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Celebrations recognizing Celtic origins and also traditions have long been popular. From the stirring cry of the bag pipe to the dress of formal tartan and kilt, wedding events based upon aspects of Celtic practice can offer lasting memories. Aspects of these wedding celebrations could consist of part or all of the following:

Anam Cara - Actually, the Hearts Partner, this custom is a distinct event celebrating the development of an ageless love forever more. This event of the elements; to the Celts the four aspects Earth, Fire, Water and Air were the structures on which a successful partnership were built.

Anam Cara

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

Handfasting

Handfasting - A ceremony going back right to classical times, Handfasting is a practice of marriage prior to the availability of rings and also precious metals. The couple would take an item of cloth or rope and before their friends and families, declare their love and intent by reciting a few words as well as binding themselves together symbolically with the cordage. It is from this tradition we still describe marriage as "tying the knot".

Oathing Stone -- Exactly what better area to put the guarantees of a lifetime and eternity than in the heart of a stone? The oathing stone is held by the bride and groom while their pledges are recited, after that in some traditions is thrown into a deep body of water to hold those guarantees for evermore. Today that stone could be maintained 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 drinking mug 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 wedding, from that point on the Quaich has been referred to as the "loving cup". This stunning ceremony communicates the blessings of Kith and Kin to the couple.

The Quaich

Pinning of the Tartan

Pinning of the Tartan - A new bride is officially approved into the bridegroom's family through this event. Usually the oldest female member of the groom's family offers a swatch of the household 's Tartan to the bride-to-be symbolizing she is currently linked into all the behaviors of the clan.

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

Family Arms

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


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