Scottish – Irish – Celtic

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Celebrations honoring Celtic roots and also practices have long been popular. From the stirring cry of the bag pipe to the gown of official tartan and kilt, weddings based on facets of Celtic custom can provide long-term memories. Aspects of these wedding celebrations can include part or all the following:

Anam Cara - Literally, the Hearts other Half, this tradition is a special ceremony commemorating the production of a timeless love forever more. This celebration of the components; 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 adjusted as Christianity moved into the Celtic lands as well as remains to be a terrific means to include family and friends in your event.


Handfasting - An event dating back right to antiquity, Handfasting is a custom of marriage before the availability of rings and precious metals. The couple would take an item of cloth or rope and before their families and friends, state their love and intention by reciting a few words as well as binding themselves with each other symbolically with the rope. It is from this custom 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 groom and bride while their promises are recited, then in some practices is thrown right into a deep body of water to hold those guarantees for evermore. Today that stone might be kept as a remembrance of this special day.

Oathing Stone

The Quaich - Initially crafted from wood the double handled Quaich was a Scotsman's canteen, mess kit and drinking mug 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 wedding, from that point on the Quaich has been called the "loving cup". This stunning event shares the blessings of Kith and also Kin to the couple.

The Quaich

Pinning of the Tartan

Pinning of the Tartan - A new bride is formally approved into the bridegroom's family via this ceremony. Generally the oldest female member of the groom's family provides a swatch of the family member 's Tartan to the bride indicating she is now linked into all the behaviors of the clan.

The presentation of the family sword - The martial origins of the Celtic peoples focused on the defense of fireplace as well as residence. This event is the acknowledgement of the male participants of the bride-to-be's family that they too now have a new relationship and also a brand-new sibling in arms.

Family Arms

At Life's Minutes weddings we can offer detailed assistance on Celtic/Scottish/Irish events, from building of the ceremony to the final true blessing in Gaelic we can help you develop the day of your dreams ...

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