Scottish – Irish – Celtic

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Celebrations recognizing Celtic roots as well as traditions have long been popular. From the stirring cry of the bag pipe to the gown of official tartan and kilt, weddings based upon aspects of Celtic tradition can offer lasting memories. Elements of these weddings could consist of part or every one of the following:

Anam Cara - Literally, the Hearts Partner, this custom is a special event commemorating the creation of an ageless love forever more. This celebration of the aspects; to the Celts the 4 aspects Earth, Fire, Water and Air were the structures on which a successful relationship were constructed.

Anam Cara

This practice was adjusted as Christianity moved into the Celtic lands and also remains to be a wonderful way to include loved ones 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 a piece of cloth or rope and before their friends and families, proclaim their love and intent by stating a few words and binding themselves together symbolically with the cordage. It is from this practice we still refer to marriage as "tying the knot".

Oathing Stone -- What better area to place the guarantees of a lifetime and also eternity than in the heart of a stone? The oathing stone is held by the bride and groom while their pledges are stated, then in some practices is thrown right into a deep body of water to hold those promises for evermore. Today that stone may be maintained as a remembrance of this special 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 into one. King James of Scotland provided 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 true blessings of Kith as well as Kin to the couple.

The Quaich

Pinning of the Tartan

Pinning of the Tartan - A bride is officially accepted right into the bridegroom's family through this ceremony. Normally the oldest woman participant of the groom's family gives a swatch of the family member 's Tartan to the bride signifying she is now 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 as well as house. This ceremony is the acknowledgement of the male members of the bride-to-be's family members that they too currently have a new partnership and a brand-new sibling in arms.

Family Arms

At Life's Minutes weddings we can provide detailed assistance on Celtic/Scottish/Irish ceremonies, from construction of the event to the last true blessing in Gaelic we can assist you produce the day of your dreams ...

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