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Celebrations recognizing Celtic origins and practices 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 give long lasting memories. Elements of these wedding celebrations could include part or every one of the following:

Anam Cara - Literally, the Hearts Partner, this tradition is a one-of-a-kind event commemorating the creation of a timeless love now and forever more. This celebration of the aspects; to the Celts the four elements Earth, Fire, Water and Air were the structures on which a successful partnership were constructed.

Anam Cara

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


Handfasting - An event dating back right to antiquity, Handfasting is a practice of marriage prior to the accessibility of rings and also precious metals. The couple would take a piece of cloth or rope and before their families and friends, proclaim their love and purpose by reciting a couple of words and also binding themselves together symbolically with the cordage. It is from this custom we still describe marriage as "tying the knot".

Oathing Stone -- Just what better location to put the guarantees of a life time and also eternity than in the heart of a stone? The oathing stone is held by the couple while their vows are stated, after that in some traditions is tossed into a deep body of water to hold those promises for evermore. Today that stone could be maintained as a remembrance of this big day.

Oathing Stone

The Quaich - Initially crafted from wood the double handled Quaich was a Scotsman's canteen, mess kit as well as drinking vessel rolled right into one. King James of Scotland provided his betrothed Anne of Denmark a Quaich as a sign of his love for her throughout the marriage ceremony, from that point on the Quaich has been referred to as the "loving cup". This lovely event conveys the true 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 bridegroom's family with this ceremony. Normally the oldest female participant of the bridegroom's family offers a swatch of the family member 's Tartan to the bride signifying she is now linked right into all the behaviors of the clan.

The presentation of the family sword - The martial origins of the Celtic peoples revolved around the defense of hearth and also home. This event is the acknowledgement of the male members of the bride-to-be's family that they as well now have a brand-new relationship as well as a new sibling in arms.

Family Arms

At Life's Minutes wedding celebrations we can provide thorough guidance on Celtic/Scottish/Irish events, from building and construction of the event to the last blessing in Gaelic we can assist you develop the day of your dreams ...

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