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Events honoring Celtic roots and customs have long been prominent. From the stirring cry of the bag pipe to the dress of formal tartan and kilt, weddings based upon elements of Celtic custom can give enduring memories. Facets of these wedding celebrations can consist of part or every one of the following:

Anam Cara - Literally, the Hearts Partner, this practice is a special ceremony celebrating the production of a timeless love now and forever more. This celebration of the aspects; to the Celts the four aspects Earth, Fire, Water and Air were the foundations on which a successful partnership were built.

Anam Cara

This custom was adapted as Christianity moved into the Celtic lands and also continues to be a remarkable means to include loved ones in your event.

Handfasting

Handfasting - An event dating back right to classical times, Handfasting is a practice of marriage prior to the availability of rings and also precious metals. The couple would take a piece of fabric or rope and before their families and friends, state their love and intent by stating a few words and also binding themselves with each other symbolically with the rope. It is from this custom we still describe marriage as "tying the knot".

Oathing Stone -- Just what better place to put the pledges of a life time and also eternity than in the heart of a stone? The oathing stone is held by the bride and groom while their promises are stated, after that in some customs is tossed right into a deep body of water to hold those pledges for evermore. Today that stone could be maintained as a remembrance of this big day.

Oathing Stone

The Quaich - Initially crafted from wood the double handled Quaich was a Scotsman's canteen, mess kit as well as drinking vessel 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 marriage, From that point on the Quaich has been referred to as the "loving cup". This gorgeous event conveys the true blessings of Kith and also Kin to the couple.

The Quaich

Pinning of the Tartan

Pinning of the Tartan - A new bride is officially approved into the groom's family through this event. Usually the oldest woman participant of the groom's family offers a piece of the family member 's Tartan to the bride 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 revolved around the protection of hearth and also home. This ceremony is the acknowledgement of the male participants of the bride's family that they also currently have a brand-new relationship as well as a new brother in arms.

Family Arms

At Life's Minutes wedding events we can offer extensive guidance on Celtic/Scottish/Irish events, from construction of the event to the final true blessing in Gaelic we can assist you develop the day of your dreams ...


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