Scottish – Irish – Celtic

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Events honoring Celtic roots as well as traditions have long been popular. From the stirring cry of the bag pipe to the outfit of official tartan and kilt, weddings based upon aspects of Celtic custom can provide enduring memories. Elements of these wedding events can include part or every one of the following:

Anam Cara - Actually, the Hearts other Half, this practice is a distinct event commemorating the creation of a classic love 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 partnership were constructed.

Anam Cara

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


Handfasting - A ceremony going back to classical times, Handfasting is a tradition 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, state their love and intention by reciting a few words as well as binding themselves with each other symbolically with the rope. It is from this tradition we still describe marriage as "tying the knot".

Oathing Stone -- Just what better location to put the guarantees of a life time and also 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 thrown into a deep body of water to hold those assurances for evermore. Today that stone might be kept as a remembrance of this special day.

Oathing Stone

The Quaich - Originally crafted from wood the double handled Quaich was a Scotsman's canteen, mess kit and drinking vessel rolled into one. King James of Scotland provided 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 lovely event conveys the true blessings of Kith and Kin to the couple.

The Quaich

Pinning of the Tartan

Pinning of the Tartan - A new bride is formally settled for into the groom's family with this ceremony. Generally the oldest female participant of the bridegroom's family offers a piece of the family member 's Tartan to the new bride symbolizing she is now interwoven right into all the doings of the clan.

The presentation of the family sword - The martial origins of the Celtic peoples revolved around the protection of fireplace and residence. This event is the recognition of the male members of the bride's household that they too now have a brand-new partnership as well as a new brother in arms.

Family Arms

At Life's Minutes wedding celebrations we can offer extensive guidance on Celtic/Scottish/Irish events, from building of the ceremony to the last true blessing in Gaelic we can assist you create the day of your dreams ...

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