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Events honoring Celtic origins as well as customs have long been preferred. From the stirring cry of the bag pipe to the outfit of formal tartan and kilt, wedding events based upon elements of Celtic practice can offer long-term memories. Elements of these weddings can consist of part or all of the following:

Anam Cara - Actually, the Hearts Partner, this custom is a distinct ceremony commemorating the production of a classic love now and forever more. This celebration of the components; to the Celts the 4 aspects Earth, Fire, Water and Air were the foundations on which a successful partnership were built.

Anam Cara

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


Handfasting - An event going back to classical times, Handfasting is a tradition of marriage before the availability of rings and also rare-earth elements. The couple would take an item of fabric or rope and before their friends and families, proclaim their love and intent by reciting a couple of words and also binding themselves with each other symbolically with the cordage. It is from this practice we still refer to marriage as "tying the knot".

Oathing Stone -- Just what better area to put the guarantees of a lifetime and also eternity than in the heart of a stone? The oathing stone is held by the groom and bride while their pledges are recited, after that in some practices is thrown into a deep body of water to hold those pledges for evermore. Today that stone could be maintained as a remembrance of this special day.

Oathing Stone

The Quaich - Originally crafted from wood the twin handled Quaich was a Scotsman's canteen, mess kit and also drinking vessel rolled into one. King James of Scotland offered his betrothed Anne of Denmark a Quaich as a sign of his love for her during the marriage, from that point on the Quaich has been know as the "loving cup". This attractive event shares the blessings of Kith and also Kin to the couple.

The Quaich

Pinning of the Tartan

Pinning of the Tartan - A bride is officially accepted into the groom's family through this event. Usually the oldest woman participant of the bridegroom's family provides a piece of the household 's Tartan to the bride-to-be indicating she is currently interwoven into all the doings of the clan.

The presentation of the family sword - The martial origins of the Celtic individuals revolved around the protection of hearth and house. This event is the acknowledgement of the male members of the bride-to-be's household that they too currently have a new partnership as well as a brand-new sibling in arms.

Family Arms

At Life's Minutes wedding events we can give comprehensive support on Celtic/Scottish/Irish events, from building of the ceremony to the last blessing in Gaelic we can help you produce the day of your desires ...

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