Scottish – Irish – Celtic

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Celebrations recognizing Celtic roots and practices have long been popular. From the stirring cry of the bag pipe to the gown of official tartan and kilt, weddings based on elements of Celtic custom can supply long-term memories. Elements of these wedding events can consist of part or all the following:

Anam Cara - Actually, the Hearts other Half, this tradition is a one-of-a-kind event commemorating the production of a classic love now and forever more. This celebration of the aspects; to the Celts the four elements Earth, Fire, Water and Air were the structures on which a successful relationship were developed.

Anam Cara

This practice was adjusted as Christianity moved into the Celtic lands as well as remains to be a fantastic way to include loved ones in your event.


Handfasting - An event going back right to antiquity, Handfasting is a tradition of marriage before the accessibility of rings as well as rare-earth elements. The couple would take an item of cloth or rope and before their friends and families, declare their love and purpose by stating a couple of words and also binding themselves together symbolically with the cordage. 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 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 pledges 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 right into one. King James of Scotland offered his betrothed Anne of Denmark a Quaich as a symbol of his love for her during the wedding, from that point on the Quaich has been know as the "loving cup". This attractive ceremony communicates the true blessings of Kith and Kin to the couple.

The Quaich

Pinning of the Tartan

Pinning of the Tartan - A bride is formally settled for right into the groom's family through this ceremony. Usually the oldest female member of the groom's family gives a piece of the household 's Tartan to the bride indicating she is now linked right into all the doings of the clan.

The presentation of the family sword - The martial origins of the Celtic individuals revolved around the protection of fireplace and also residence. This ceremony is the recognition of the male participants of the bride's household that they also currently have a new relationship and a new sibling in arms.

Family Arms

At Life's Minutes weddings we can provide comprehensive support on Celtic/Scottish/Irish events, from building of the ceremony to the final blessing in Gaelic we can help you create the day of your dreams ...

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