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Celebrations recognizing Celtic origins and also customs have long been prominent. From the stirring cry of the bag pipe to the gown of formal tartan and kilt, wedding celebrations based upon aspects of Celtic custom can offer enduring memories. Facets of these wedding events could consist of part or every one of the following:

Anam Cara - Literally, the Hearts other Half, this tradition is a distinct ceremony celebrating the creation of an ageless love forever more. This event of the elements; to the Celts the 4 aspects Earth, Fire, Water and Air were the structures on which an effective partnership were developed.

Anam Cara

This tradition was adjusted as Christianity moved right into the Celtic lands and continues to be a fantastic way to include family and friends in your event.


Handfasting - An event dating back to classical times, Handfasting is a tradition of marriage prior to the availability of rings and rare-earth elements. The couple would take a piece of cloth or rope and before their families and friends, state their love and intention by stating a few words and also 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 -- Just what better location to place the assurances of a lifetime and eternity than in the heart of a stone? The oathing stone is held by the couple while their promises are stated, then in some traditions is tossed right into a deep body of water to hold those promises for evermore. Today that stone may be kept as a remembrance of this wedding.

Oathing Stone

The Quaich - Initially crafted from timber the double handled Quaich was a Scotsman's canteen, mess kit and also drinking vessel 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, from that point on the Quaich has been referred to as the "loving cup". This gorgeous ceremony shares 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 officially accepted into the bridegroom's family through this event. Generally the oldest female member of the groom's family offers a piece of the household 's Tartan to the bride signifying she is currently interwoven right into all the doings of the clan.

The presentation of the family sword - The martial origins of the Celtic peoples focused on the protection of fireplace as well as house. This ceremony is the acknowledgement of the male participants of the new bride's household that they too currently have a new connection as well as a new sibling in arms.

Family Arms

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

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