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Events recognizing Celtic origins and also practices have actually long been popular. From the stirring cry of the bag pipe to the dress of formal tartan and kilt, wedding events based upon elements of Celtic practice can provide long lasting memories. Elements of these wedding events can consist of part or every one of the following:

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

Anam Cara

This custom was adjusted as Christianity moved right into the Celtic lands as well as continues to be a remarkable means to include friends and family in your ceremony.

Handfasting

Handfasting - A ceremony going back to antiquity, Handfasting is a practice of marriage before the availability of rings and precious metals. The couple would take a piece of cloth or rope and before their friends and families, proclaim their love and purpose by stating a few words as well as binding themselves with each other symbolically with the cordage. It is from this tradition we still refer to marriage as "tying the knot".

Oathing Stone -- What better place to put the promises of a lifetime and eternity than in the heart of a stone? The oathing stone is held by the couple while their promises are recited, then in some customs is tossed into a deep body of water to hold those assurances for evermore. Today that stone could 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 cup rolled into one. King James of Scotland provided his betrothed Anne of Denmark a Quaich as a symbol of his love for her during the marriage ceremony, from that point on the Quaich has been know as the "loving cup". This stunning ceremony communicates the blessings of Kith and also Kin to the couple.

The Quaich

Pinning of the Tartan

Pinning of the Tartan - A bride-to-be is formally approved into the groom's family via this ceremony. Usually the oldest female member of the groom's family provides a piece of the family member 's Tartan to the bride signifying she is currently linked into all the doings of the clan.

The presentation of the family sword - The martial roots of the Celtic peoples focused on the defense of hearth and house. This ceremony is the acknowledgement of the male participants of the bride's family that they too now have a brand-new relationship as well as a brand-new brother in arms.

Family Arms

At Life's Minutes wedding events we can give extensive assistance 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 dreams ...


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