area 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 pledges are recited, after that in some traditions is thrown into a deep body of water to hold those assurances for evermore. Today that stone might be maintained as a remembrance of this wedding.

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 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 actually been referred to as the "loving cup". This beautiful event communicates the true blessings of Kith and also Kin to the couple.

The Quaich

Pinning of the Tartan

Pinning of the Tartan - A bride-to-be is formally settled for right into the groom's family via this ceremony. Normally the oldest woman member of the groom's family offers a piece of the household 's Tartan to the bride-to-be symbolizing she is currently linked into all the doings of the clan.

The presentation of the family sword - The martial origins of the Celtic peoples focused on the protection of hearth and residence. This ceremony is the acknowledgement of the male members of the new bride's family that they also now have a new relationship and a new sibling in arms.

Family Arms

At Life's Minutes wedding celebrations we can provide thorough guidance on Celtic/Scottish/Irish events, from building of the event to the last true blessing in Gaelic we can assist you develop the day of your dreams ...

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