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Events honoring Celtic origins and traditions have actually long been preferred. From the stirring cry of the bag pipe to the outfit of official tartan and kilt, weddings based upon elements of Celtic tradition can provide enduring memories. Elements of these wedding events could include part or every one of the following:

Anam Cara - Essentially, the Hearts Partner, this tradition is a unique ceremony celebrating the development of a timeless love forever more. This celebration of the components; to the Celts the 4 aspects Earth, Fire, Water and Air were the structures on which a successful connection were built.

Anam Cara

This practice was adapted as Christianity relocated right into the Celtic lands and also continues to be a wonderful means to include loved ones in your ceremony.


Handfasting - An event dating back to antiquity, Handfasting is a practice of marriage before the availability of rings and precious metals. The couple would take an item of fabric or rope and before their friends and families, proclaim their love and intention by reciting a couple of 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 -- Exactly what better location to place the assurances of a life time and eternity than in the heart of a stone? The oathing stone is held by the bride and groom while their vows are stated, then in some practices is thrown into a deep body of water to hold those promises for evermore. Today that stone could be maintained as a remembrance of this special day.

Oathing Stone

The Quaich - Initially crafted from wood the twin handled Quaich was a Scotsman's canteen, mess kit and drinking cup 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 wedding, from that point on the Quaich has actually been called the "loving cup". This stunning ceremony conveys the blessings of Kith as well as Kin to the couple.

The Quaich

Pinning of the Tartan

Pinning of the Tartan - A bride-to-be is officially accepted into the groom's family through this event. Typically the oldest female participant of the groom's family offers a piece of the household 's Tartan to the bride indicating she is now linked 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 fireplace and also residence. This ceremony is the acknowledgement of the male participants of the bride-to-be's family members that they also currently have a brand-new connection and a new brother in arms.

Family Arms

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

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