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Celebrations recognizing Celtic roots and practices have long been prominent. From the stirring cry of the bag pipe to the dress of official tartan and kilt, wedding events based on elements of Celtic practice can give long-term memories. Elements of these weddings can include part or all the following:

Anam Cara - Literally, the Hearts other Half, this custom is a unique ceremony commemorating the creation of an ageless love forever more. This event of the aspects; to the Celts the 4 components Earth, Fire, Water and Air were the structures on which an effective connection were developed.

Anam Cara

This tradition was adjusted as Christianity moved into the Celtic lands as well as remains to be a wonderful means to include family and friends in your event.

Handfasting

Handfasting - An event dating back right to classical times, Handfasting is a custom of marriage prior to the availability of rings as well as 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 few words and binding themselves with each other symbolically with the cordage. It is from this practice we still describe marriage as "tying the knot".

Oathing Stone -- 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 groom and bride while their vows are stated, after that in some customs is thrown into a deep body of water to hold those guarantees for evermore. Today that stone may be maintained as a remembrance of this wedding.

Oathing Stone

The Quaich - Originally crafted from wood the double handled Quaich was a Scotsman's canteen, mess kit and also drinking cup rolled into one. King James of Scotland gave his betrothed Anne of Denmark a Quaich as a sign of his love for her throughout the wedding. From that point on the Quaich has been called the "loving cup". This beautiful ceremony conveys the true blessings of Kith and Kin to the couple.

The Quaich

Pinning of the Tartan

Pinning of the Tartan - A bride-to-be is formally approved into the groom's family through this event. Normally the oldest female participant of the groom's family offers a swatch of the household 's Tartan to the new bride indicating she is now interwoven right into all the doings of the clan.

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

Family Arms

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


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