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Celebrations recognizing Celtic roots and practices have long been prominent. From the stirring cry of the bag pipe to the gown of formal tartan and kilt, weddings based on elements of Celtic practice can give long lasting memories. Facets of these wedding celebrations could consist of part or all of the following:

Anam Cara - Literally, the Hearts other Half, this tradition is a distinct ceremony celebrating the production of an ageless love forever more. This celebration of the components; to the Celts the 4 aspects Earth, Fire, Water and Air were the foundations on which an effective partnership were built.

Anam Cara

This practice was adjusted as Christianity moved into the Celtic lands as well as continues to be a terrific way to include friends and family in your ceremony.

Handfasting

Handfasting - A ceremony going back right to antiquity, Handfasting is a tradition of marriage prior to the availability of rings as well as rare-earth elements. The couple would take an item of fabric or rope and before their families and friends, declare their love and intent by reciting a couple of words and binding themselves with each other symbolically with the cordage. It is from this custom we still describe marriage as "tying the knot".

Oathing Stone -- Just what better area to place the pledges of a life time as well as eternity than in the heart of a stone? The oathing stone is held by the couple while their vows are recited, after that in some practices is thrown right into a deep body of water to hold those guarantees for evermore. Today that stone might be maintained as a remembrance of this big day.

Oathing Stone

The Quaich - Initially crafted from timber the double handled Quaich was a Scotsman's canteen, mess kit and drinking mug rolled into one. King James of Scotland gave his betrothed Anne of Denmark a Quaich as a symbol of his love for her throughout the marriage ceremony, From that point on the Quaich has actually been referred to as the "loving cup". This attractive ceremony communicates the blessings of Kith and Kin to the couple.

The Quaich

Pinning of the Tartan

Pinning of the Tartan - A bride is formally accepted into the bridegroom's family via this ceremony. Generally the oldest female member of the groom's family gives a swatch of the household 's Tartan to the bride-to-be symbolizing she is now interwoven into all the doings of the clan.

The presentation of the family sword - The martial origins of the Celtic individuals focused on the protection of hearth and house. This event is the acknowledgement of the male participants of the bride's family members that they as well now have a brand-new partnership and a brand-new brother in arms.

Family Arms

At Life's Minutes wedding celebrations we can offer extensive guidance on Celtic/Scottish/Irish events, from construction of the event to the final blessing in Gaelic we can help you develop the day of your dreams ...


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