Earlier this summer I delivered a simple, small ceremony for an out-of-state couple at a sentimental place in Central Park. I told their story, drew their friends into the ceremony, and provided wedding cake and champagne, among other special touches. But one of my favorite parts was the inclusion of a long-held Scottish ritual at the end of the ceremony, sharing a drink from a Quaich (pronounced “quake”).
One bride, although American, was born in Edinburgh, the stunningly beautiful city in Scotland. The other bride was of Scottish ancestry, as well. As you may know, many traditions include a wine sharing as part of the ceremony. In some cultures other beverages are used, such as the Persian Custom of sharing rose water. The Scots share Scotch, of course, hopefully of the single malt, variety at the end of the ceremony. The goblet holding it is small, silver or pewter, with two handles, often featuring special designs such as a celtic knot. In many family’s the Quaich is an heirloom object shared across generations for many special occasions. I had purchased one such beautiful cup a while ago—just waiting for the “Christening” for the inaugural sip. And, my ladies were excited to partake. The Scotch was the favorite Johnny Walker. Although the ritual took only a moment, we all found it–especially their Scottish officiant– a sweet, meaningful remembrance of the Motherland. What might you like to add to your ceremony, along these lines?