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Events recognizing Celtic origins and also customs have long been preferred. From the stirring cry of the bag pipe to the gown of official tartan and kilt, wedding celebrations based on aspects of Celtic custom can offer enduring memories. Elements of these wedding events could consist of part or all of the following:

Anam Cara - Essentially, the Hearts other Half, this practice is a unique event celebrating the creation of a timeless 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 a successful connection were built.

Anam Cara

This tradition was adapted as Christianity moved into the Celtic lands as well as remains to be a fantastic way to include friends and family in your ceremony.


Handfasting - A ceremony going back to classical times, Handfasting is a tradition of marriage before the accessibility of rings and also rare-earth elements. The couple would take an item of fabric or rope and before their families and friends, state their love and intention by reciting a few words and binding themselves together symbolically with the rope. It is from this tradition we still refer to marriage as "tying the knot".

Oathing Stone -- Just what better location to put the guarantees 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 traditions is tossed 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 also 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 ceremony, from that point on the Quaich has actually been called the "loving cup". This beautiful event conveys the true blessings of Kith as well as 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. Usually the oldest woman participant of the bridegroom's family offers a swatch of the family member 's Tartan to the new bride indicating she is currently interwoven right into all the behaviors of the clan.

The presentation of the family sword - The martial roots of the Celtic peoples revolved around the protection of hearth and residence. This event is the recognition of the male members of the bride-to-be's household that they as well currently have a brand-new partnership as well as a brand-new sibling in arms.

Family Arms

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

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