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Events recognizing Celtic origins as well as practices have long been prominent. From the stirring cry of the bag pipe to the dress of formal tartan and kilt, wedding celebrations based on facets of Celtic tradition can give long-term memories. Elements of these wedding events can consist of part or all of the following:

Anam Cara - Actually, the Hearts other Half, this practice is a unique ceremony commemorating the development of a classic love forever more. This event of the elements; to the Celts the 4 elements Earth, Fire, Water and Air were the foundations on which a successful relationship were developed.

Anam Cara

This custom was adapted as Christianity moved right into the Celtic lands and continues to be a fantastic way to include friends and family in your ceremony.

Handfasting

Handfasting - An event going back to antiquity, Handfasting is a practice of marriage prior to the accessibility of rings as well as rare-earth elements. The couple would take an item of cloth or rope and before their friends and families, proclaim their love and purpose by reciting a couple of 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 -- What better place to put the promises of a lifetime as well as eternity than in the heart of a stone? The oathing stone is held by the couple while their vows are stated, then in some practices is tossed right into a deep body of water to hold those pledges for evermore. Today that stone may be kept as a remembrance of this big day.

Oathing Stone

The Quaich - Initially crafted from wood the twin handled Quaich was a Scotsman's canteen, mess kit as well as drinking vessel rolled right into one. King James of Scotland provided his betrothed Anne of Denmark a Quaich as a sign of his love for her during the marriage, From that point on the Quaich has been know as the "loving cup". This stunning event conveys the blessings of Kith and also Kin to the couple.

The Quaich

Pinning of the Tartan

Pinning of the Tartan - A bride is officially approved into the bridegroom's family through this event. Normally the oldest female participant of the groom's family provides a piece of the family member 's Tartan to the bride signifying she is now linked into all the behaviors of the clan.

The presentation of the family sword - The martial origins of the Celtic peoples revolved around the defense of hearth and also house. This ceremony is the acknowledgement of the male participants of the new bride's family members that they also currently have a new relationship and a new brother in arms.

Family Arms

At Life's Minutes weddings we can give thorough support on Celtic/Scottish/Irish events, from building and construction of the event to the final blessing in Gaelic we can help you develop the day of your desires ...


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