Your guide to civil ceremonies in Argyll and Bute

Ceremony Enhancements

Oathing Stone The Oathing Stone is an old Scottish tradition where the couple place their hands upon a stone while saying their wedding vows. Any stone can be used for this purpose. One collected by the couple from a favourite place i.e. beach, local beauty spot etc would be appropriate. The stone can then be washed, scrubbed and treated with almond oil then wiped dry in order to give it a satin sheen (if desired). You can also arrange for the stone to be engraved with a Celtic knot etching, the date of the ceremony and your initials if you wish, although it isn’t necessary.

Your ceremony will include all the legal requirements but you can add your own personal touches too. We have detailed a few examples for you to consider but we will be happy to discuss any of your own ideas. Hand-fasting Ceremony Hand-fasting is an ancient Celtic/ Medieval custom, especially common in Scotland, in which two people come together at the start of their marriage to declare of their own free will that they intend to marry. While facing each other, the couple will join hands while a cloth is tied around their hands in a knot. This is where the

term “tie the knot” came from. Couples often choose to use a cloth made of a particular clan tartan or a specific colour of cloth symbolising something important to them. Quaich Ceremony A Quaich is a Scottish traditional two handled cup. You can fill the cup with a drink of your choice, usually whisky or you can combine two drinks symbolising the two of you becoming one. This can be drunk at the end of the ceremony for the first toast together as a married couple. The Quaich can be shared by just the couple or include their bridal party and family.

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