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Events recognizing Celtic origins as well as customs have long been popular. From the stirring cry of the bag pipe to the gown of official tartan and kilt, wedding events based on facets of Celtic practice can offer lasting memories. Aspects of these weddings could include part or all of the following:

Anam Cara - Essentially, the Hearts Partner, this tradition is a unique event celebrating the development of a classic love forever more. This event of the aspects; to the Celts the four aspects Earth, Fire, Water and Air were the structures on which a successful partnership were developed.

Anam Cara

This tradition was adapted as Christianity moved into the Celtic lands and also continues to be a terrific way to include loved ones in your ceremony.

Handfasting

Handfasting - A ceremony dating back right 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 families and friends, proclaim their love and purpose by reciting a couple of words as well as binding themselves together symbolically with the rope. It is from this practice we still describe marriage as "tying the knot".

Oathing Stone -- What better place to place the pledges of a life time and also eternity than in the heart of a stone? The oathing stone is held by the groom and bride while their vows are stated, after that in some practices is tossed into a deep body of water to hold those assurances for evermore. Today that stone might be maintained as a remembrance of this special day.

Oathing Stone

The Quaich - Initially crafted from timber the double handled Quaich was a Scotsman's canteen, mess kit and also drinking cup rolled right 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 been called the "loving cup". This attractive event conveys the true blessings of Kith as well as Kin to the couple.

The Quaich

Pinning of the Tartan

Pinning of the Tartan - A new bride is formally accepted into the bridegroom's family through this event. Generally the oldest female participant of the bridegroom's family provides a swatch of the family member 's Tartan to the bride-to-be indicating she is now interwoven into all the doings of the clan.

The presentation of the family sword - The martial roots of the Celtic peoples revolved around the protection of hearth and also home. This ceremony is the acknowledgement of the male participants of the new bride's family members that they as well now have a brand-new connection and also a new brother in arms.

Family Arms

At Life's Minutes wedding events we can provide extensive guidance on Celtic/Scottish/Irish ceremonies, from construction of the ceremony to the last blessing in Gaelic we can help you create the day of your desires ...


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