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Events recognizing Celtic origins and also customs have long been prominent. From the stirring cry of the bag pipe to the dress of official tartan and kilt, weddings based on elements of Celtic practice can provide lasting memories. Elements of these weddings can consist of part or all of the following:

Anam Cara - Literally, the Hearts Partner, this practice is a unique ceremony commemorating the creation of an ageless love forever more. This event of the elements; to the Celts the four components Earth, Fire, Water and Air were the foundations on which an effective partnership were constructed.

Anam Cara

This practice was adapted as Christianity relocated into the Celtic lands and also remains to be a terrific means to include family and friends in your event.

Handfasting

Handfasting - A ceremony dating back to antiquity, Handfasting is a practice of marriage before the availability of rings as well as precious metals. The couple would take an item of fabric or rope and before their friends and families, state their love and purpose by stating a few words as well as 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 -- What better location to put the promises of a life time and eternity than in the heart of a stone? The oathing stone is held by the groom and bride while their promises are stated, after that in some practices is thrown right into a deep body of water to hold those guarantees for evermore. Today that stone might be kept 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 drinking mug 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 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 bride is formally accepted right into the bridegroom's family through this event. Generally the oldest female member of the groom's family offers a swatch of the household 's Tartan to the bride signifying she is now linked into all the doings of the clan.

The presentation of the family sword - The martial roots of the Celtic peoples revolved around the protection of fireplace and house. This ceremony is the acknowledgement of the male participants of the bride's family members that they too now have a new relationship and a new brother in arms.

Family Arms

At Life's Minutes weddings we can supply comprehensive assistance on Celtic/Scottish/Irish events, from building and construction of the ceremony to the final true blessing in Gaelic we can help you produce the day of your dreams ...


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