Scottish – Irish – Celtic

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Celebrations recognizing Celtic origins and customs have long been popular. From the stirring cry of the bag pipe to the gown of formal tartan and kilt, wedding events based on facets of Celtic practice can offer enduring memories. Elements of these wedding events can include part or all the following:

Anam Cara - Literally, the Hearts other Half, this custom is a one-of-a-kind event commemorating the production of a classic love forever more. This celebration of the components; to the Celts the four elements Earth, Fire, Water and Air were the foundations on which a successful partnership were built.

Anam Cara

This custom was adjusted as Christianity relocated into the Celtic lands as well as remains to be a remarkable way to include friends and family in your ceremony.


Handfasting - An event going back right to classical times, Handfasting is a custom of marriage before the accessibility of rings as well as rare-earth elements. The couple would take a piece of cloth or rope and before their families and friends, declare their love and intent by stating a couple of words and also 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 location to put the guarantees 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 vows are recited, after that in some customs 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 - Originally crafted from wood 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 symbol of his love for her during the marriage, from that point on the Quaich has been called the "loving cup". This lovely ceremony communicates the true blessings of Kith and Kin to the couple.

The Quaich

Pinning of the Tartan

Pinning of the Tartan - A bride-to-be is formally accepted right into the bridegroom's family with this ceremony. Typically the oldest woman participant of the bridegroom's family offers a piece of the family member 's Tartan to the new bride indicating she is currently interwoven into all the doings of the clan.

The presentation of the family sword - The martial roots of the Celtic peoples revolved around the protection of fireplace and also house. This ceremony is the recognition of the male participants of the new bride's family that they too currently have a new connection and a brand-new sibling in arms.

Family Arms

At Life's Minutes weddings we can supply comprehensive assistance on Celtic/Scottish/Irish ceremonies, from building of the event to the last true blessing in Gaelic we can assist you produce the day of your dreams ...

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