Our Highland Wedding

Our Highland Wedding

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Wedding Charms

Traditional Victorian wedding charms were made of sterling silver and were placed inside the wedding cake for guests to pull out...

We chose to make our own charms using polymer clay and "pulling" them from a basket rather than from the cake...

The traditional charms were given these meanings:
Magic Lamp ~~ Dreams Come True
Dollar Tree ~~ Financial Security
Heart ~~ Your Love is True
Rocking Chair ~~ Long Life
Wedding Bells ~~ Joyous Declaration
Anchor ~~ Stable Life
Cross ~~ Life of Peace and Tranquility
Four Leaf Clover ~~ Life of Good Luck
Horseshoe ~~ Good Luck and Prosperity
Heart Lock ~~ Faithful Love
Key ~~ Key to the Heart
Wishbone ~~ Wishes Come True
Chimney Sweep or Ladder and Brush ~~ Luck
Thistle ~~ Scottish Heritage
Celtic Knot ~~ Scottish Heritage and Love's Enduring Promise
The Saltire ~~ Scottish Heritage
Claddagh ~~ Friendship, Love, Loyalty
Celtic Cross ~~ Pledge to Defend the Home

Friday, October 1, 2010

Pledging to Provide and Protect

Symbolic gifts given and received by the bride and groom have deep tradition in a Scottish wedding...

The Groom gave his bride a sheaf of wheat, symbolizing his pledge to provide for their home.
The Bride gave her groom a piece of woven cloth, symbolizing her pledge to provide for their home.

The Groom gave a dagger or dirk, symbolizing his pledge to defend their home.
The Bride gave a Bible, symbolizing her pledge to defend their home.

The Groom would also give the bride a silver spoon to insure they never go without food.