Wedding ceremony rituals: a Quaich ceremony
Fancy a little Celtic twist to your ceremony – you don’t have to be Scottish to enjoy a Quaich ritual!
A Quaich is an ancient two handled, Scottish drinking which derives its name derives from the Scottish Gaelic ‘cuach’ meaning a cup.
There are all types of ‘Quaich’ – mostly have two short, handles, but they might have three or four. They were traditionally made from wood, but could also be made from stone, brass, pewter, horn, or silver.
The Quaich, or ‘Love Cup’ ceremony is used by two families or clans, to celebrate a bond, with each leader sharing the offered drink.
At a wedding, traditionally the ritual involves the couple, each sipping from a Quaich which would usually be filled with scotch whisky (of course) but other drinks such as wine may be used in substitute, or even combined to symbolise the union of two into one.
The Quaich may also be used for the first toast as a couple, at the reception and may be engraved with the names of the couple along with the date of marriage. It could also be passed amongst the guests so they can all share a drink from it.