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Celebrations honoring Celtic roots as well as customs have actually long been popular. From the stirring cry of the bag pipe to the dress of formal tartan and kilt, weddings based upon facets of Celtic custom can give long lasting memories. Facets of these weddings can include part or all of the following:

Anam Cara - Literally, the Hearts other Half, this custom is a distinct event celebrating the production of an ageless love now and forever more. This event of the elements; to the Celts the 4 elements Earth, Fire, Water and Air were the structures on which an effective partnership were constructed.

Anam Cara

This practice was adjusted as Christianity relocated right into the Celtic lands as well as continues to be a wonderful means to include loved ones in your ceremony.


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

Oathing Stone -- Just what better place to place the promises of a lifetime as well as eternity than in the heart of a stone? The oathing stone is held by the bride and groom while their vows are recited, then in some practices is tossed right into a deep body of water to hold those promises for evermore. Today that stone may be maintained as a remembrance of this wedding.

Oathing Stone

The Quaich - Originally crafted from timber the double handled Quaich was a Scotsman's canteen, mess kit and drinking cup rolled into one. King James of Scotland gave his betrothed Anne of Denmark a Quaich as a sign of his love for her during the wedding, from that point on the Quaich has been called the "loving cup". This gorgeous event conveys the blessings of Kith as well as Kin to the couple.

The Quaich

Pinning of the Tartan

Pinning of the Tartan - A new bride is officially settled for into the bridegroom's family through this event. Generally the oldest woman member of the groom's family provides a piece of the family member 's Tartan to the bride representing she is now linked into all the behaviors of the clan.

The presentation of the family sword - The martial roots of the Celtic individuals focused on the protection of hearth as well as home. This event is the acknowledgement of the male members of the bride-to-be's family members that they too now have a brand-new partnership and also a brand-new brother in arms.

Family Arms

At Life's Minutes wedding celebrations we can give extensive guidance on Celtic/Scottish/Irish events, from building and construction of the event to the last true blessing in Gaelic we can help you create the day of your desires ...

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