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Celebrations honoring Celtic origins and practices have long been prominent. From the stirring cry of the bag pipe to the dress of formal tartan and kilt, weddings based on elements of Celtic custom can offer long lasting memories. Facets of these wedding celebrations can include part or all the following:

Anam Cara - Literally, the Hearts Partner, this practice is an one-of-a-kind event celebrating the creation of a classic 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 constructed.

Anam Cara

This practice was adapted as Christianity relocated into the Celtic lands as well as continues to be a fantastic way to include family and friends in your ceremony.

Handfasting

Handfasting - An event dating back to classical times, Handfasting is a tradition of marriage prior to the accessibility of rings and rare-earth elements. The couple would take an item of cloth or rope and before their families and friends, declare their love and intention by stating a couple of words as well as binding themselves with each other symbolically with the rope. It is from this practice we still describe marriage as "tying the knot".

Oathing Stone -- Exactly what better location 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 pledges are stated, after that in some customs 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 as well as drinking mug rolled right 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 ceremony, From that point on the Quaich has actually been referred to as the "loving cup". This gorgeous ceremony communicates the blessings of Kith and Kin to the couple.

The Quaich

Pinning of the Tartan

Pinning of the Tartan - A bride-to-be is officially accepted right into the bridegroom's family via this event. Typically the oldest female participant of the groom's family offers a piece of the family member 's Tartan to the new bride indicating she is currently linked into all the doings of the clan.

The presentation of the family sword - The martial origins of the Celtic peoples focused on the defense of fireplace and home. This ceremony is the recognition of the male participants of the bride-to-be's family members that they too currently have a brand-new connection as well as a new sibling in arms.

Family Arms

At Life's Minutes wedding events we can give detailed support on Celtic/Scottish/Irish ceremonies, from building of the ceremony to the last blessing in Gaelic we can assist you produce the day of your dreams ...


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